Abstract The traditional idea of urban public lighting is based on a double approach: on one side, economical savings and technical performances based on quantitative data, on the other side, the creative contribution of lighting practitioners focuses on enhancing urban amenity and strengthening the night-time experience of the city. This dual position is also well…Read more »

Playing with NATURALight

Waht about the city in the daylife? How light interact with materials, shapes, colours, phenomena affecting human perception? How ca we, as designers and researcher, observe the natural phenomena of direct and diffused natural lighting in the urban playground and translate it into meaninfgul ways to arrange the spaces in function of light perception? In…Read more »

Urban darkness (2): materials can passively lit the city

The efficiency and energy savings of public lighting are currently very hardly debated subjects and the general understanding supported by the lighting design practice agree that there is more to street lighting than percentage, figures, charts, calculations and statistics alone. The nighttime public lighting is a more complex argument: an increasing numbers of papers and…Read more »

Lighting + Nature (1): the garden

Designing a garden is related to the composition and combination of spaces and shapes. It is this intelligent play of assembled volumes that can be perceived by the juxtaposition of shadows and light reflected by the objects of the garden in order to give the human beings the visual perception of the space. As an…Read more »

Lighting + Nature (2): Algae bio-powering light

Increased awareness of the environmental effect of using fossil fuels as well as government targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions have resulted in an increased interest in methods of harnessing solar energy. Traditional techniques are based around the photovoltaic effect and have been successfully developed to produce a commercially viable product. More interesting for a…Read more »

Let’s switch on the Markthal @ TU/e

A social approach to lighting design: LIGHT-SPACE-PEOPLE-TIME RELATION considering context, nighttime based activity, people feedbacks and behaviours. In this prototpe situation, people are unconscious dynamic switches and are enabled to lit a portion of their space: lighting is shaped by the social use of the space and the space is shaped by lighting. The environment…Read more »

Urban darkness (6): reflections on metal pixels, mosaics and microsurfaces

Urban spaces are full of artificial lights that make the space generally visible, legible and sometimes very crowded of information and lighting signals. Urban lighting is not only about  functional luminaries and lighting fixtures but also lighting signs for street information and navigation and communication billboards for commercial advertisements are available. More than this, several…Read more »

Light + Energy + Art

Cities around the world are exploring energy self-sufficient systems in preparation for the end of conventional sources of energy such as oil: renewable energies are applied in form of  public artworks giving the urban planners a new and versatile tool for sustainable energy generation into cities in both small and large scale. There is an…Read more »

Lighting for all: a right and an opportunity

Energy is crucial to human well-being and to the socio-economical and health-environmental development of a country; conversely the situation of energy access is far for being a right for all: more than 2 billion people worldwide have no electric power and no hope of connecting on a national utility grid and an additional billion people…Read more »