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The future of urban lighting

We are looking for creative and intelligent solutions to support and enhance social life in cities.

Following a phase in which urban functions such as living, working, shopping and leisure were treated separately in our cities, the current trend is to return to a mix of all these activities, both in downtown areas as well as in the suburbs. This means the public realm will be used more consistently around the clock, which in turn will lead to an increased need for appropriate lighting solutions outside daylight hours. Urban lighting in the form of master plans with illuminated landmarks and purposefully designed lighting for traffic and circulation areas is due to be complemented by light-related factors that relate to human scale and well being at night time. Besides the need for safety – shady characters shy away from light – these include the effort to design public spaces so they are more attractive and promote social life in the urban realm.

The social component is a driving force in the process to make the public realm feel safe and good to use after dark, and therefore needs to be taken into consideration. Interactivity and smart lighting can be used to support this move. Human-oriented lighting design of the future in the urban context, taking the City of Paris as an example.

On this basis we are looking for “creative and intelligent solutions to support and enhance social life in cities”.

See the competition procedure and documents here.

The competition will be open for registration from
21. February, 2017 until 15. April, 2017.
Deadline for submission of material is
15. May, 2017, 24.00 CET.

Find the detailed Call for Entries for download here: PDF

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Competition procedure and required documents

The competition will be judged anonymously. The official language is English. All competition documents can be downloaded online, free-of-charge, from the following website: Call for Entries

Participation criteria
The competition is global and open to everyone. Teams will be accepted. Participation is targeted to lighting designers, architects and engineers to lead the design groups. Should this requirement not be fulfilled, the team will be excluded from the competition. Interdisciplinary teams are welcome.

Competitors may not participate in more than one group, neither as a group leader nor as a group member, consultant or collaborator. Participation in more than one group will result in disqualification of all groups in which the participant is a member from the competition.

Permanent or temporary members of the judging panel may not participate in the design competition. Persons who have participated in the organisation of the competition in any way, their spouses and relatives to the third degree of kinship, plus all those who have an ongoing or other kind of relationship with them, are not permitted to participate.

Required material
For information on the required material please download the Call for Entries.

Website address for submissions: Login

All entries must be registered by 15. April, 2017. The submission date for the design competition documents is 15. May, 2017. By this date, all documents must have been uploaded to your profile.

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