The submitted papers for PLDC 2017 offered a challenge to the Steering Committee.

More than 260 paper proposals were submitted for the 72 slots originally designated for the conference part of PLDC 2017 in Paris. According to the Paper Reviewing Committee 90% of the papers submitted were eligible for selection for the convention. It goes without saying that not all can be selected.

After careful study of the international Paper Reviewing Committee’s accumulated reviews, the PLDC Steering Committee made a decision in the interest of the lighting design community: PLDC 2017 will again comprise four tracks. A number of the highly rated paper submissions have been allocated to a track entitled Philosophy + Debate.
This track is not new in the sense that it has been introduced subsequent to the Call for Papers and has thus reduced potential speakers’ chances of being selected, but is to be seen as a response to the overwhelming number of high-quality (evaluated) paper submissions.

So altogether more than 80 papers will be presented, including a series of 20-minute research papers.

The response to the R&D track originally planned for PLDC 2017 did not meet the organiser’s expectations, neither in numbers nor in depth. The idea was to inspire companies to share the expertise gained through Research & Development with the overall lighting design community. The organisers explicitly did not wish to encourage the presentation of sales pitches. Of the over the 260 paper submissions received, only a handful were submitted for the planned R&D track. The organisers will not necessarily simply give up on this idea, but obviously more time is needed to define the intended outcome – and for that to be understood by those to whom the invitation is targeted.

One new part of the conference programme will be the final Round of The Challenge, a young desingers’ speaker competition.
Find out more about The Challenge here:

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Practice Issues
Research Philosophy & Debate
Keynote: Franck Boutté

The street as a screen for non-verbal communication

How things are connected
in the strangest ways


Ambient lighting design for pedriatric environments


Humanitarian action – expanding the ethics of the profession


Design with knowledge – light in learning environments


The dark future of road lighting

Incidents of lightness

Luminaires and their non-visual characteristics – comparison of 5 electric lighting systems in a University Center for Geriatrics and Rehabilitation

Student Learning Centre, a new lighting language for the millenial


Spatial and colour perception when excluding short-wavelengths from illumination sources


Lighting for cities inhabited by people, not cars

Stories of light – the process of making humanistic work

The correlation of lessons learnt – from 16th century art to 21st century office and healthcare environments

The cross-discipline future of lighting design education


How neurosciences affect lighting design and visual perception

Lunch / Moderated Discussions

Communicative mobility

Communicating Light + Darkness – from sketching to VR: thoughts about visual communication and light

Light colour temperature: exploring its relevance in the Indian multicultural context

Ibero American lighting design, in search of an original way of development


Calibrated HDRI in 3D point clouds


Sharing light – urbanity 4.0

Evolution: what comes next?

Light poverty

Keeping an open mind – living and working in different cultures


Sunlight for indoor illumination


Smart lighting for urban experiences – engaging users for better services

What is smart? Lighting Design – a profession in transition

The role of lighting narrative in theatre and architecture

Human scale lighting – the importance of the human scale in urban illumination


The unknown space


Experts you can meet at PLDC 2017 in Paris:

