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Main conference venue: Paviljonki (Lutakonaukio 12, 40100 Jyväskylä)

Wednesday 1 March 2023

12:00 – 16:00 | Executive Committee lunch & meeting (LUCI EC members only)

📍 Bistro Kirkkopuisto (Kauppakatu 16, 40100 Jyväskylä)

📍 City Hall, Vallesmanni Meeting Room (Vapaudenkatu 32, 40100 Jyväskylä)

16:00 – 17:30 | Light Pollution Working Group meeting (LUCI members only)

📍 City Hall, Vallesmanni Meeting Room (Vapaudenkatu 32, 40100 Jyväskylä)

19:00 – 21:00 | Welcome cocktail

📍 City Hall, Ballroom (Vapaudenkatu 32, 40100 Jyväskylä)

21:00 – 22:30 | Night Visit: Walk & Bus Tour

Thursday 2 March 2023

📍Paviljonki WIWI Auditorium | Lutakonaukio 12, 40100 Jyväskylä (unless stated otherwise)

09:00 – 09:30 | Registrations & Coffee

📍 Paviljonki 1F

09:30 – 11:00 | General Assembly (LUCI members only)

This is the opportunity for LUCI members to learn about the network’s ongoing and future activities and adopt the LUCI “Declaration for the Future of Urban Lighting”. Upcoming events, projects and new perspectives will be presented.

11:00 – 11:20 | Break / Registration for non-members

📍Paviljonki 1F

11:20 – 12:30 | Opening speeches & Keynote

  • “Short-term projects can make a long-term impact” – Kari Kola, Light Artist

By discussing examples of 3 short-time projects from different styles and backgrounds, Kari Kola will showcase how his temporary light art projects are making a permanent impact on their specific locations.

12:30 – 14:00 | Lunch

📍 Paviljonki, Restaurant 3

14:00 – 15:30 | Plenary session: “Urban Lighting in Jyväskylä”

Hear from local representatives about the urban lighting in their City of Light as they discuss strategic tools, permanent lighting, latest projects, control systems and maintenance.

  • Urban lighting as a strategic tool in Jyväskylä” – Kari Ström, Service Manager, City of Jyväskylä

Kari will present the urban lighting strategies and visions of Jyväskylä. From the old lighting master plan to latest updates, these large scale and visionary plans have made a great impact on how urban lighting has developed during the last 25 years, together with many stakeholders and wide network. We will also hear about the impact that lighting strategies have on the city’s appeal, economy, and tourism in Jyväskylä.

  • Permanent lighting projects and events as part of lighting strategies” – Elisa Hillgen, Lighting Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä

Elisa will explain how urban lighting strategies are implemented and what kind of actions are taken to develop a city of light: by creating permanent illuminations, facing trials and errors, and organizing successful and growing light festivals and events. 

  • New lighting tools to assist maintenance and investment planning” – Mikko Maunula, Civil engineer, urban lighting & maintenance, City of Jyväskylä 

Mikko will present how urban lighting grid and lighting investments are handled with the new asset management tool, based on a wide range of data from different sources. The tool is translated into English for the LUCI visitors to see and try after the plenary session at the coffee area. Mikko will also present the urban lighting control system used in Jyväskylä which was recently chosen through a very detailed tender procedure.

15:30 – 16:00 | Coffee & Networking

📍 Paviljonki coffee area 2F

16:00 – 19:00 | Option 1: Workshop

📍 Sites close to Paviljonki

4 groups will work on 4 different sites and build temporary lighting with help of professional lighting designers and technicians.

Workshop leaders:

  • Arto Heiskanen, Lighting Designer, BA; Co-founder, CEO, Lighting designer in WhiteNight Lighting Oy
  • Annukka Larsen, Lighting Designer, B.A.; Lighting Design Team Leader at WSP Design Studio Finland
  • Heini MyllyojaLighting Designer, M.A.Project Manager at WSP Design Studio Finland
  • Jari Vuorinen, Creative Director / Founding Partner, Lighting Design Collective

16:00 – 18:00 | Option 2: Light Art Exhibition visit

📍 WinterLight exhibition area

The City of Light festival is expanding and with it a new indoor light art exhibition exploring Finnish and international light art is launched from 18.2. to 5.3.2023. At the LUCI AGM venue, a guided tour of this mesmerizing exhibition area will take place on Thursday afternoon for registered participants.

20:00 – 22:00 | Dinner

📍 Sataman Viilu (Satamakatu 10, 40100 Jyväskylä)

22:00 – 23:30 | Night Visit

Walk on the ice under the Kuokkala Bridge and harbour area light art & visit all 4 workshop sites. Wear warm clothes and good shoes!

