22. Jan 2014

No. 91 – Shaping the night

Nov/Dec 2013

A container for containers
„HafenCity Universität“ underground station in Hamburg/D
Text: Sonja Kiekens, Moritz Gieselmann
Authentic lighting design instead of simply meeting the norms, the subtle interplay of reflected coloured light rather than station walls papered with advertising: that is what “Universität” underground station on the U4 line in Hamburg is all about. A convincing concept, clever planning and expert realisation have transformed a transport facility into a walk-in light sculpture.

21st century paradise
Gardens by the Bay/SGP
Text: Moritz Gieselmann
In the centre of paradise there was a tree. All the pictures we have ever seen of this tree over the centuries depict it as a medium-sized apple tree with ripe apples hanging from it. It is always perfect from the point of view of shape, although it was not planted, fertilised or pruned by human hands. The “Gardens by the Bay” are also centred around trees, “Supertrees”, in fact. Perhaps a contemporary version of our conception of paradise: designed and constructed by man in line with today’s notion of beauty, and accessible close-up for a fee.

Handling our cultural heritage
Lighting World Heritage Cities – a case study of Valletta
Text: Rebecca Degiorgio
As part of her studies to gain a Master of Science degree in Light and Lighting from The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, Rebecca Degiorgio wrote her dissertation on the role urban lighting plays in historic urban centres, taking a closer look at amenity lighting that goes beyond the basic needs of safety. The study focussed on the City of Valletta, Malta and aimed to obtain the perceived diurnal and nocturnal image of the city and relate how designed urban lighting can help solve the problems and address the challenges the World Heritage Cities face.

Think BIG
A programme to develop a legible nocturnal image for Stockholm
Text: Sebnem Gemalmaz
When considering the new demands and needs of the globalised world, remarkably, image and identity are the basic concerns that city authorities focus on to show their cities’ local distinctiveness. While the globalised world is developing at a speed that is creating new responsibilities for cities, the role of urban lighting is changing as well. Public lighting installations are becoming an inevitable part of the future strategies of cities.

To light or not to light?
Text: Dr. Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska
Over the last hundred years, people have radically altered the appearance of the night sky. The development of industry, change in lifestyle and mass consumption depending on time of day – have all contributed to the loss of natural darkness in vast areas of our planet. The studies conducted so far indicate that lighting installations visible after dark negatively impact flora and fauna.

A changing market on the brink of a breakthrough
Text: Joachim Ritter
For years we have been describing the market as being in the throes of change. Very few have been truly aware of what this really means. Any sense of insecurity is beginning to fade now we have the feeling that we could indeed meet any challenges the future has in store for us. In that respect, the fourth Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC2013 in Copenhagen was not only a conference concerned with sharing and communicating the latest knowledge and research findings, but also a marketplace for shaping the future of the lighting design industry and rendering this visible and comprehensible to the “outside world”.

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