Wednesday 20 September 2017


16:30    LUCI Executive Committee Meeting (for LUCI EC members only)


19:00    Welcome reception

Eric van der Burg, Alderperson in charge of Health and Welfare, Sports and Recreation, Spatial Planning, City of Amsterdam
Mary Ann Schreurs, President of LUCI and Vice Mayor of Eindhoven


21:00   Boat tour through the 17th Century Canal District
Boat tour presenting this district’s  lighting tasks and challenges.


22:30    Return to hotel



Thursday 21 September 2017


9:00    Registration and coffee


9:15    Opening of the City Under Microscope      
Kajsa Ollongren, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam
Mary Ann Schreurs, President of LUCI and Vice Mayor of Eindhoven


Moderator: Lennart Booij



  • History and heritage of Amsterdam    
    Aart Oxenaar, Director, Department of Monuments and Archeology, City of Amsterdam
    Amsterdam is a city with a rich history. Over the centuries, what have been the most important steps in its development? And what role did lighting play?
  • Amsterdam society and culture     
    Yoeri Albrecht, Director, De Balie, Amsterdam, Center for Art, Politics, Literature, Philosophy
    The phenomenon of the “city” is typically characterised by freedom, debate and diversity. That definitely applies in the case of Amsterdam with its typical culture and mentality.


10:30     Coffee break  



  • Development and tasks for the next decade         
    Pieter Klomp, Deputy Director Urban Planning, City of Amsterdam
    Across the world, cities are growing, Amsterdam included. Over the next few decades, how will the city continue to develop? What sort of important themes will emerge? What are the consequences on the uses of public space? What will be the role of lighting?
  • Lightvision City of Amsterdam – facts & figures   
    Hans Akkerman, Head of Illumination, City of Amsterdam
    Paco Bunnik, Chief Urban Designer, City of Amsterdam
    What is the meaning of light in the city? What are the hallmarks of Amsterdam? Paco will take us on a journey looking at the relationship between urban planning and lighting, and the ambition
    to allow lighting design in Amsterdam to play a more integral part in the urban planning process. Amsterdam also has a new vision when it comes to light. Hans will explain the core thought behind this: that all forms of light contribute to the experience of public space and architectural quality.




12:15    Lunch


13:30 – 16:00 Break-out sessions : LIGHT IN AMSTERDAM’S PUBLIC SPACES 

Please  choose  one  of  the  interactive  sessions  below:


Session 1: City & Crowds

  • Balancing the city – visitors and responsibility
    Frans van der Avert, CEO Amsterdam Marketing, City of Amsterdam
    Amsterdam welcomes 17 million visitors each year. How do we cope with these numbers? What does it mean for citizens? And how can a balance be maintained?
  • Experiences with crowd management in Amsterdam
    Daniel van Motman, Project Manager, Crowd Management, City of Amsterdam
    Both the economic and touristic success of the city means that public spaces are getting busier, especially during major events. How does crowd management play a part?


Session 2: Public Space & Light

  • Public space design – Amsterdam projects through the eyes of a designer
    Simon Sprietsma, Architect and Urban Designer, City of Amsterdam
    One of the most important boulevards in Amsterdam is undergoing a very radical redevelopment. What tasks does the main developer need to consider in these kinds of complex projects?
  • Redevelopment of a classical lantern – international success
    Willem ter Kuile, Designer of luminaires and optics, Arsis
    At the beginning of the 21st century, Amsterdam was faced with the task of reintroducing an authentic 19th century canal lantern in the city centre. How can such a classic lantern be successfully integrated in the streets of today?


Session 3: Sustainability & Light

  • Biodiversity in Amsterdam – the role of light on flora and fauna
    Anneke Blokker, Urban Ecologist, City of Amsterdam
    The City of Amsterdam is working hard to take care of the flora and fauna in the city. What does that policy look like in practice and what is the influence of artificial light on this objective?
  • Insight into the Smart City Programme and circularity based approaches
    Sladjana Mijatovic, Circular Innovation Officer, City of Amsterdam
    A circular economy is an economy where waste no longer exists. Everything is reused as raw material. The chain comes full circle. What are the tasks and role of the city to make this switch? How far has Amsterdam progressed? And what is the role of lighting?


Session 4: Innovation & Light

  • AMS Institute: technological innovations for cities
    Stephan van Dijk, Programme  Manager Research, AMS Institute
    The AMS Institute (Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions) works on several innovative projects, covering topics such as urban crowd management, autonomous transport and intelligent infrastructure in Amsterdam, particularly where there is synergy with lighting.
  • Organising urban innovation
    Ger Baron, Chief Technology Officer, City of Amsterdam
    Amsterdam, the European Capital of Innovation  in 2016, is developing  as an innovative  smart city in several areas – water and waste, mobility, governance, lighting, etc. What types of innovations have been achieved so far and what lies ahead? How do governmental and private initiatives work together for optimal results?

