Wednesday 27 March 2019

11:00-13:00    LUCI Executive Committee Meeting (for LUCI EC members only)

Afternoon    Working Groups on LUCI Pillars (for LUCI members only, details coming soon)

19:30    Welcome Cocktail and inauguration of the new facade lighting of Schielandhuis  – Filmzaal Schielandhuis

21:15   Lighting excursion through Rotterdam by tram 


Thursday 28 March 2019

Location: VNAB, Boompjes 251

8:30    Coffee and Registration

9:00    Opening of the LUCI City under Microscope Rotterdam

9:20    Rotterdam, a historical perspective 

  • Paul Van De Laar, General Director, Museum Rotterdam

Almost completely destroyed during World War II, the centre of Rotterdam is known for its ground-breaking architecture. Paul van de Laar will share how Rotterdam was rebuilt after the war and explain the choices that were made that contributed to making Rotterdam what it is now. The modern history of a modern city.

9:50    The Lighting Plan of Rotterdam 

  • Annemieke Fontein, Head of Landscape Department, City of Rotterdam

The Lighting Plan is a guideline for all the lighting projects in Rotterdam. While most lighting plans focus primarily on beautification of the historical city centre, Rotterdam, in contrast, has developed a lighting scheme which integrates functional lighting with ambient lighting on a city-wide scale.

10:10   KEYNOTE SPEECH: Transition and Sustainability 

  • Jan Rotmans, Professor in Sustainability Transitions, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The climate is changing, and Rotterdam must adapt. What does it take to make Rotterdam resilient? What are the opportunities?

11:10   Coffee break

11:30   KEYNOTE SPEECH: Humble Lamppost

  • Graham ColcloughChair, Integrated Infrastructure and Processes , EC Smart Cities & Communities Innovation Partnership (EIP)

In December 2014, Graham Colclough launched the EIP-SCC « Humble Lamppost » initiative that seeks to upgrade 10 million lampposts across European cities. To make this ambition a reality, he presently leads an initiative to bring six EU city-clusters together to collaborate and demonstrate the value of a new approach to scale smart city solutions.

12:30   Lunch

14:30    Parallel Sessions 

New Lightplan for the city of The Hague

  • Ritsert Huijsman, Design Manager at Studio DL
  • René Oomkes, Public Lighting Consultant

Dynamic dimming, a pilot in the Bredenoord residential area

  • Peter Wijnands (ir.), Asset Manager, Public Lighting, City of Rotterdam
  • Ruben van Bochove, Location and IT Manager, Nobralux

Citizens increasingly demand more and better lighting while the municipality is obliged to save energy. The City of Rotterdam undertook some resident research: how can dynamic lighting contribute to the feeling of social safety while still saving energy? In this session, Peter Wijnands will share the results of the research and the learning points in the field of dynamic lighting and light management systems for the City of Rotterdam.

The Maastunnel, special monument of Rotterdam in a new light

  • Edwin van ‘t Oor, Technical Engineer, City of Rotterdam
  • Rutger Mullemeister, Electronics Engineer, Arcadis

Workshop given by the winners of the Light Challenge competition

  • Nick Renkema, Student, Human Technology, Alfa-college Groningen

The Light Challenge is an innovation/design competition for public lighting. Nick Renkema and his team designed a landmark for the harbor of Harlingen.
Nick will present their winning design, explaining more about the Light Challenge, the team’s process, design and success.

17:00    Free time

18:30    Lighting excursion by bus: tour to visit special light and art projects

20:00    Dinner at Zalmhuis


Friday 29 March 2019

Location: VNAB, Boompjes 251

9:15    Coffee and Registration


10:15   The Light Code and Lightplan Willemsbridge  

  • Norbert Wasserfurth, Owner, Studio DL and author of « The Light Code »

« Light encodes reality. » This is the main intention that inspires Norbert Wasserfurth and his team in their work as lighting designers. The book « The Light Code » is about the significance of lighting design in today’s urban development and assumes that the specific light code is already fixed in the structure of the city. The task of the lighting design is to determine this code and underline it gently with light. The needs of a growing city combined with technological innovations require a new approach in the planning process.  In the case of the Willemsbrug, the rather inconspicuous bridge should become another strong symbol in the nighttime city skyline. Due to its language of light, it forms a brotherly relation to its near neighbor Erasmusbrug. The final result is achieved by the use of modern planning tools and a meticulous coordination between the design team and partners.

11:00   Coffee break

11:30   Light, Art and Poetry  

  • Craig Morrison, Creative and Artistic Director, Cmd
  • Marjolijn van der Meijden, Project leader Art & Public Space, Centre for Visual Art (in Rotterdam)

When it comes to light and art, the Rotterdam method has led to successful pioneering. The method is about judging the opportunity and combining people and resources. All this is essential because Rotterdam maintains a no percentage for art policy. Therefore, funding art goes hand in hand with funding city marketing, revitalization of neighborhoods and relocating pre-existing works of art, making the allocation of resources ever more important. As partners, the city of Rotterdam and the CBK Rotterdam (Centre for the Arts) produced a route map: ‘Rotterdam City of Light and Poetry’ to shine light on the results of partnerships. This session will introduce Rotterdam’s art in public places and the role of light in relation to art. Speakers will explain the reason behind the many poetry lines in the city as well as reveal how the idea of a light route map came to be.

12:30   Lunch

14:00   Introduction to Rotterdam design by 3D 

  • Joop Polfliet, Manager, Civil Registry, City of Rotterdam

The City of Rotterdam created a detailed digital 3D model of the city. This model includes buildings, lamp posts, cables & pipes and trees. It is one of the most detailed and accurate 3D city models in the world. The model can be used to visualize plans, to analyse, simulate and to communicate with citizens. Compared to a 2D map or plan, it adds a lot of value for public lighting. This presentation will give insights about the model and explain how the City of Rotterdam has used it in various ways.

WORKSHOP: Lighting design with augmented reality 

  • Patrick Morren, Senior Advisor on innovations, Tauw Group

What if you could change the regular lamp posts of your street into glow in the dark markings with one button? In this interactive presentation and workshop, Patrick Morren will take you on a journey to experience virtual and augmented reality and their implications for lighting in the public space. Since lighting cannot simply be understood through text, and needs to be experienced, VR&AR design provides a way to experience and interact with virtual design. In this workshop, you’ll experience this yourself!

16:30   LUCI Announcements

17:00   Free time

20:00   Dinner at Wereldmuseum 

22:30    Return to hotel by bus



Saturday 30 March 2019

9:30     Splashtour: Visit Rotterdam by a unique amphibian bus. See Rotterdam from above at the Euromast. (Limited space available, registration requiered)

12:00   Lunch at Foodhallen 



Photo credits: © City of Rotterdam