CIRCADIAN TREE | 2012
RESEARCH PROJECT_ HIGHLIGHT: URBAN RECONTEXTUALIZATION THROUGH THE LIGHT
PROTOTYPE IV: CIRCADIAN TREE
Reduce the symptoms of diseases caused by lack of sunlight. One of the most important is seasonal affective disorder. Provoked by the deregulation of biological rhythms or circadian cycle. From light, it is possible to artificially manipulate these cycles, as well as the amounts of cortisol or activating certain hormones such as melatonin.
The process is the following:
From about 30 light at eye level, the light signal starts from the retina by the optic pathway, the optic nerve, until reaching the hypothalamus, this hypothalamus sends messages to the pineal gland and the date of the day is night, light there is no light If there is light, it is day we stop making melatonin and start making cortisol, it is night, we stop making cortisol, start making melatonin, this cycle is called circadian cycle, lasts almost a day.
The artificial regulation of the cycle starts from this object, this light from the light, the luminous flux from the point shape, placing the point of light at the reflector focus, and the diffuse shape, following the law of lambert or perfect diffuser.The grouping of these pineapples of light, the place of the CIRCADIAN TREE, the place of temporary form in those places where this lack of natural light is present at certain times of the year.