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Open Conference Sessions

The LUCI Open Conference Sessions give LUCI members the opportunity to showcase their city’s lighting strategy, projects and other initiatives, or discuss a topic of their choice, in a unique international forum. Organised in parallel tracks, each presentation session will last approximately 15 minutes with a live Q&A at the end of three sessions.

Raising awareness of light & art in public spaces

Frédéric Durand, Head of the Studies Department, Urban Lighting Department, City of Lyon (FR)

Jessica Ferey, Deputy Director, LUCI Association

The LAIPS project (Light & Art in Public Spaces), a Creative Europe funded project, aims to strengthen city capacities on permanent light art installations in public spaces by exchanging best practices, fostering transnational cooperation among cities, and making use of innovative digital tools. Launched in 2021 between LUCI Association and the project partners (City of Lyon, City of Oulu, and City of Turin), the project has made major headways with two Light & Art Lab visits and the development of a Progressive Web App to raise awareness about light art in cities and make these light art works more accessible to professionals and the wider public.

Darkness is a positive tool: Inclusive lighting planning in Helsinki

Marjut Kauppinen, Head of Public Lighting, City of Helsinki (FI)

Helsinki is developing various means to get lighting related feedback and initiatives from inhabitants. Youth, feeling of safety and security, accessibility in urban environment and nearby nature, the need for dark areas, mixed modes of transport in existing urban space – all these themes need active and open dialogue between city officials, decision makers and city residents. Participatory budgeting gives residents opportunities to evaluate their lighting needs and wishes vs. the amount of resources. Public surveys are used in specific themes: e.g. how to find out the most disturbing or most pleasant urban night time views (Helsinki Obtrusive Lighting Survey 2021).

The present and future of urban lighting in Jinju

Yejin Kim, Housing and Landscape Division, City of Jinju (KR)

Jinju, a member city of LUCI, is one of the cities in Korea with a thousand years of history. The Yudeung Festival held every year on the Nam River in front of Jinjuseong(fortress) is famous as a global festival. Jinju City established a master plan for the night scenery of Jinju City in 2020 to connect with these excellent tourism resources and to improve the underdeveloped lighting environment in various parts of the region. The city is currently conducting a landscape lighting project.

Leipzig’s Festival of Lights

Heike Besier, Urban Planner, City Planning Office, City of Leipzig (DE)

The presentation is about Leipzig’s “Festival of Lights” and the historical background of this festival.

Calling “We are the people” and “No violence”, around 70,000 people gathered on October 9, 1989, to march along Leipzig’s inner city ring road, demonstrating for freedom and democracy and thus paving the way for the fall of the Wall, for the unity of Germany and Europe. Annually, the Festival of Lights takes place on the 9th of October  in order to keep the memories of the Peaceful Revolution alive.

For the 2024 edition of this Festival, we are looking for projects that artistically take up the theme along Leipzig’s inner city ring road, reflect it in the current context and make it an emotional experience.

Sustainability in Urban Lighting and Smart Lighting Options

Alex Huang, Head of Professional Sales, Louis Poulsen Asia

Cities are facing growing challenges in terms of public urban lighting, including luminaire obsolescence, maintenance challenges, upgrading existing installations and future-proofing. This presentation will share examples of projects in Singapore and Adelaide, showcasing solutions that address these issues and offer options for smart lighting management. The sustainability approach from concept design to end of product lifecycle will also be covered.

Green Space Dark Skies – lighting up the landscape

Liz Pugh, Creative Producer, Walk the Plank/Salford

Green Space Dark Skies is one of the UK’s most groundbreaking projects of 2022. Commissoned for Unboxed 2022: Celebrating creativity across the UK, the project has engaged thousands of citizens to make journeys into national parks and other wild spaces to connect with nature through light, in order to encourage more people to be better guardians for our planet.  

Using geopositioning light technology and human beings, artists from Walk the Plank, working with Siemens and the National Parks UK – have animated iconic landscapes in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England – from Neolithic stone circles to the Giants Causeway. Liz will share her experience of working with light to engage participants – from the lanterns Walk the Plank made for last year’s AGM in Tartu to the geolights of this project – and discuss how to engineer engaging projects with light.