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WE ARE LIGHT

A CELEBRATION OF THE UNESCO INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LIGHT 2015


COPYRIGHT INFO This press release has been realized thanks to IALD www.iald.org Š Chiara Carucci, Lighting-Related Organizations, 2015


We are Light


FOREWORD

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ith the people for the people, through Light. This was the ambitious goal of a year-long celebration of the most powerful trigger. It is able to modulate the brain, to inspire creativity, to induce feelings, to encourage talks and debates, to return the beauty of the world we live in, by letting us see clearly in every conditions: this is just a part of what light could do and the people who are fascinated about it. From this point of view, 50 different events have been listed in the Official Activities Programme by L-RO, official partner of UNESCO, for the IYL2015. The aim now is to assimilate them, to learn from the people involved and to go back to the essence of this sharing: light, lighting and its infinitive depth.


ABSTRACT

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uring 2015 lighting designers, educators and students from 20 different countries have donated part of their working hours selflessly in favour of the profession, in order to realize the events. These cover social, technical, educational, cultural and artistic approaches to light and its technology. To celebrate them and, moreover, to learn from them, a collection of the official events by Lighting-Related Organizations is presented. The intention is not to show a review of what happened, but to look at this Year in a deeper way, in order to create something to ground the next lighting design challenges on. The main goal of L-RO for the IYL2015 experience was expanding the knowledge of lighting beyond the industry all over the world: spreading the interest about light between other realities and working initiatives, by getting closer to a larger group of people. This publication would be helping the purpose of this challenge, by expanding

the audience. The addressed end user is, in fact, other fields’ professionals, related to lighting, such as architects engineers or technicians, as well as light lovers and people who want to start approaching light in a deeper and more meaningful way. Speaking of numbers, the Official Activities Program by L-RO for the IYL2015 is comprised by 7 educational events, 10 exhibitions, 7 nets of co-working and 3 sister project. Together with all the organizers of these events, that put their own words to the disposal of this publication, the Who / What / How / When questions are going to be answered. Who are the actual main characters in the several specific lighting fields, What is considered nowadays belonging to the lighting world - considering the necessity of having a merged and shared lighting knowledge and facilities - How to cooperate with each other and When this happened and could continue happening.


Education

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he fil rouge of all the conferences and workshop that have run during 2015 is centred on the wish to join people together. The reason behind is the diversity of all the participants involved in those events: lighting designers - artists - psychologists - biologist - scientists and so on, all together with the organizers, desiring to share knowledge. This is the reflection of the infinite amount of definitions that Light can have in formal and non-professional language (please look in the Network chapter at You say Light I think Shadow is the one of the best examples of multiple and variegate meanings of the same word), which brings the need for shared information, in order to create a similar, if not equal, background. Each field of application, in fact, requires a specific language, but in those aggregative situations, such as the educational ones, Light is declined in several disciplines and branches and turned out to be the mean of cohesion.


Global Theme, is the duty of all the educational opportunities to raise awareness towards a deeper meaning and understanding of light and lighting, which goes through the plan of creating a spread and shared language.

LIGHTSCHOOL

The official educational programme has been covering the whole world and has started from different local bias. In the case of the Light Symposium that took place in Stockholm, Sweden, for example, the attention to the aspect of health care, which is the key conductor of the KTH Lighting Laboratory studies, is well emphasized from the very beginning. Instead, what happened in UK with Light School, was based on looking at the ability of lighting design to shape spaces and places. This variety of main topics can be found in all the different events, but it is reasonable to think that some general trends can be identified. The goal of this chapter is to categorise, according to a Thematic Analysis, all those aspects that, despite the geographical location and the professional culture, can be identified as Educational Lighting Priorities. As already mentioned, the main issue, which could be described as the Major

Place Transforming Urban Hospitality Media Faรงade Social Lighting Communication Architecture Life Improvement Economy Colour Technology Daylight Art Evidence Design User Integration Perception These are some of the words which the extended Lighting Design community speaks with, nowadays. By gathering the different topics together, four Global Themes can be generated. Light is considered a key tool for Life Improvement. From a Biological standpoint, a research has showed that light exposure affects people within two different routes, Image and Non Image Forming paths, which are re-


spectively related to the visual experience and ability, and the physiological and psychological states. It is possible to relate this to all the application fields with no difference, leading potentially to a better cross communication of our intentions, grounded on a deep research, which takes in consideration all the effects that a person can have by the light. Everyone’s first approach to light is with the natural one, Daylight is still a very delicate topic, especially in areas where there is a big seasonal difference in terms of dark and bright hours. All the latest research are proud to show the coherence of the relationship between light Zeitgebers and circadian rhythm (Mariana G Figueiro, Light Symposium, 2015), as well as the abil-

