Melody Culanag
Sylva Hutagalung
Linus Lopez
Maneck Tandon
Alejandra Ulloa

Learning from Mother Nature.



Creating sustainably lit urban spaces based on nature-inspired design for the benefit of humans and animals.


• a city built on emotion
• finding that sweet spot where nature-inspired design meets technology
• a city you would be happy to be a resident of.

We did. Welcome to our vision of Lighting for Future Cities’ Nightscapes …

One primary guideline was human-oriented lighting – developing lit environs around human needs for comfort and calm, eliminating visual disturbance, selecting correct luminous intensity and colour – creating memorable spaces! Another was to limit! – the amount of energy being consumed for lighting and the amount of light. We believe in providing options for personalised lighting by minimising intermittently used “general” lighting and encouraging “personal” light – micro-drones with integrated lights that hover around a person who can control and monitor luminous colour and intensity. Controlled darkness supports physical and mental rest for humans, birds and animals. We propose that reduced energy requirements be produced by cleaner methods integrated into the design. Learning from Mother Nature about inter-related living and true sustainability, we explored the use of bioluminescence.

We imagined future cities with separate motorways and separate elevated walkways for pedestrians and cyclists – or hoverboards and skateboards! – directly connected to buildings, with places to stop for a break, seating, play areas and interaction spaces. Public participation is encouraged to change the lighting environment and to generate energy to light up space and time! We envisage replacing single-purpose luminaires with luminance from built surfaces – glow in the dark concrete and integrated light and PV modules with roads and facades. Romanticism and yearning procreated “DarkParks” – spaces without the influence of city lights, to appreciate the night sky, the stars and our universe! Surrounded by tall trees, these parks have well-lit paths and play areas on “normal” days. We felt the overwhelming need to involve the public in “feeling” the light by interacting with it. On designated days, users can choose to reduce the light. To improve safety, humans or animals would trigger special lights to warn vehicles.

We imagined . . .