15:30     Coffee break


16:00     Presentation of the Amsterdam Light Festival

Frédérique ter Brugge, Managing Director, Amsterdam Light Festival
Raymond Borsboom, Director Light Art Collection, Amsterdam Light Festival
During the winter months, Amsterdam sparkles with the lights of its festival. Over the past five years, the Amsterdam Light Festival has proved to be a huge success. How was this achieved and what are its ambitions for the future?


17:00    Return to the hotel, free time


19:30    Meet, greet and eat with Mirik Milan, Official  Night Mayor of Amsterdam

The non-profit Night Mayor foundation was established in 2014 to professionalise the function of Night Mayor. Mirik Milan was elected as the Night Mayor of Amsterdam, the first position of its kind worldwide. What is the meaning of his function and what is his vision for the economic and cultural role of nightlife in our cities?


22:30  Light excursion
Guided walk to discover the light art in the Hortus and Tugela underpasses, the illumination of the Skinny Bridge and Amsterdam’s special “Kroonlantaarn” lamps around the Hermitage Museum.

    Return to hotel



Friday 22 September 2017


9:30    Registration and coffee


10:00 – 10:50     Light Spectrum

  • Prof. Dr. Sylvia Pont, Perceptual Intelligence Lab, Delft University of Technology
    What is light? From a basis of research and experimentation, how do we react to light and how can we influence our environment by adjusting light?
  • Siegrid Siderius, Lighting Designer, Chairman of Lichtontwerp Nederland
    There is an increasing demand for lighting design but what does a lighting designer exactly do? How does a lighting designer work? And why has the Netherlands now launched its own professional group on lighting design?


10:50    Coffee break


11:15-12:15    Break out sessions: DESIGNING AND CREATING WITH LIGHT 

Please  choose  one  of  the  interactive  sessions  below:


Session 1: Lighting Design

  • Henk van der Geest, Director, Institute of Lighting Design
    Iris Dijkstra, Lighting Designer, Atelier  LEK
    What added value does a lighting designer create? What are the opportunities? And what obstacles need to be overcome?


Session 2: Light and Art

  • Titia Ex, Artist
    Giny Vos, Artist
    Art and light art play an important role in adding value to how people experience public spaces. But when and how is the choice for light art made? What obstacles can a light artist encounter in the realisation of a project?


Session 3: Creative Light and Tunnels

  • Matthijs ten Berge, Founder of Happy Tunnel, Jasper Klinkhamer, Architect, Bastiaan Schoof, Lighting Designer
    Tunnels and underpasses are often regarded as unpleasant or unsafe. How can improvements in lighting be made to existing tunnels? How can designers of new tunnels make better use
    of natural and artificial light?

Session 4: Light and Technology

  • Robert Jan Vos, Independent  Lighting  Designer
    Ellen de Vries, Independent Lighting Designer
    Lighting is benefiting from the technological revolution we are currently experiencing. What possibilities do technological innovations offer to lighting design?


12.15    Lunch


13:30 – 15:00    Break out sessions: HOW  to INNOVATE

Please  choose  one  of  the  interactive  sessions  below:


Session 1: Adaptive Public Space and Interactive Lighting 

  • Femke Haccou, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Amsterdam
    Melanie August de Meijer, Urban Innovation Designer, City of Amsterdam
    How can light interact with the uses and users of public spaces? Thanks to efficient analysis of user data, public spaces can be better adapted to their general purpose or to specific functions on special occasions. In small groups, you will co-design and gain new insights into how light can be adapted
    to the users of public spaces. This is an active and creative prototyping session.


Session 2: Innovations in the Port of Amsterdam

  • Stefan Bakker, Account Manager, Port of Amsterdam
    The Port of Amsterdam, the fourth largest in Europe, hosts interesting and innovative lighting pilot projects and is searching for ways to use its areas as a laboratory  for even more innovation and environmentally friendly uses of the public space.


Session3: Innovatins in Stadiums and Area Development

  • Sander van Stiphout, Director, Amsterdam ArenA International
    Kees Klein Hesselink, Director Arena Solutions, Philips Lighting
    What are the trends influencing sports stadiums? And how can innovative lighting be a catalyst for truly smart stadium area development? From the user’s perspective to the supplier’s perspective: how do these views influence each other?


Session 4: Innovation in Maintainance and Assets

  • Jean-Paul Rocour, Head of Assets, City of Amsterdam
    Anne Weeda, Head of Assets, City of Rotterdam
    Cities are responsible for the good management and maintenance of street lighting and illumination. Asset management is a relatively new procedure. What is it exactly? What advantages does it offer? Does it help further innovation?


15:00   Coffee break


15:30     Closing and LUCI announcements


16:00   Free time


19:30   Dinner and festive evening with the discovery of the exclusive light art work “Juicy Lights”

00:00   Return to the hotel




Images © Renzo Gerritsen © Brian Man