XVII SEMINARIO DE ILUMINACIÓN IES MÉXICO

ity to modulate directly our brain by inducing certain feelings. Despite this, in most of the cases, we still refer to daylight as something beautiful to perceive, to enjoy. What is fascinating about natural light is the fact that it is giving us, as a present, stunning images to keep in our mind: rainbows; northern and southern lights; sunset (please look in the Network chapter at Share Your Sunset). People love beauty, the one that according to physics is not just subjective, but resides in the brain of the beholders. Art does the same. It is, in fact, also the acronym of Attention Restoration Theory, used in Environmental Psychology to introduce the ease of getting concentrated on a task after spending time in nature,


LIGHT SYMPOSIUM

or even looking at scenes of nature. This would be possible thanks to the fascination that these environments are able to induce to people. Sometimes these two meanings go together, having some art pieces mimicking natural characteristics or scenarios, but even when an artist takes a distance from those ones, then the fascination to the beauty is enough to induce positive feelings and emotions. Art together with and through light could be used as a very powerful tool. This goes through the Perception, the subjective experience that every type of light and lighting can provoke to each person. Education, so far, has

managed to break the limits related to the strict personal experience and culture, trying to go slightly beyond it, in order to address possible reactions to certain scenarios. The basic example is with colour that is still sorted as one of the greatest triggers to human mood and behaviour. Still a subjective perception is the experience of space, as soon as we approach it or after having stayed there for a while. The architecture can be completely shaped by light (Sharon Shammers, Martin Lupton, Light School, 2015) and in this case the understanding of Technology is essential to turn it into an advantage.


