City under Microscope Rotterdam



All times listed are in CET

Wednesday 27 March 2019

?VNAB, Boompjes 251, 3011 XZ, Rotterdam (unless stated otherwise)

11:00 – 13:45: Executive Committee Meeting (LUCI EC members only)
13:45 – 19:30: Working Groups on LUCI Pillars (for LUCI members only)
19:30 – 21:15: Welcome Cocktail and inauguration of the new facade lighting of Schielandhuis

? Korte Hoogstraat 31, 3011 GK, Rotterdam – Schielandshuis, Filmzaal Room

21:15 – 23:00: Light tour: using LEDs to light architecture, art and poetry 

Rotterdam sheds its light on meeting places, on notable architecture and on art. The introduction of street lighting made a world of difference to life in the city. This tour by tram will show how technically and creatively inspired individuals have risen to the challenge of using LEDs to light architecture, art and poetry.

Delftse Poort, nov.2018, fotograaf Eric Fecken-City of Rotterdam

Thursday 28 March 2019

?Room Mate Bruno Hotel, Wilhelminakade 52, 3072 AR, Rotterdam (unless stated otherwise)

08:30 – 09:00: Registrations & Coffee
09:00 – 09:20: Opening of the LUCI City under Microscope Rotterdam
09:20 – 09:50: Rotterdam, a historical perspective by Paul Van De Laar

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.

09:50 – 10:10: The Lighting Plan of Rotterdam by Annemieke Fontein

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 – 11:10: KEYNOTE SPEECH: Transition and Sustainability by Jan Rotmans

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

11:10 – 11:30: Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30: Humble Lamppost by Graham Colclough

The EIP-SCC « Humble Lamppost » initiative, launched in 2014, seeks to upgrade 10 million lampposts across European cities. Graham Colclough will discuss the initiative which brings six EU city-clusters together to collaborate and demonstrate the value of a new approach to scale smart city solutions.

12:30 – 12:45: Bus to VNAB for lunch and rest of afternoon sessions

? VNAB, Boompjes 251, 3011 XZ Rotterdam

12:45 – 14:30: Lunch & free time

14:30 – 17:00: Parallel Sessions

These 30-minute sessions take place simultaneously and then are repeated throughout the afternoon, giving participants the opportunity to attend all four sessions. 

  • New lightplan for the city of The Hague by Ritsert Huijsman & René Oomkes

Ritsert Huijsman from Studio DL and René Oomkes, consultant for the City of The Hague, will share insights about the Digital Masterplan developed for the municipality of The Hague. Ritsert will give an overview of the masterplan-making process, focusing on how it should be adaptive, so it can grow with the city and anticipate changing circumstances and technological innovations. René will share The Hague’s perspective of using this tool, detailing the context, the method and the user experience so far.

  • Dynamic dimming, a pilot in the Bredenoord residential area by Peter Wijnands Ruben van Bochove

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, speakers 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 by Edwin van’t Oor & Rutger Mullemeister

Speakers will present about the renovation of the tunnel lighting in the Maastunnel, a registered historical monument. The “look and feel” of the original low-pressure sodium lamps is a key aspect of the monument. Reproducing the same colour experience and appearance with LED proved to be a challenge within the boundaries of the tunnel safety regulations. Edwin and Rutger will explain the process for finding the right solution and share the final result.

  • A new landmark for the harbour of Harlingen by the winning team of the Light Challenge competition & Nick Renkema

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

17:00 – 18:30: Free time

18:30 – 20:00: Light tour: visit of special lighting projects

Rotterdam is constantly working on the design of the public space including the feel and look after dark. This bus tour will show special projects along the route, like the Maastunnel,tThe Willemsbridge, and many other lit icons of the city.

20:00  – 23:30 : Dinner at Zalmhuis & Return to hotel by bus

?Schaardijk 396, 2909 LA Capelle aan den IJssel

Friday 29 March 2019

?Room Mate Bruno Hotel, Wilhelminakade 52, 3072 AR, Rotterdam (unless stated otherwise)

09:15 – 09:30: Registrations & Coffee
09:30 – 09:35: Poetry Performance 

  • Derek OtteDutch poet and spoken-word artist, Rotterdam City Poet 2018 

09:35 – 10:15: KEYNOTE: Enhancing and beautifying the City of Rotterdam by Wim Pijbes

Stichting Droom en Daad transforms dreams into deeds that enhance and beautify the city of Rotterdam. The foundation invests, initiates, stimulates and realises. This is how it contributes to an attractive city for its inhabitants and visitors.

10:15 – 11:00: The Light Code and Lightplan Willemsbridge by Norbert Wasserfurth

“Light encodes reality”. This is the main intention that inspires Norbert Wasserfurth and his team in their work as lighting designers. They claim that a 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. This philosophy will be exemplified with the case of the Willemsbridge.

11:00 – 11:30: Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30: Light, Art and Poetry  

  • Craig MorrisonCreative and Artistic Director, Cmd
  • Marjolijn van der MeijdenProject leader Art & Public Space, Centre for Visual Art (in Rotterdam)
  • Kila van der Starre, Literary Scholar and Poetry Critic, Utrecht University

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 – 13:00: LUCI Announcements 

Upcoming activities and events will be presented to LUCI members.

13:15 – 14:30:  Introduction to Rotterdam design by 3D by Joop Polfliet

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 by Patrick MorrenSenior 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!

17:00 – 20:00: Free time

20:00  – 23:30 : Dinner at Wereldmuseum & Return to hotel by bus

?Willemskade 25, 3016 DM Rotterdam

Friday 29 March 2019

(Limited space available, registration required)

9:30 – 12:30: Splashtour: Visit Rotterdam by a unique amphibian bus.

?lobby of Bruno Room Mate Hotel

Splashtours offers a city tour in Rotterdam unlike any other. A tour in the unique amphibian bus is an unforgettable experience for young and old. Admire the highlights and Splash into the Maas! A day of Rotterdam is not complete without a visit to the Euromast. With Splashtours you can see the city from land and water.

12:00: Lunch at Foodhallen 

?Wilhelminakade 58, 3072 AR Rotterdam

Photo credits
© Eric Fecken