City under Microscope Oulu



All times listed are in EET

Wednesday 20 November 2019

10:30 – 14:00: LUCI Executive Committee Meeting (for LUCI EC members only)
📍City Board Room, City Hall, Kirkkokatu 2a

14:00 – 17:00: Working Groups on LUCI Pillars: Public Spaces Pillar, Governance Pillar, Art & Culture Pillar (for LUCI members only, more information coming soon)
📍 City Board Room, City Hall, Kirkkokatu 2a

17:00 – 18:30: Free time

18:30 – 20:00: Welcome Reception
📍Oulu2026 Community Office and Oulu10 Lobby, Torikatu 10A

20:00: Light Walking Tour around the Oulu River Delta

Thursday 21 November 2019

08:00 – 08:30: Bus to Hiukkavaara Community Centre

General Overview of Oulu & its Lighting Strategy

LUCI City Under Microscope Oulu will begin with a general overview about Oulu and its lighting strategy. Morning sessions will focus on Oulu’s urban development, lighting throughout the times and the role of light in Oulu’s bid for the European Capital of Culture 2026.

📍Hiukkavaara Community Centre and School, Tahtimarssi 3, 90670 Oulu (unless stated otherwise)

08:30 – 09:00: Registrations
09:00 – 09:15: Opening of the LUCI City Under Microscope Oulu

09:15 – 09:45: Oulu’s Urban Development Strategy

  • Matti MatinheikkiDirector of Urban and Environment Services, City of Oulu

An overview of lighting in Oulu will be presented in the context of the city’s urban development strategy and the recently introduced environment programme.

09:45 – 10:25: Lighting in Oulu Throughout the Times 

  • Tapio SiikaluomaChief of Street Planning, Urban and Environmental Services, City of Oulu
  • Veera Sanaksenaho, Landscape Architect, Urban and Environmental Services, City of Oulu

City of Oulu representatives will present the history of urban lighting in Oulu. How has city lighting developed over the years? How is lighting used in such a northern city and what are the possibilities it can offer in the future?

10:25 – 10:55: Coffee break

10:55 – 11:30: Contrasts of Light and Darkness in European Capitals of Culture

  • Piia Rantala-KorhonenDirector of International Affairs and Oulu2026, City of Oulu

The City of Oulu is bidding for the European Capital of Culture 2026. In Oulu, there are strong contrasts between light and darkness; during summer the sun does not set at all and during winter there are only a few hours of daylight. These contrasts in nature affect art and culture in the North, therefore Oulu “City of Light” will include these contrasts in the Oulu2026 Cultural Program with the overall theme of “Cultural Climate Change”.

11:30 – 12:00: Presentation of Hiukkavaara Community Centre and School

  • Anne MoilanenPrincipal of Hiukkavaara School
  • Tapio Rosenius, CEO and Lighting Designer, Skandal Technologies (via video)

Participants will experience this very unique school and learn about the various lighting aspects of the building, inside and out.

12:00 – 13:00: Finnish school lunch

13:00 – 14:00: Bus transportation to University of Oulu

Encounters of Light: Innovation in the Urban Context

This session will focus on innovation within urban lighting in Oulu. Local education and research institutions will talk about their various collaborations with the City of Oulu. Presentations will also focus on smart cities and smart lighting and how these concepts have been put to the test in Oulu.

📍Agora Hall, University of Oulu, Erkki Koiso-Kanttilan katu 1, Main Entrance 2T


14:00 – 14:10: Welcoming Remarks

  • Dr. Riitta Keiski, Dean, University of Oulu

14:10 – 15:00: Education and Research on Urban Lighting at the University of Oulu – Collaborations with Cities and Industries

  • Dr. Henrika Pihlajaniemi

Oulu School of Architecture collaborates actively with the City of Oulu in developing the nocturnal quality of urban environments with high quality lighting design and studying the innovative applications of adaptive, intelligent and interactive lighting technologies, usercentric design methodologies and citizens’ experiences of new forms of urban lighting.

15:00 – 15:30: Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30: Big Data in the Smart City Context

  • Dr. Ekaterina GilmanPost-Doctoral Researcher, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Oulu

There are different views on the interpretation and development of Smart Cities. Some concentrate on integrating ICT into urban environments and on performing analytics and optimisation for better operational decisions; others are more focused on sustainability, wealth, needs and comfort of people and community. This talk will focus on data as a key ingredient and enabler for the vision and realisation of Smart Cities, generally and in relation to smart city lighting.

16:00 – 17:00: Flexible Smart Luminaire Concepts

  • Dr. Martin KöglerVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

There are two major application areas of flexible smart luminaires in Oulu. The first one is related to general lighting with condition monitoring and the second one relates to ambient lighting with communication inside glass laminated structures. This luminaire concept can be utilised in construction site lighting, public elevators or within office room dividers/walls.