IALD ENLIGHTEN


SPEAKERS FROM

canada CONFERENCE

MexicoPaul Mercier IES

SPEAKERS FROM

usa

CONFERENCE

Glenn Shrum Lighting MFA, Parsons

Mariana G. Figueiro Lighting Research Center

Haller C Benet IES

Nathalie Rozot Parsons

Satchidananda Panda Salk Institute

Matthew Tanteri HLB Lighting Design

Francesca Bastianini Lumen Architecture

Denise Fong Stantec

Ana Baptista Parsons

Rick Gottlieb IES

Brian McGrath School of Constructed Environments, Parsons

Charles G Stone II Fisher Marantz Stone

Steven Rosen Available Light

SPEAKERS FROM

MEXICO CONFERENCE

Liliana Gonzalez Rimer Lighting

Yazmin Villagran Universidad Veracruzana

Ana María Cetto National Autonomous University of Mexico

Peter Petersen Forest Lighting

SPEAKERS FROM CONFERENCE

BRAZIL

Tatianade Albuquerque RBF Arquitetura de Iluminação

SPEAKERS FROM CONFERENCE

Gladys Gatti Philips Lighting

ARGENTINA


SPEAKERS FROM

SWEDEN CONFERENCE

Isabel Villar ÅF Lighting

Alexandra Manson ÅF Lighting

Stefan Sjöberg Kjellander+Sjöberg Architects

Chiara Carucci L-RO ÅF Lighting

SPEAKERS FROM

DENMARK CONFERENCE

Bettina Hauge TU Denmark

SPEAKERS FROM Martine Knoop TU Berlin

Germany CONFERENCE

Dwayne Waggoner Lichtvision

SPEAKERS FROM

ITALY

CONFERENCE

Raul Pantaleo Tamassociati

SPEAKERS FROM Isabelle Corten, Concepteurs Lumière Sans Frontières

Juste Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga Unesco

FRANCE CONFERENCE

Roger Narboni Concepteurs Lumière Sans Frontières, Concepto

SPEAKERS FROM SPAIN CONFERENCE

Neil Harbisson Cyborg Artist

Rafael Gallego Aureo Lighting

SPEAKERS FROM

uk

CONFERENCE

Paul James Mondo*arch magazine

Peter Veale Firefly Lighting

Sanjit Bhara Design Plus Light

James Duff Arup Lighting

Michael Grubb Michael Grubb Studio

Rebecca Weir Light IQ

Mark Ridler BDP Lighting

Ellie Coombs Nulty+

Christopher Knowlton Electrolight

Neil Knowles Elektra Lighting

Sally Storey Lighting Design International

James Siddle Idea Works

Anna Kharchenkova Light Bureau

Elettra Bordonaro Social Light Movement

Mellissa Mak Arup Lighting

David McNair Lighting Specialist

Colin Ball BDP Lighting

David Atkinson David Atkinson Lighting Design


Exhibitions

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ight as an impression involves more than one sensation and is needed for more than one purpose. In terms of vision, light creates a hierarchy of values, establishing: what is important to see or, in major cases, where it is nice or feels safer to stay - imagining a dark room and a light room in comparison, very likely a person will tend to stay in the lit one to feel more comfortable - which are the perceptual experiences, such as bright / dim, uniform/not uniform, or peripheral/overhead. It is also playing with our memories, in fact it is able to trigger past emotions by association with specific evocative spaces, working as a cue to already known feelings. As already mentioned, there is a potential biological link between ART and the search for pleasantness, therefore emotions and light, in these terms, have their own space with regard to installations and its characteristic of magic space-creator. Light art is a way, for the artists, to express themselves, as is a painting for a painter and a sculpture for a sculptor. The light is translated into a medium to impress people and to create “the Play of Brilliance” (Jeux De Lumière, Light Col-


lective, Paris) , again, to get fascinated by. Considering the already discussed research over the physical influence of light on the brain, if we merge the innate pursuit of beauty and the ability of light to modulate our feelings, by stimulating specific parts of the brain, it is possible to understand the potential effect that a light installation can have on people, by playing on both psychological and physical levels. In the IYL2015 Official Activity Program, the curators, the artists, the lighting designers involved in the exhibition have challenged themselves, using light as a medium. Each and every one of them has enhanced a peculiarity, an aspect of the light world. Its dynamism, for instance, through a vibrant show under the big topic of Play of Brilliance, from Richard Kelly, in order to get advantage of features such as reflection and colour changing. Its relation with sound, as two of the main triggers for our body and brain, so means of communication of emotions. Its holistic essence and its power of gathering, that manage to let people feel closer, even complete strangers, in order to talk about their visual impressions (Grus Grus, Carla Jardim _ Winter Solstice Call, Nora Imaz, Spain). To understand how many ways light can be translated in, it follows a selection of the most beautiful images of all the Exhibition Programme. It includes all the potential aspects of a show, by merging together the artistic, technical, social and interactive approach.


ORGANIZER ARUP - MEMBER OF L-RO: SOCIETY OF LIGHT AND LIGHTING

00:00:00 EXHIBITION UNITED KINGDOM


ORGANIZER MILENE GUERMONT

L-RO: ACE | ASSOCIATION DES CONCEPTEURS LUMIERE ET ÉCLAIRAGISTES

PHRASES EXHIBITION FRANCE


Grus Grus Fly And Glow Guerrilla Lighting EXHIBITION SPAIN ORGANIZER CARLA JARDIM MEMBER OF L-RO : APDI ASOCIACIÓN PROFESIONAL DE DISEÑADORES DE ILUMINACIÓN

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ight and sound installation inspired by the quality and character of daylight. It is an investigation in dynamic ambiances and how we relate to them. The aim is to find out if

there are common experiences related to certain dynamics in light, colour and sound. The newly opened lab at Konstfack is a space for acoustic and visual experiments, built and sponsored by Tyréns. It has the possibility to recreate almost any acoustic space and together with the lighting it transforms the white box into a place for experiencing a parallel world. The event is planned and organized by lighting and acoustic designers from Tyréns. In a lecture in connection with the installation they will be sharing their personal thoughts on the ever-changing notion of light and inviting you for open reflections on the theme. Photo credits: Enno Ladwig


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ho folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish”. This lighting installation - guerilla action in a public space - is conceived to demonstrate the power of light in urban communities. The general public is invited to participate actively.

