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Lighting and Safety in Transit Environments: Does lighting affect perceived safety at subway platforms?
KTH, Superseded Departments (pre-2005), School of Architecture.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis will focus on the lighting at three underground stations in Stockholm, and the effects thereof on the perceived safety for the passengers on the platform. The platforms have distinctive different types of environments. Odenplan subway station has to a large extent an open platform, Hötorget subway station has a mostly semi-blocked, permeable platform and Östermalmstorg subway station has, to a large extent, a blocked platform. The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate whether the lighting affects the perceived passenger safety at the platforms and, if so, what are the essential aspects of lighting that are likely to be important for the perceived safety. Through the passenger interviews it is clear that good lighting and visibility affects the perceived safety at the platform. Further, it was concluded that not only lighting but also other environmental properties such as materials, surfaces, structures, and art work also adds to the overall perception of the passengers. Normally, an open structure is more likely to be perceived as safe, but lighting and the overall environment at the platform can easily change such perception to the negative. Since the same applies for the opposite situation, good lighting and a pleasant overall environment can make a platform be perceived as safe, even though the structure is blocked or closed. Keywords: Stockholm underground, subway station, lightness, darkness, transit environments, perception, safety, security and crime.

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2017.
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-214949OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-214949DiVA, id: diva2:1144354
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Architectural Lighting Design
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Master of Science - Architectural Lighting Design
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Available from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2017-09-26 Last updated: 2019-01-21Bibliographically approved

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