This project investigates how the design and construction of residential high-rise buildings across London affect how people feel at home or not at home, at night. By focusing on how the people living in or near high-rise buildings respond to changes in natural light and use lighting in their home, the project explores the impact of light and dark on how people feel at home, or not at home, in the urban night.
The project is conducted in collaboration with the artist Rut Blees Luxemburg at the Royal College of Art, Theatre Mundi and Black Tower Projects. An exhibition will display the material and findings from the collaborative research in late 2020.
The project is generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust (reference ECF-2017-389), Theatrum Mundi and Queen Mary University of London's Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences' Collaborative Fund.
The project is directed by Casper Laing Ebbensgaard, a cultural geographer and Lecturer in Human Geography at UEA (former QMUL). His research interests include high-rise architecture and its role in everyday life, lighting design and the urban night, ideas of publicness and public life, and notions of home and belonging. He is currently working on a book that explores how the residential high-rise in London can be understood as home, or not as home, in the urban night.