Photographer Federica Ipsaro Passione

ORGANIZER TYRENS - MEMBER OF L-RO: LJUSKULTUR

Listen to the Light EXHIBITION SWEDEN


Seasur

EXHIBITION UNITED KINGDOM SPRING RELEASE PARTICIPATORY ART PROJECT UK ORGANIZER GAVRIIL PAPADIOTIS JORGE O. ROMERO RANAGRI MEMBER OF L-RO: IALD INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIGHTING DESIGNERS


Jeux De Lumière EXHIBITION FRANCE

ORGANIZER LIGHT COLLECTIVE


ORGANIZER LHYMO LAB

VITA LUMINIS EXHIBITION ARGENTINA

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udiovisual performance by Lhymo Lab, with motion capture technology

projected onto a city landmark opencast, for general public. It is an event of short duration, outdoor open urban setting. Through new technologies, by projecting into the architecture of the place and controlling the night light, it develops an au di ovi su a l c h o r e o g r a p h y t h a t i nteracts with a dancer in real time.

Photo Favio Navoni

Photo Christian Ruiz


ORGANIZER NORA IMAZ

WINTER SOLSTICE CALL EXHIBITION SPAIN

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ustainable lighting installation that maintains coherency with every day’s city image. A crea-

tive idea by Nora Imaz, Winter Solstice Call is important to prompt consciousness for Lighting Design in our urban spaces, especially in 2015. Through this activity they showed alternative manners of creating a Christmas lighting installation for our urban environments based on local possibilities, aptitudes and aspirations.


ORGANIZER ØYVIND LØBACH MEMBER OF L-RO: LYSKULTUR

Tønsber EXHIBITION NORWAY

Photographer Federica Ipsaro Passione


NETWORK

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personal story can be combined with the cultural context, related maybe to the geographical position or religious belief, as well as ethics and moral values, but it will still be influencing any shared feeling. Referring to the Major Global Theme of the whole Educational Programme, to raise awareness of the light and lighting topic, it is important to share and get connected, in order to have a look at our own working field from a different perspective. Nevertheless, light itself is a connector, an invisible thread that goes around the world, creating a net. Lighting designers, light artists and light lovers in general, are like passionate spiders that establish every type of possible relations, professional and informal, friendly and commercial, so they can highlight the importance of research, promote lighting in sustainable development and explain the intimate link between light, art and culture. This is what Lighting Designers and Educators do on a daily basis. In addition to this net, there is what lighting professionals learn from people. Every single attention gathered from a daily report


is a contribution to a more sensitive design. It is refreshing to receive new ideas, from another creative mind, to discuss a topic with a culture in the opposite side of the world (Paul James, Darc night, Darc Award 2015). The result is a multi-level dialog that starts from the will to work together with people in order to treat the world with conscious light (Aleksandra Stratimirovic, Sandra Praun, You Say Light I Think Shadow, 2015). This exchange is, as already mentioned, also a way to set up a common language that could, in the same time, both identify lighting professionals and open up new doors to other fields of light (Nathalie Rozot, Phoswords of the Year 2015, Phoscope, 2015), because it is never just the topic of a discussion the only thing to be relevant, but the way it is framed has the same impact (Chiara Carucci, Anna Sbokou, #welovelight, 2015). Light, as the main topic, is an always open system to new colloquial setting. This is what a well made net is. All the competitions, book release and web events, that have been used to join people together throughout the world during this year, have had exactly these intentions: to help connect, to grow up and get better and fall back in love together.


#WeLOVElight “Irresistible, amusing, exciting, the climactic end to a first date...”

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video by the Coordinators of L-RO and the collective of filmmakers Zero

zerovideo.net. As Lighting Designers, we wish to make our profession better known and understood. Because consumers are such a powerful force, we decided to go so far as to try to influence our B2B “sales” by directly influencing general public. #WeLoveLight is an open announcement: Lighting Design is an affordable service for everyone. Quality lighting is as much a right as health care. This video is dedicated to all the lighting designers, moreover it is a declaration of love to the wider public: all the people we hope to work with and share our passion, our knowledge, our skills and our resources. Lighting Designers #WeLoveLight

WWW.YOUTU.BE/KXCO_UDY-WA

VIDEO: WORLDWIDE ORGANIZER CHIARA CARUCCI ANNA SBOKOU


Share your Sunset PROJECT ORGANIZER PATSY LOUISE BELLIDO YOUSEF TAVAKOLI MEMBER OF L-RO: KTH

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he blog Focal Glow has been a link between our multicultural readers

and lighting by creating an online event, inviting people to join us by sharing their pictures of the sunset in the city they live in. The participants sent their pictures through our social media pages, without digital filters. The collected images has been pinned to a custom made map and it was presented on our blog, celebrating the variations, qualities and colors daylight has during sunset.

