"The think tank PhoScope (Gk. photo “light,”skopos “aim”) takes a “socio-photocentric” stance on the built environment to advance the practice, education and critical study of light. Reclaiming the Greek etymology of light, PhoScope also redefines and repositions the lighting design discipline as Phototecture (Gk. tektōn “builder”): its neologisms serve as a manifesto and are woven into all of its initiatives. Over the years, the nonprofit has become an experimental platform to pursue technical and social innovation and critical study through research and projects.
Works presented include the charitable global solar lighting initiative “Light Reach” – with ongoing programs in Puerto Rico and Lebanon; “Dermaphotor” – which questions and resolves our industry’s pervasive bias towards fair skin; and “Phomo Sapiens,” – whose evolved vision substitutes for today’s lighting devices and optics needed by our seeing bodies.
As it pushes visual and technical boundaries to investigate minimal and ecological lighting solutions, PhoScope seeks to empower wide new audiences with lighting knowledge and best practices and to scaffold a new agency for pivotal change and social justice in lighting."