The Creative Eye: light at the heart of architecture



For Claude Demers, research professor in the School of Architecture at Université Laval, the integration of the visual and thermal qualities of light in buildings is fundamental and should be part of the architect's basic skills.

The Creative Eye has sparked interest in the innovative use of cutting-edge technology in the architectural process.

The research/creation project The Creative Eye has helped to address environmental concerns through the perspective that architectural design is primarily the process of creating ambiance by the "skilled bricolage" of matter and energy. It has contributed to the development of expertise in the digital measurement of the thermal and visual aspects of light (through thermography and photometric imaging, respectively), providing the quantitative input essential for the creative process. In addition, 

The Creative Eye has sparked interest in the innovative use of cutting-edge technology in the architectural process. An in situ approach was used to generate design hypotheses. Scale models were also built using digital imaging. The Creative Eye has contributed to the renewal of architecture by using a creative design process to reinvest our experience of space with rich visual and thermal stimuli, moving beyond the essentially functional approach currently employed in environmental sciences. Nearly thirty master's and doctoral students have worked on The Creative Eye.

The project has been the subject of dozens of presentations, scientific articles and monographs, in addition to contributing to the analysis of various projects undertaken by the Ministère de l'Agriculture and the Ville de Québec.