amsterdam 23 March 2015

Photographer Martina Frattura

Premios Iluminet PUBLICATION WORLDWIDE ORGANIZER: ILUMINET WWW.ILUMINET.COM

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uminet Magazine has developed the first Lighting Design awards geared towards designers in Latinamerica, Spain and Portugal. An unprecedented opportunity to show the creativity of lighting designers in the region to the world. They received 135 projects and the 50 most outstanding ones were selected to be part of a sample called Panorama presented on November 6th 2014 in EILD 2014 in Medellin, Colombia. premios.iluminet.com


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ne hundred and nine perspectives on light collected and vis-

ualized by graphic designer Sandra Praun and visual artist Aleksandra Stratimirovic. This is a story about light and darkness – an expressive study in the form of a book What is light? To find an answer to this simple but complex question, distinguished and inspiring creators from the fields of art, architecture, design, literature, film, theater, and photography were invited to share their thoughts on the phenomenon. The result became a collection of 109 surprising and beautiful

YOU SAY LIGHT I THINK SHADOW

contributions, poetic and personal thoughts, visions, stories, memories, and statements on the magic of light and shadow… Each text has been individually designed, and together they ebb and flow between light and darkness.

PUBLICATION: WORLDWIDE EXHIBITION: SWEDEN - SERBIA ORGANIZER ALEKSANDRA STRATIMIROVIC SANDRA PRAUN MEMBER OF L-RO: LIGHTING DETECTIVES


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ith

this

competition,

PhoScope

invites everyone to become a “pho-

toglot” and to spread knowledge about light and “phototecture.” Winning entries will be featured online at the end of 2015 and be integrated in the second edition of the lexicon. Initially a manifesto for PhoScope, the project PhosWords proposes that we need to expand our language with a new vocabulary to not only raise awareness about our discipline, but also advance the understanding of light in our daily lives. Today the lexicon comprises about 500 neologisms complete with definitions,

ONLINE COMPETITION WORLDWIDE ORGANIZER PHOSCOPE WWW.PHOSCOPE.ORG

Phoswords Of The Year 2015 etymological roots, synonyms and antonyms and is accessible as an online open source resource. This playful jargon serves a deeper purpose as it helps us communicate better about light and the role of lighting in the constructed environment. PhoScope will celebrate 2015 by launching a competition for new words to expand the PhosWords project, and winning submissions will be integrated in the 2nd edition of the lexicon and be featured online. Competition entries from January 1st to October 1st 2015 - Winning entries

announcement:

December

2015


DARC NIGHT DARC AWARDS www.mondoarc.com

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ew international lighting design awards has been launched dur-

ing the Darc Night. Oscars style peerto-peer concept and unique darc night event set to be game changer. Following the voting process the awards ceremony took place in September 2015

LIGHTING DESIGN AWARD WORLDWIDE ORGANIZER MONDO*ARC


sISTER PROJECTS

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ighting design is all about science, art and love. Lighting design could be seen as a shield containing both science, biological and emotional care, creating a balance between the scientific research findings and the design inclination. While the scientific approach owns the credit for chological and the physical aspects of an individual, for instance, the power of bright light on improving attention performances and helping towards the induction of positive feelings, the design perspective will take care of the aesthetics and the bond with the end users. Good design, in fact, as a relation with the user in all possible fields and scales, depends on what people are willing to do to get acquainted with the new object\ space, their usual approach to similar cases and their own actual momentary predisposition, according to the time, culture and geographic location. This chapter can be seen as the already existing result to the effort to merge different fields together, applying the light culture to different scenarios and creating a net of people co-working together. Above the pictures showing the projects, there will be a description of the organizers themselves, working as a storytelling, trying to explain the impact that the lighting world has in the public life.


Kai Piippo, ÅF Lighting Win a Lighting Makeover sISTER PROJECTS

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lighting makeover contest, in which the winner would receive a free lighting design proposal. The primary objective was to point out the importance well-planned light-

ing amongst our typical customers and collaboration partners.

PROJECT Method

lighting scheme would benefit the gener­al public

We set up a temporary website,

the most. It was an important success criterion that

where interested parties could

the con­test should turn into a realized project for

read more about the contest,

the ben­efit of the general public.

