Out of the archive: May 1991.
[much greater than] Project: The cover features the Keith W.
Johnson Zoo Center at the Bronx Zoo in New York City--known as the
"Elephant House." The structure, designed in 1908 by
architects Heins & LaFarge in the Beaux-Arts tradition, laid claim
to having been designed so beautifully it could have been a church or a
museum, as opposed to a home for really large mammals, such as
elephants, rhinoceroses or hippopotamuses (hence the story's title
"Pachyderm Palace"). The building however, was quite dark,
with only some natural light entering from windows and skylights. The
new lighting achieved better color rendering from a mixture of metal
halide, high-pressure sodium and quartz floodlights mounted on the
arched beams. The rotunda was illuminated by narrow-beam metal halide
floodlights through the skylights and five 100-W, narrow-beam quartz
floodlights with dimming capabilities above and around the perimeter of
the large central skylight. Hidden HPS floodlights washed the rotunda
ceilings and three incandescent recessed downlights washed a wall niche.
[much greater than] Education: An "Industry News" item
announced that Cooper Lighting had opened the doors of its
state-of-the-art demonstration center, The Source Cooper Lighting Center
in Elk Grove, IL. The half-acre working laboratory was designed to
"meet the needs of the full spectrum of the industry professionals,
advancing their skills through hands-on examination, the use of
classrooms, application areas, showrooms and lecture areas." The
Source is still going strong today but is now located in Peachtree City,
[much greater than] Views on the Visual Environment: Legendary and
longtime LD+A contributor Louis Erhardt was known for his charming
verbosity. This month's column, entitled "In a Nutshell,"
contained some of his favorite quotes; he led with one called
"Brevity" from Dr. Seuss: "It has often been said
there's so much to be read, you never can cram all those words in
your head. That's why my belief is the briefer the brief is the
greater the sigh of the reader's relief is."