City under Microscope Stavanger




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Thursday 18 March 2021

How to plan, develop and adapt in Stavanger and the region as we go from Oil City to Smart City

Stavanger has evolved from a shipping and canning city to Norway’s oil capital. This has affected the city. The decline in oil prices has given both Stavanger and the region major challenges. Challenges provide new opportunities – Stavanger and the region have chosen to meet the challenges by focusing on smart solutions. Could this be the new oil? A roadmap has been prepared for Stavanger’s work towards becoming a smart city. Stavanger has also set high climate targets. The use of clean energy in the transport sector will be important to achieve these goals.


10:30 – 10:40: Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Iselin Nybø, Minister of Trade and Industry, Norway
  • Kari Nessa Nordtun, Mayor, City of Stavanger
  • Meri Lumela, Chair of the City Board, City of Jyväskyla, President of LUCI

10:40 – 10:50:  What is Stavanger? The growth, the challenges, and the ambitions

  • Gunn Jorunn Aasland, Director of Urban and Community Planning, City of Stavanger

10:50 – 11:00: The power of Norwegian industry – adapting to new times

  • Tone GrindlandRegional Director, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises

With its status of European Capital of Energy, Stavanger is also part of a country that is considered Europe’s Green Battery. Industries continually adapt knowledge, technology and solutions to new business. How does industry in Stavanger and Norway play a key role in Europe’s “Green Deal” growth strategy?

11:00 – 11:20: Smarter together! 

  • Gunnar Edwin CrawfordHead of Stavanger Smart City 
  • Trond Thorbjørnsen, Senior Business Developer at R&D, Lyse

Learn how Stavanger is joining forces with its citizens and businesses to co-create a new and smarter city.

11:20 – 11:35: Coffee Break

11:35 –  11:45: From small-scale power production to national challenges of today

  • Eimund Nygaard, CEO, Lyse
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Public lighting in Stavanger – history, management, operation/maintenance, strategy, projects

Stavanger put in place its first street lighting in 1865. The municipality later established a power station to secure electricity for the city’s needs including street lighting. The municipality manages street lighting, while operation and maintenance is carried out by an inter-municipal company. The municipality has prepared a technical lighting standard and a comprehensive replacement programme is underway for LED. Lighting includes not only street lighting, but also other lighting projects which is an important part of the lighting strategy for Stavanger’s city centre.


11:45 – 12:00: A city in Siberian darkness: a historical development of street lights in the past 150 years

  • Hanne Windsholt, Head of the Cultural Heritage Management Office, City of Stavanger

12:00 – 12:20: Management of streetlighting in Stavanger

  • Leidulf SkjørestadDirector of Urban Environment and Development, City of Stavanger

12:20 – 13:10: Lunch Break

13:10 – 13:30: A lighting strategy for the city centre of Stavanger: process and results

  • Nevena KovacevicLighting designer, Zenisk

In 2005, Stavanger was one of the first cities in Norway to have a lighting masterplan. 15 years later, the revised lighting masterplan of Stavanger shows how the city can welcome change, while enhancing its identity, safety and wellbeing in synergy with an urban development that emphasises walkability and pedestrian experience. Simultaneously, Stavanger’s objectives to reduce light pollution and CO2 emissions are met by a better distribution of light, planned contrasts with darkness and use of smart city controls.

13:30 – 13:50: Lighting of the main square and Tivolifjellet

  • Halvor NæssLighting designer, Halvor Næss

Torget Square is an important location for concerts and markets. After its renovation, it was criticised for being too dull. The dynamic lighting project at Torget was installed to bring more life to the Square with the lighting changing automatically through the seasons. Tivolifjellet is a tiny little park overlooking Breiavannet. Here, there is subtle use of coloured light combined with a low light level.

13:50 – 14:15: Nordic Safe CitiesCase studies from Stavanger and Aalborg

  • Louise Fill HansenDesign Director, Partner & Urban Designer – SLA Architects Copenhagen
  • Lotte Fast CarlsenDeputy Director, Nordic Safe Cities

14:15 – 14:20: Group Photo in Zoom

14:20 – 14:45: Q&A with speakers in Zoom

14:45: LUCI Coffee Bre@k: Behind the scenes of Stavanger’s lighting (for LUCI Members only)

  • Claus PetersenUrban Designer, City of Stavanger
  • Ingvild AbrahamsenResponsible for Lighting Design, Lyse

LUCI Coffee Bre@ks are a series of exclusive monthly rendezvous for LUCI members. These short, convivial moments are an opportunity for members to stay in touch and hear from experts on a variety of urban lighting topics. This special Coffee Bre@k during CM Stavanger will give members a chance to go behind the scenes with the Stavanger team to learn about challenges of putting in place a new light plan.

