25. May 2016

Main topic: Creative tunnel lighting

Genius Luci – EUR in Rome

Text: Helena Conelian Gentili, Carlo D’Alesio, Daria Casciani


This article describes “Genius Luci”, the winning project in an international lighting design ideas competition which was staged to spread the culture of light beyond the narrow circle of professionals and to stimulate discussion among other disciplines in order to underline the importance of creative solutions for future urban lighting environments.

An uplifting experience:
Two lighting installations in the historical centre of Zutphen/NL

Light artist: Herman Kuijer
Text: Joachim Ritter


The Dutch are not necessarily known worldwide for tunnel building. As a rule, all they need to organise across their modest stretch of flat land are a few underpasses under the rivers. What they are good at, though, is applying modern lighting solutions in these very underpasses. There are a number of highly interesting examples of applications that demonstrate how dingy and/or technical looking underpasses can be transformed into HCL-rated projects, provided the term HCL is not confined to biorhythms and shifts in colour temperature.

Hal and half:

The Cuyperspassage in Amsterdam

Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
Text: Joachim Ritter


The idea is not entirely new: tiles used to line a tunnel. The result generally tends to give rise to a somewhat clinical atmosphere. But if you divide the tunnel into two halves and design each section completely differently, the tiled wall part can suddenly enhance the whole space to the extent that it becomes delightful. There is nothing as instructive as a direct comparison. Dividing a tunnel into two totally different spaces and designing them differently into the bargain gives us the opportunity to take a closer look at both versions and discover some basic rules for designing the lighting. Since we can presume that all the standards for illuminance have been met, the question remains as to why we may prefer the one or the other half of the tunnel. What effect does a dark ceiling have? How significant are shiny or reflective surfaces?

Alternative down under:

Empire Blackyard underground gallery in Moscow City/RUS

Text: Joachim Ritter      
Spatial concept and lighting design: L1 in collaboration with Solvers Engineering and artist Anton Grechko


The Russian capital has a new financial and business district: Moscow City. The development has made a significant change to the city skyline, which can now join ranks with the likes of London, Frankfurt and New York City. But as it is in our cities today, a part of what goes on there takes place “below ground”. Tunnels, underpasses and subways ad infinitum. One idea to get around the situation: make the best of it, and turn the potentially gloomy passageways into a creative stage.


Inspiring change – Introducing streets as outdoor corridors

Text: Rouzana K. Kopti


The idea behind my Master thesis back in 2013 was to elaborate on the importance of lighting narrow streets in urban public spaces, which, unlike similar interior spaces such as ‘corridors’, often remain neglected. My vision was to redefine these outdoor spaces to create ‘outdoor corridors’. It is a while now since I graduated, but as time goes by and the more I travel and explore, the more I am convinced that the lighting of such spaces can make a major difference to the use and reputation of the urban realm.


The public realm – the realm that belongs to the public

Text: Riccardo Marini


Urban quality is all about place making, turning a neighbourhood, town or city from a place you cannot wait to get through to one you never want to leave. But what kind of city do the city dwellers want? Does anyone ever ask them?!


Urban lighting strategies now and in the future

Text: Iris Dijkstra

Frogs have the peculiar characteristic that they do not perceive subtle changes in temperature: they will forget to jump out if you slowly bring water to boiling point. This “Boiled Frog syndrome” is also happening within the field of public lighting: subtle risks and changes are not noticed. It is more convenient to keep the status quo.


Lighting Master Plans – what then?

Text: Roger Narboni

The lighting master plan has become an essential tool for multidisciplinary teams who need to think in terms of urban development 24 hours a day. In future, we will need to systematically implement a multidisciplinary approach with the goal of providing lighting designer consultancy services to help each city (the technical services team and the elected politicians) take ownership of these new strategies. Consultation with and participation of the inhabitants in the construction of their night-time environment should also be encouraged and developed.


Think Tank 2015 Lighting design in the urban realm

Text: Jacinda Ross, Jenny Werbell


Results of a one day Think Tank by experts: Lorna Goulden, Roger Narboni, Tapio Rosenuis, Riccardo Marini, Martin Valentine, Dr. Alexander Rieck, Daniel Latorre.


LED outdoor advertising in the urban context – Case study of “Walk”: a video installation integrated into the façade of a store in Zürich/CH.

Text: Dr.-Ing. Arch. Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska and Dipl.-Ing. Julia Hartmann


This article addresses core issues concerning the use of LED outdoor advertising on buildings in the urban context. Given that this topic is so new and complex, we need a realistic basis for evaluation in order to be able to design and realise such systems based on specific know-how and skills. A first step would be to draw up emission control regulations in order to protect human beings, flora and fauna and the atmosphere from hazardous effects caused by lighting and to prevent any harmful effects arising. As professional lighting designers, it is the responsibility to be involved in compiling such regulations and laws. The necessary development and compilation of guidelines for animated LED outdoor advertising should be part of this process. If this process is developed and disseminated in a constructive, open fashion, it could prove to be an extremely useful tool for local authorities and designers.



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