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Light in the Urban Night

February 10, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

What makes for a good luminous environment? What distinguishes a good luminous environment from a bad one?

Through this winter night walk we will experience various exterior luminous environments at night using our primary tool of visual perception – our eyes. Beginning at the Kendall Square T Stop, we will meander through the MIT and Kendall Square area stopping at notable projects to discuss design solutions, as well as note how various public spaces create place through lighting, the perception of safety (or not), and minimize glare and light pollution.

An interactive scavenger hunt will augment lively discussion through the two-hour walk, ending at an outdoor food-and-drink establishment.

  • Meet at Kendall Square T stop at 5:30pm
  • Walk through Kendall / MIT area stopping at various locations along the route
  • End at Termeer Square around 7:30pm

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Experience various luminous environments at night to understand their qualitative differences.
  2. Understand the impacts of lighting decisions on light pollution.
  3. Understand what goes into creating comfortable night time luminous experiences.
  4. Explore typical and not-so-typical solutions for the urban realm at night.


The built environment is better off when its plus Lam Partners. We hope you can join in for this Built Environment Plus event. If the cost is prohibitive, a scholarship form to apply to attend for free is below.

Please note: We ask that masks be worn for the duration of the walk.


Dan Weissman AIA, MIES, Associate IALD

Dan Weissman AIA, MIES, Associate IALD

Senior Associate & Director of Lam Labs

A registered architect, Dan has over 12 years of experience in architectural lighting and is a leader in the firm’s endeavors in digital technologies, daylighting, dynamic lighting, and academic engagement as Director of Lam Labs. In 2018, Dan was named as one of “40 under 40” international lighting designers by Lighting Magazine. Dan recently completed building his first mandolin from scratch. He tends a garden, along with two very active children, and bakes two sourdough loaves a week.

Keith J. Yancey IALD, AIA, LC, P.E.

Keith J. Yancey IALD, AIA, LC, P.E.


With over 35 years of experience in the fields of lighting and engineering, Keith’s portfolio includes lighting for college campuses, parks and resorts, pedestrian malls, and urban streetscapes, as well as numerous museums, universities, offices, and hospitals. Being registered as both an architect and engineer has embodied his interest in both the art and science of lighting. Keith knew he wanted to be a lighting designer when he designed his first luminaire in kindergarten, using a blue marble, a miniature flashlight, some string, and a box.



Don't let cost keep you from participating. Scholarships for our events and trainings are provided by our friends at the R.W. Kern Center. Apply for free admission.

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February 10, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Kendall Square
247 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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