16:30 – 17:00: Inauguration of Light Installation “Näetkö Metsää Puulta? / Woods” 

  • Participants of OSAaValo Lighting Design Education and Dr. Henrika Pihlajaniemi, University of Oulu

This light installation, using dynamic lighting, reveals the essence of wood as a natural living organism in a forest and as an industrially-processed but traditional Finnish building material. The installation was designed and produced during a workshop organised in Oulu School of Architecture as part of OSAaValo – Northern Attraction from Lighting Know-How project, funded by the European Social Fund ESF and the ELY Centres of North Ostrobothnia and South Savo

17:00 – 19:00: Departure to the hotel by bus & free time

19:00 – 21:00:  Dinner hosted by the City of Oulu
📍City Hall, Main Hall, Kirkkokatu 2a

Friday 22 November 2019

📍Piki Hall, City Theatre, Kaarlenväylä 2 (unless stated otherwise)

Possibilities of Light: Overview of Present and Future Luminous Oulu

This session will focus on the possibilities of light, both permanent and temporary. Speakers will share about permanent lighting solutions in the city, including their approaches to using creative lighting on bridges and in parks. The Lumo Light Festival team will present this year’s edition before participants can experience it themselves in the evening. Finally, a panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges for the future of luminous Oulu.

09:00 – 09:30:  Introduction to the Lumo Light Festival

  • Jarkko HalunenProgramme Manager, Lumo Light Festival
  • Anna Lanas, Producer, Lumo Light Festival

The Lumo Light Festival takes place for the 7th time this year. It is organised by the City of Oulu in cooperation with multiple partners: businesses, communities, artists and institutions from different fields. The visitor count has gone up year by year; in last year, the festival attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the city centre every night. The full programme is open to everyone and free of charge.

09:30 – 10:50: Permanent Lighting Solutions in Oulu: Bridges, Parks and Art

  • Lighting the Oulu River Delta by Roope Siiroinen

Roope Siiroinen will present about the lighting project of the bridges of the Oulujoki river delta in Finland. He will discuss the objectives and the challenges of the project and explain the visual and aesthetic concept of the lighting. You will get to know the “less is more” principle through a concrete case example.

  • Light Art at the Merikoski Hydro Power Plant by Leevi Lehtinen

This presentation will review the lighting of the Merikoski power plant buttress dam and how it has changed both the visual appearance and citizens relationship towards the dam. It will also include a technical and visual description of designer Ari Tiilikainen’s light art installation followed by a look at the light installations made by Lehtinen himself.

  • Lighting the Mannerheim Park by Reija Pasanen

The renovation of Mannerheim Park was completed in August 2019. The park was completely renovated and built into a year-round event park where residents can spend their leisure time. Colour-changing lighting is programmed into spectator stand structures, water jets and winter projections. The park’s special lighting and sound systems vary according to the seasons and events.

10:50 – 11:15: Coffee break

11:15 – 12:15: Panel Discussion on Future Luminous Oulu

  • Piia Rantala-Korhonen, Dr. Henrika Pihlajaniemi, Juha Ala-Mursula & Jussi Tomberg

What is the role of light in developing a city now and in the future? How are generations in Oulu touched by light? What is the Luminous Future of Oulu? This panel discussion will challenge its participants to reflect on the current situation and preferable future of Oulu.

12:15 – 12:45: LUCI Announcements

Upcoming LUCI activities and events will be presented.

12:45 – 13: 45: Lunch

13:45 – 17:00: Northern Lights within Darkness
📍Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Pahkalantie 447, Oulu 

This session will take participants back in time to experience life in Stone Age. The session will focus on light and darkness in nature and includes a tour of the Stone Age Centre.

13:45 – 14:45: Bus to Kierikki Stone Age Centre

14:45 – 14:50: Welcome to Stone Age Centre

  • Leena LehtinenDirector, Kierikki Stone Age Centre

14:50 – 15:15: The magic of Northern Lights

  • Jouni Jussila, Photographer, Former Northern Light Researcher and Product Manager at Specim, Oulu

Learn about the Northern Lights from the viewpoint of a scientist and a photographer. Jouni Jussila will describe how these lights come to life, when and where they can be seen, and how they behave in the skies of Oulu and
other northern areas.

15:15 – 16:00: Tour of the Stone Age Centre with drum and fire show

16:00: Departure to the hotel by bus

An alternative option is available for the Friday afternoon:

14:00 – 15:00: Oulu Dance Hack at LUMO Festival
📍Oulu Museum of Art, Kasarmintie 9

Oulu Dance Hack 2019 brings artists from around the world to experiment with lighting technology in a dance context, resulting in a series of installations and short performances. You are invited to an open studio session where you can talk with the artists and try out the interactive lighting systems created during the Dance Hack before the artists present their work at LUMO Light Festival.

For those who select this option, you will have the rest of the afternoon to visit Oulu and get to know the city before dinner!

Saturday 23 November 2019

Optional programme

Discover the City of Oulu’s VIP Guest House located by the river Sanginjoki and experience the finest Finnish traditional saunas.


9:00 – 9:30: Bus to Pehkolanlampi

9:30 – 09:45: Welcome to Pehkola

9:45 – 11:45: Finnish morning sauna, men and women separately (everything included: towels, soap, etc.) or walk in the forest

11:45 – 12:45: Finnish lunch

12:45: Departure back to the hotel or to airport
(please let us know ahead of time if you wish to go straight to the airport)

Photo credits
©City of Oulu – Henri Luoma & Esa Eirola ; ©Markku-Hyttinen