This note, GEN 24, originally published in February 1999, was reviewed by the original author, John Gelder in January 2004. This summary page includes recent updates to the topic since publication.
There is a growing awareness in Australia of the problem of light pollution. Building design professionals have an important role to play in tackling light pollution but, sometimes, see light pollution simply in terms of nuisance or aesthetics. This Note seeks to raise designers’ awareness of light pollution as a broader issue, by exploring the biological, ecological and functional effects, as well as nuisance and aesthetics. The Note also looks at what contributions can be made by designers and others in solving the problem.