Progressing the Rights to Light Debate Part 1: A Review of Current Practice.

Chynoweth, P 2004, 'Progressing the Rights to Light Debate Part 1: A Review of Current Practice.' , Structural Survey, 22 (3) , pp. 131-137.

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In a previous issue of this journal, Pitts (2000) called for a debate on the continued relevance of current surveying practice in rights to light cases. Specifically, he invited discussion on the use of the so-called “fifty-fifty” rule and on whether the use of the traditional “grumble point” could still be justified. Four years later that call remains unanswered. The lack of response may, at least in part, reflect the small pool of expertise in the field and the difficulties encountered by most practitioners in gaining access to the relevant professional knowledge in this area. This is the first in a series of papers which have been written in response to Pitts’ earlier contribution. This paper reviews the nature of current rights to light practice and cites key historical sources to enable interested readers to acquaint themselves with its underlying principles. The hope is that this may facilitate the debate and encourage others to comment on the validity of the current methodology as Pitts had hoped. Two subsequent papers will perhaps go further than Pitts had anticipated. He questioned whether technological advances and increasing expectations about levels of illumination have made current practices obsolete. These papers will, instead, question the theoretical basis of the practices themselves. They will trace the historical development of the current methodology and will argue, contrary to all expectations, that it is actually unsupported by any reliable empirical or scientific evidence.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Subjects / Themes > N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Structural Survey
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0263-080X
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2007 14:12
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:49

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