Friday 3 March 2023

📍 Paviljonki WIWI Auditorium | Lutakonaukio 12, 40100 Jyväskylä (unless stated otherwise)

09:30 – 10:00 | Registrations & Coffee

📍 Paviljonki 1F

10:00 – 11:00 | LUCI Cities & Lighting Awards Spotlight

  • Konak-Kemeralti Lighting MasterplanŞebnem Gemalmaz, Arup

Hear from the lighting designer behind the winning project of the 2022 LUCI Cities & Lighting Awards about the two-phased lighting masterplan that aimed to integrate social, ecological, and economical aspects of planning into the process of creating a sustainable future for the city.

11:00 – 12:30 | LUCI Talks: Making a Difference in Urban Lighting

This session includes short curated inspirational talks featuring perspectives from the lighting community.

  • “Design Seoul 2.0”Choi Inkyu, Director-General of Design Policy Bureau, Seoul Metropolitan Government

This LUCI Talk will introduce the 5 principles and 15 keywords of Design Seoul 2.0. This overview of the new design policy, influenced by various best practices in cities around the world, will inspire further discussion on what urban design should look like in the future and how it can change the city and its citizens’ happiness.

  • “RIGHT – LIGHT – NIGHT: Ethics in Urban Lighting” – Chiara Carucci, Lighting Designer & IALD Associate

This talk will explore different aspects of sustainability: economic, social and environmental.

Good lighting can help people feel safe and secure, but it also can contribute to social cohesion and night-time economy. This is true not only in city centers and developed countries; well-lit environments in underprivileged areas improve self-worth and growth expectations, even more if citizens, especially minority groups, are invited to participate in the project.

Moreover, this talk will highlight the effect of light on all living items, and explore different mitigating measures, since limiting light pollution is not enough to protect the environment and the biodiversity.

In a nutshell: in urban planning, especially where natural and cultural heritage conservation is at stake, collaboration is vital, and we should aim to design the right light, at the right time. 

  • Collective Creation: using light as a tool to engage communities” – Martin Lupton and Sharon Stammers, Light Collective

While the end goals of the projects done by the Light Collective were very different, they all used the methodology of involving many people to create on a small level to ultimately create on a large level when all their efforts were combined. Collective creation using light as a method to connect people can be very powerful. It can be emotive and create unique experiences for the people involved sometimes evoking a feeling of ownership within a project, other times leading to actual social change or helping the consolidation of a community. Showing people how light can make a difference to our lives by involving them in a creative process helps people understand how fundamental light is to our lives and how it can make them better.

12:30 – 14:00 | Lunch

📍 Paviljonki, Restaurant 3

14:00 – 15:00 | City perspectives on the LUCI “Declaration for the Future of Urban Lighting”

Following an introduction to the LUCI “Declaration for the Future of Urban Lighting” which was adopted during the General Assembly, city representatives of Eindhoven, Budapest, Oulu and more will illustrate how the Declaration is relevant and useful for their own urban futures.

15:00 – 16:30 | LUCI Declaration: Participative World Café

📍 Paviljonki coffee area 2F

All participants will have a chance to take part in an interactive “World Café,” to share how you and your respective cities plan to activate the goals from the Declaration on a 3/5/10 year action plan.

16:30 – 17:00 | LUCI Announcements

📍 Paviljonki coffee area 2F

17:00 – 19:30 | Free time

19:30 – 23:00 | Closing Dinner & Party

📍 Paviljonki, WinterLight exhibition area

Saturday 4 March 2023 – Optional programme

See detailed schedule here.

Morning | Option 1: Outdoor activities, sauna and local beer tasting (max. 50 people)

After the outdoor activity of ice fishing at Savutuvan Apaja, we will enjoy traditional saunas, outdoor jacuzzis and swimming in an icy lake. Beer tasting at a local brewery and lunch with a local menu.

Note: bring your swimming gear!

Morning | Option 2: Visit of the Museum of Central Finland and Alvar Aalto tour (max 50 people)

Special museum visit to immerse into Finnish culture, to be followed by a visit on Alvar Aalto sites and information on his history and meaning for Jyväskylä. Lunch and bus tour. 

Evening | Finnish darkness and silence in a forest

A special evening to close the event where participants will take hand-held lanterns and head out to the forest to see the dark sky, enjoy the open fire and have late night coffee and snacks out in nature.

Note: wear warm clothes and good shoes!

Photo credits:

© Lena Öritsland; ©City of Jyväskylä; ©Tero Takalo-Eskola; ©Timo Vuoriainen; ©Upe Nykänen; ©City of Busan; ©Juhana Konttinen; ©Touho Häkkinen; © Rami Saarikorpi, © Rikard Österlund, © Jiri Halttunen, © City of Jyväskylä, © Tero Takalo-Eskola, © Savutuvan apaja