Text: Roger Narboni, Pascal Chautard

11. Feb 2015

Workshop to develop a Lighting Master Plan
for the city of Medellín and the Aburrá Valley, Colombia

 It is the first time ever that a professional workshop on lighting master planning has been held in the city of Medellín in Colombia. It took place in the framework of EILD 2014, a gathering of Ibero-American lighting designers. The objective was to teach the workshop participants a working methodology for designing the nightscape of the metropolitan area of Medellín. The workshop comprised 41 professionals (lighting designers and architects from different countries in Central and South America, architects and engineers from Empresas Públicas de Medellín, and the City Planning Department). The objective was to lay down the basis for a lighting master plan for the city with its 2,636 million inhabitants – in just six days. The task comprised considering the city nightscape and the inevitable black infrastructure as a result of the 2030 stipulations: development studies had been carried out by the municipality (study BIO 2030 of the Valley of Aburrá) and the territorial organisation plan for the city was approved on 3. November, 2014.

The workshop was held in Pavilion Medellín in the administrative centre of the city in collaboration with governmental entities such as Empresas Públicas de Medellín (responsible for the renovation and the maintenance of the city’s public lighting), the Department of territorial management of the municipality and the urban planning division of Medellín. It was headed by French lighting designer Roger Narboni from the design practice Concepto, who has developed studies for more than 120 lighting master plans (LMP) of cities around the world, in collaboration with Pascal Chautard, French lighting designer based in Chile, Fanny Guérard, French lighting designer from Concepto, and Colombian architect David Vanegas. The results of the instructive and productive workshop were presented to the delegates of EILD 2014 and to Medellín’s Director for Urban Planning on 7. November, 2014. After visiting Medellín by day and by night and hearing lectures about the city’s urban strategy, an analysis of the existing lighting in Medellín, and the methodology for developing a lighting master plan – illustrated by many examples of French and foreign studies of LMPs – the participants were divided into seven groups to reflect on issues raised through the analysis.[…]

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The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 96

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