IYL2015 and L-RO. The contest was glob­al, everyone

PROJECT Results

who owned or managed a site

We received nominations primarily from Scandina­

with value to the public could

via but also from other parts of the world. The City

nominate it. The candidatures

of Stockholm won the contest with their nomina-

had to include photos as well

tion of two historic gasholders in the urban devel-

as a short motivation ex­plaining

opment area of Norra Djursgårdsstaden.

why the location would benefit

In order to encourage cross country team work, ÅF

from new lighting. Infor­ mation

Lighting assembled a multi-national project team.

about the contest was commu-

After discussions with the municipality, the prize

nicated through a range of Scan-

was turned into a so-called guerrilla lighting event,

dinavian and internation­al media

where 150 volunteers used hand held luminaires to

channels and organiza­ tions. ÅF

light the gasholders and other building struc­tures in

Lighting employees used bro-

the area for an evening. When the City of Stockholm

chures and their own channels,

invited people to sign up to participate, the event

including social media, to spread

was fully booked within 24 hours.

the word about the contest. A group of managers representing all ÅF Lighting offices evaluated the nominations and appointed a winner. The main selection criterion was on what site a new

A contest issued by ÅF Lighting employees from all countries and disciplines, who brainstormed about how best to support the IYL2015 and the intentions behind it.


Lara Elbaz, Luisa Alvarez Urban Light Score Race sISTER PROJECTS

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haring and promoting the Culture of Light in the world, through an organized, synchronized and participatory action that has brought Light to several cities of the world

through design, culture, art, fun and sport and made them coexist in the urban environment. The format of the event has varied according to the geographical, economical, social and political particularities of each country, but whether shaped as a race or a photographic gymkhana, the common thread was that all participants were carrying light on their bodies, and therefore illuminating the environment in a stimulating and visually attractive way.

PROJECT Method In Misantla, MĂŠxico, participants in groups of 3 to 10 people had to run and simultaneously take skill and intelligence tests. In Ciudad Victoria, around 2.000 participants ran 5 and 10 km races through the heart of this Mexican city, with lights on their bodies, illuminating the streets like never before. The runners were accompanied all the way by live music, dance and acrobatic performances. It was a very successful event, which combined sports and fun and made the people of Ciudad Victoria very proud of their city. In Saltillo Coahuila, the race was about 5 and 10km, with light art installations all along the way


telling the history of light. In Santiago de Chile the streets of Santiago were filled with luminous bicycles that created dynamic light waves through the city. In Belgrade, Serbia over 300 children with their parents and teachers gathered in the city center to play with light. In Madrid, the event is included in the city’s Christmas celebrations program and will take place on the 26th, 27th and 28th of December. The activity is designed as a participatory game in which players must collect all the luminous items that the “Guardians of Light” hidden along the route will give them.

PROJECT Results Light, both natural and artificial, can improve the lives of people. In addition to providing security and comfort, it is a factor of economic and social development, and as Lighting Designers we feel the urge to collaborate with projects thatprovide good light to people in need. Therefore, the ULSR is a non-profit event and to celebrate the International Year of Light 2015, we support social light programs that are currently being developed through the world, by donating all the benefits. The URBAN LIGHT SCORE RACE has proven to be much more than just a race. It has brought people together through the power of light and has offered completely different night time experiences of cities around the world. It has stimulated people to be creative and combine art, sports and fun and

As part of the event the organisers

has made them proud of their cities.

also ran the Durham Light Race

It has transformed urban environments through a

Photography Competition, which

collective worldwide light action that has turned

gave amateur and professional

our cities into dynamic centres to create new

photographers the chance to win

nightscapes. And most of all, it has made people

shopping vouchers by capturing

around the world realize the importance of light in

the event on camera.

our built environments.

The official presentation took place in Madrid by Spanish Lighting Designers Luisa Alvarez and Lara Elbaz, then Melbourne, Australia by the Melbourne Light Sketchers. Durham (UK), by Cleveland Orienteering Klub, Durham University Orienteering Club, Northern Navigators, Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers and artists Stuart Langley and Mick Stephenson. Ciudad Victoria and Misantla. Santiago with by Oh my Light! Studio and Duoc design students, In Belgrado by Aleksandra Stratimirovic and Ana Anakijev Integrated in Belgrade of Light.