Agarwal, Dashak
Andres, Peter
Baki Ulas, Emrah
Ball, Colin
Bauer, Thorsten
Belzner, Uwe
Benya, James
Bevolo, Marco
Bierbaum, Birgit
Boutté, Franck
Bradshaw, Keith
Bremer, Martin
Brenninkmeijer, Susanne
Brown, Cashel
Bülow, Katja
Bureau, Anne
Burnett, Deborah
Caclin, Sophie
Castagné, Sara
Chautard, Pascal
Clair, Emmanuel
Corten, Isabelle
Cuttle, Christopher
den Ouden, Elke
Dugar, Amardeep
Ewings, Simon
Fachard, Laurant
Ferrari, Juan
Franco, Gilberto
Gala, Anuj
Ganesan, Vellachi
Gärtner, Gregor
Gepshtein, Sergei
Gines, Maurici
Godley, Lyn
Govil, Aditi
Grubb, Michael
Guerard, Fanny
Gustafson, Kathryn
Hébert, Christina
Hofer, Martin
Hoffmann, Caroline
Iannone, Francesco
Innes, Malcolm
Ishii, Akari-Lisa
Khalili, Maryam
Klinge, Christian
Knappscheider, Uwe
Kwan, Tino
Labrinopoulos, Konstantinos
le Couillard, Rozenn
Lee, Giovanni
Lodi, Marina
Lopez, Linus
Luh, Ion
Maccheroni, Dario
Mahmoudi, Ali
Major, Mark
Major, Mark
Mardaljevic, John
Matusiak, Barbara
Matusiak, Barbara
Mende, Kaoru
Miran, Ana
Narboni, Roger
Nielsen, Rune
Nikunen, Heli
Osterhaus, Werner
Pasetti, Alberto
Pihlajaniemi, Henrika
Ratti, Carlo
Ren, Zhuofei
Rieck, Alexander
Rosenius, Tapio
Ruberg, Allan
Rush, Jonathan
Sanchez, Andres
Sankaram, Susheela
Shaw, Kevan
Shrum, Glenn
Sigurdsson, Gudjon
Skira, Dean
Smida, Edwin
Stoffer, Sophie
Surlakar, Kapil
Tamke, Martin
Taylor, Richard
Tellini, Serena
Thiesson, Vincent
Timmermans, Carlijn
Traynor, Paul
Valkenburg, Riane
Vermeulen, Koert
Vose, Joe
Weiler, Christiaan
Werbell, Jenny
Wies van Mil, Imke
Wilkins, Carla
Willacy, Stephen
Zielinska, Karolina


Time Urban Life 4.0 Professional
Practice Issues
Lighting Application Case Studies Philosophy & Debate

The luminous future of our cities

Alone we go faster, together we go stronger

Charles Rennie Macintosh, Lighting Designer

The future is for antidisciplinary designers


Architectural lighting 2.0, the reinvention of heritage lighting

Lighting design: a roadmap to professional credibility

Beyond the sphere – the visible and invisible of the lighting accompanying the new life of a baroque building

Trip the light fantastic: the role of lighting festivals and events in urban design


Towards digital paradise

The science of learning: learning smarter, not harder

Daylight exposure in heritage buildings: balancing access and conservation (and avoiding ghosts)

Digitalisation and wisdom

LunchLunch / Moderated Discussions

Smart lighting in a smart society

Self-experimentation in light

World’s first LEED and WELL Platinum Project

LiFi for lighting design applications


Lighting the urban environment: using social media data to understand the users of the city

There is more to Human Centric Lighting

Lighting new horizons of well-being at Blue Lagoon Iceland

Understanding “Design Thinking” – you will never work the same again


Participatory urban media architecture

Bioethics of lighting design

Musée Soulages: the museum of shadow and light

Augmented spaces – about the digital future of our cities


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Practice Issues
Lighting Application Case Studies Philosophy & Debate

The urban underground, a sequence of adaptation

Refining the perception of lighting designers

Complexity vs. benefits circadian lighting in existing group care facilities and private homes

Tunnels, bridges, roundabouts: arguing for lighting design in technical projects


Media facades and the disappearance of cities: what is the lighting designer’s role?

Are we human or are we dancers: re-contextualising the role of lighting designers

Creating retail experiences, not showrooms!

Senseable Cities


A walk in a woman’s shoes: re-thinking lighting in urban nightscapes

Navigating professional hierarchies towards successful collaborative design

Paradigm shift

Minimal lighting equipment to achieve maximum lighting effect

Lunch Lunch / Moderated Discussions

Improving spaces for individuals with autism spectrum disorder through the use of light and colour

Creating a more conscious built environment for day and night-time settings through interdisciplinary collaboration

15 years and two lighting masterplans: analysis of Part-Dieu district’s highlighting in Lyon

The legacy of a lighting design practice


Living in the colours of the colourblind

Measuring the immeasurable: place-making with light and the poverty of satisfaction

Lighting the Ghats of Varanasi

Philosophy of HiFi: harmony – innovation – functionality – integration


Presenting light

Integrating useful lighting metrics into the design process

A night drive

Reinventing natural light as a concept for architecture