01. Mar 2012

No. 82 – Lighting masterplans

Feb /Mar 2012

Interactive into the future
Three exemplary installations designed by Moment Factory, Montreal/CDN

Interactive into the future. Three exemplary installations designed by Moment Factory, Montreal/CDN
Text: Joachim Ritter, Moment Factory
For over 20 years Lyon’s Fête des Lumières event and the efforts undertaken by the French city to coordinate the use of electric lighting in their urban planning was regarded as trend-setting or even exemplary. Indeed, many designers see Lyon as the place where the lighting masterplan first saw light of day (or night). Right now urban lighting is witnessing what might be described as revolutionary rumblings. Digital light has opened gateways to new worlds. The gateways are big and the worlds three-dimensional and interactive.

Exemplary. A lighting masterplan for Abu Dhabi 2030/UAE
Text: Lara El Hashem
Many people have heard of Abu Dhabi, but there are few who have taken the time to understand what this city is all about. For a long time it was cast in the shadow of Dubai, but when the Burj Dubai almost did not reach its peak during the economic crisis, it was Abu Dhabi – or to be exact Sheik Chalifa bin Zayid Al Nahyan from Abu Dhabi – who finally managed to get it built. The towering structure is now referred to as Burj Chalifa. At the same time the sheik also managed to weave his own concepts into the project. These focus primarily on sustainability. But what is it that is so fascinating about Abu Dhabi? Is it really a good example and a model for cities of the future? Or will it end up sharing the same fate as other concepts that go down as being too utopian. And last but not least: what is the basis of its approach to urban development? Is it design, energy saving or perhaps the successful combination of both?

Three religions – one masterplan.The lighting masterplan for the Old City of Jerusalem/IL
Text: Roger Narboni
From very early times, the walled city of Jerusalem was built and developed according to the availability of water. Its long, world famous history can still be read and understood in the hand-crafted sculpted landscape that surrounds it. The complexity of the constellation of the holy city, the land it is built on and the topography of the terrain is what gives the Old City of Jerusalem its special character and charm. Retracing the form and silhouette of the city through lighting was a huge challenge, which is why the team of lighting designers from Concepto headed by Roger Narboni gladly embarked on the great endeavour.

The urban stage. Permanent projection art in the public realm in Beirut/LB
Text: Lara El Hashem
As part of its continuous initiative to develop Beirut’s city centre, Solidere, a Lebanese private company for the development and reconstruction of Beirut Central District, launched Lighting Beirut Architecture in June 2011. This is the first project to involve the illumination of a large urban area using permanent image projections. The team working on the project comprised Frenchbased design studio Light Cibles, image projection and multimedia design specialists DIAP France, and Lampo Middle East.

Lighitng design – New paradigms for urban spaces and their users
Text: Eduardo Gonçalves
The recognition that urban space is complex and consists of many typologies means that a research study on the topic needs to be well defined. The research will focus on urban centres, and specifically on pedestrian spaces with or without
slow-moving traffic.

The role of lighting masterplans
Text: Dennis Köhler, Raphael Sieber
When we talk about coordinated lighting in the public realm we now know what we are talking about and why we need it. Or do we? Some refer to such initiatives as ‘lighting master plans’ or ‘a masterplan for the lighting’, a ‘public lighting scheme’, ‘an overall lighting concept’, a ‘lighting plan’, ‘an urban lighting
scheme’ or ‘lighting guidelines’. What is the correct term? Perhaps this terminology is overrated at least inasmuch as the terms listed above do not allow any conclusions to be made as to the contents of such a plan. Let us take a closer look.

Designers who have chosen to work with light. An interview with Mark Major and Keith Bradshaw
Even Speirs + Major, one of the most well known lighting design firms in the world, need to continue to develop their practice. Their firm conviction to delivering quality remains a constant in the development of their work and their team. In the last two years everything has been reviewed and challenged. Joachim and Alison Ritter talked to Mark Major and Keith Bradshaw and learnt about their interesting approach to projects and their new understanding of the role and responsibilities of the lighting designer.

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