20. May 2016

From trends to transitions: re-defining the quality of urban lighting

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.

It is important to periodically evaluate and monitor developments and trends, as these will affect the quality of public lighting in the future. The ‘Roadmap Public lighting 2030’ document provides a basis for working on specific situations. It is designed to enable decision-makers to ask the right questions and to anticipate choices. Only municipalities and companies who understand future scenarios will understand how to act now and in the future. The process was headed by Iris Dijkstra (Atelier LEK) and Kirsten van Dam (Out Of Office). Both are qualified industrial design engineers, now specialised in lighting design and trend analysis. This combination connects the developments outside the field of public lighting with the needs within the field. Together with a multidisciplinary team, meetings were organised to provide a platform for consultants, contractors, designers, municipalities and specialists from outside the field of public lighting to discuss various relevant topics. A number of spin-off projects are currently underway which go deeper into specific subjects. […]


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