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Tuesday, September 19 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Civic Daylight for NYC’s Straphanger: NYC’s Fulton St Transit Hub

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Architect and daylighting consultant Davidson Norris will discuss the Fulton St Transit Center, where its signature Sky Reflector Net uses reflection to “bring the sky down” and into the experience of the deeply subterranean subway user and then uses reflection again to offer that same subway user an equally unexpected “let the eye out” view of the sky.
To “bring the sky down”, we created a glass oculus to continuously admitted diffuse skylight or direct sunlight. Below the oculus we hung a hemispherical field of reflective aluminum panels clipped to a lightweight cable net. Fine tuning the double curved cable net geometry allowed us to reflect unexpected images of sunlight on subway circulation paths.

The Net’s secondary goal was to “let the eye out”. When users, confronted by sunlight patches three levels below grade, looked up to source it, they not only had a direct view of the sky through the oculus, but also an expanded panoramic view of the surrounding cityscape as reflected off the net’s upper field of aluminum panels.

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David Norris

Principal, Carpenter Norris Consulting, Inc
Davidson Norris is an architect and a principal, along with sculptor James Carpenter, of Carpenter Norris Consulting, an architecture, daylighting design and consulting firm based in New York City and founded in 1996.CNC has served as daylighting design advisor on projects that include... Read More →

Tuesday September 19, 2023 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
The SMART Center Seminar Room TM 4826