Giacomo Rossi - Helena Gentili Light Ride Milano sISTER PROJECTS

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he event offered a night ride through the centre of Milan in order to experience and analyse the urban space and architecture under artificial lights. The selected

points of interest were chosen regarding their relevance for the city and the existence of a specific lighting design solution realized by lighting designers. The relationship between the monuments and contemporary buildings with artificial lighting was one of the parameters to the description of the lit environments

PROJECT Method The participants were instructed

Light Ride Milan is an initiative organized

about the lighting concepts, lumi-

by the lighting designers Giacomo Rossi

naires typologies, lighting effects,

and Helena Gentili, members of APIL- Italian

lighting sources, color temperatures,

Association of Lighting Professionals.

among other issues related to the

The event was held in two editions:

lit areas, with the purpose of iden-

the first one in March and

tifying a nocturnal character for the

the second one in October 2015.

urban environment in the centre of Milan and to develop a critical sense about public lighting between the participants. The proposal of the nocturnal ride was mainly to raise awareness for the profession of the lighting designer and to demonstrate the importance and power of artificial lights, when discussing the nocturnal character of public spaces. The format of Light Ride can be adaptable to different cities in order to spread the culture of light and it’s relevance for the urban spaces.


PROJECT Results

a different point of view, the nocturnal one, even

After the first and second edition

though they lived and enjoy public spaces at night.

of Light Ride Milan , interesting

The most interesting thing, risen by this event, was

feedback have been collected

the fact that almost 54% of the participants have

from the participant’s comments:

declared that it was the first time that they have

most of people were attracted

stopped for a moment and thought about the city

by the fact to live the city with

at night and its lighting system.


Lightmade by Irene Bas and Alvaro Valdecantos for One Beam Of Light Š Alvaro Valdecantos


CLOSING UP

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he challenge of lighting design is to translate user needs in planning features, creating tailored areas and spaces, according to the feeling to be pursued. A total and complete human centred lighting care is the main goal of the present and future designers, creating a wide- spread and grounded knowledge, to be accessible from different field perspective and embraceable to all the light lovers.

We are Light


WHO WHE ARE? Lighting design is all about science, art and love. We design effective illumination with a creative approach on how to integrate a lighting concept within the built environment. Above all lighting designers are passionate about the physics and the magic of light, that is the media to enhance people’s everyday life. Lighting design is a unique profession which allows its practitioners to apply both natural and artificial lighting, while designing for comfort and productivity, atmosphere and feelings. Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, Lighting Designers take responsibility for the impact of light on humans, the economy and the environment. L-RO: Lighting-Related Organizations is a voluntary federation of 48 associations, educational institutions and media organizations, active on an international scale. As a Partner, L-RO supports IYL 2015 and UNESCO with the Official Activities Program. www.l-ro.org


Curators Chiara Carucci

Martina Frattura

is a lighting designer at ÅF Lighting in

works as assistant lighting designer at

Stockholm, Sweden www.afconsult.com.

BDP, Manchester, UK www.bdp.com. Marti-

Chiara has been working with cultural

na actively worked on this publication in terms

heritage and lighting master plans since

of the contents and graphics, maintaining

2004. She is an active campaigner to raise

relations with all the authors of the pro-

awareness of the profession and writes

jects for IYL2015.

for lighting magazines and blogs. Chiara

She graduated at KTH Master’s Degree,

also co-founded the professional network

Architectural Lighting Design and Health

“Italian Lighting Designers” and L-RO. The

2013- 2015. Her dissetation title was “Instil

Lighting-Related Organizations, or L-RO,

- How to induce shared feelings through

was formed in 2014 by representatives of

light”. She researched at the HTI depart-

lighting associations, educational institutions

ment of TU/e, Eindhoven, as well.

and media. They appointed Chiara Carucci

She is also part of the art project

as Lead Coordinator of this voluntary federation,

“La Mia Paura e’ Bianca”.

especially for IYL2015. www.l-ro.org Contact: chiara@passoluce.com

Contact: martina.frattura@gmail.com


iald The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) has become a Patron Sponsor of the International Year of Light 2015 (IYL 2015), an initiative led by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). IALD helped IYL2015 organizers focus global attention on light in the built environment as a key part of IYL 2015’s efforts. IALD established in 1969, is an international organization supporting a network of 1,200+ architectural lighting design professionals who satisfy its rigorous qualification process. Its members are distinguished by a unique blend of aesthetic and technical expertise, and operate at the highest level of integrity to create a better world through leadership and excellence in lighting design; to cultivate the universal acknowledgement and appreciation of the Power of Light in human life. www.iald.org


We Are Light  

A celebration of the UN UNESCO International Year of Light by Lighting-Related Organizations

We Are Light  

A celebration of the UN UNESCO International Year of Light by Lighting-Related Organizations

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