Wednesday 19 March 2021

09:30 – 09:50: LUCI Announcements

Light in a Norwegian context: Lighting for « hygge », health and wellbeing, facilitating outdoor activities, light and biodiversity

Norway is located far to the north where we have a long and dark winter period. How is light and dark experienced and how does it affect us? Stavanger’s focus on developing and preserving high quality green infrastructure provides for outdoor activities and experiences throughout the year, including during the winter. With light, nature can be explored and experienced in a different way when nights are long and days are short. How does artificial light in the dark affect nature and what should we think about in this context?

09:50 – 10:15: Light in the Norwegian context

  • Kristin BredalDirector, Zenisk
  • Ruskin Hartley, CEO of DarkSky International

10:15 – 10:25: Q&A

10:25 – 10:40: Coffee Break

10:40 – 10:55: Lighting green infrastructure for citizens’ health

  • Torgeir SørensenParks and Roads Manager, City of Stavanger

10:55 – 11:05: Light is magic: great experiences outside in the dark

  • Anne Katrine Lycke, Chief Advisor, Stavanger Trekking Association

11:05 – 11:25: Light and nature: the impact of light on nature

  • Arne FollestadResearch II, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

This presentation will give several examples on how artificial night lighting may impact all kinds of organisms, from bacteria to humans. Both plants and animals can be sensitive to various kinds of lights or varying intensities. This may prevent many species from thriving in urban environments, due to increased predator risk when darkness no longer can offer protection, or increased mortality due to collisions with streetlights or buildings. Mitigation measurements will be discussed and some suggestions for further studies on the effects of artificial light will be presented.

11:25 -11:40: Less light, greater experiences

  • Arve Olsen, Design Director, Light Bureau

In an urban context, starting from darkness is rare. When Light Bureau was approached to illuminate the nature walk around the small island of Jørpelandholmen north of Stavanger, it was crucial to find the balance between light and darkness in order to enhance the experience of nature. The island has become a popular hiking destination and the lighting design was shortlisted for Best Product and Technological Solution at the 2018 Norwegian Lighting Awards.

11:40 – 12:10: Discussion Panel with morning speakers

  • Moderated by Tomas Sjögren, Technical Consultant, Lyskultur

12:10 – 13:10: Lunch Break

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Temporary and permanent lighting: a multiplicity of uses, from creative event lighting to tunnel lighting and permanent lighting

Light can be a powerful instrument. It can be a catalyst in urban development and with new technology, special effects can be created that increase the city’s experiential value. In tunnel projects, light can increase a driver’s attention and thus safety. The Norwegian Lighting Association will present some of the award winning projects from the yearly competition «Norsk Lyspris».

13:10 – 13:20: “Winterlight” in Hillevåg

  • Tina AksnesArchitect Urban and Community Planning, City of Stavanger

13:20 – 13:35: Screen City in Stavanger: the first Nordic art biennial dedicated to the moving image

  • Daniela Arriado, Curator and Director, Art Republic, Stavanger

13:35 – 13:50: Norway, the land of long tunnels: using light to enhance drivers’ concentration: the Ryfast Project

  • Viel Bjerkeset AndersenVisual Artist, Sculptor & Designer

13:50 – 14:00: Local branding and relations value of interactive dynamic light

  • Mikkel Toksværd

This session will showcase how a local building, a bridge or overall a landmark or any other structure with conscious and targeted use of dynamic light can create an ongoing positive interaction and relation to its surroundings. What kind of competencies needs to be involved to succeed? Mikkel will share his experience on how branding and communication affects investment in the right dynamic lighting design solution.

14:00 – 14:15: Awarded Lyskulturs: Best Norwegian Lighting projects

  • Katia Valerie Banoun, Managing Director at Lyskultur; Norwegian Light and Lighting Association

14:15 – 14:25: Q&A with afternoon speakers

14:25: Closing