LUCI Annual General Meeting
Helsinki- Programme


All times listed are in EEST (Eastern European Summer Time)

Wednesday 23 September 2015

17:00– 19:30: Executive Committee lunch & meeting (LUCI EC members only)

19:30 – 21:00: Welcome Cocktail

21:00 – 23:30: Walk through the heart of Helsinki

©Juhana Konttinen, City of Helsinki_IGP3054

Thursday 24 September 2015

Helsinki by night ©Lucio José Martínez González

08:45 – 09:30: Registrations & Coffee

📍 Finlandia Hall

09:30 – 09:50: Opening of the Annual General Meeting

09:50 – 10:30: Helsinki today, current projects in city planning

10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break

11:00 – 12:40: Outdoor lighting in Helsinki – facts, goals and visions

  • General introduction – outdoor lighting in Helsinki
    Olli Markkanen, Office Manager, Public Works Department, City of Helsinki
    Juhani Sandström, Lighting Manager, Public Works Department, City of Helsinki
  • Lights of Kruunuvuorenranta
    Riitta Jalkanen, Architect, City of Helsinki
  • Silo 468 – written by the winds
    Tapio Rosenius, Director, Lighting Design Collective, Madrid Helsinki London
  • Helsinki Senate square – inspiring architectural lighting design for the historical city centre
    Roope Siiroinen, Principal Lighting Designer, Owner, VALOA design Ltd.

12:40 – 14:00: Lunch 

📍 Finlandia Hall

14:00 – 17:00: LUCI General Assembly (for LUCI members only)

LUCI members will discuss the network’s activities and perspectives during the General Assembly meeting where LUCI Commissions will also present their work over the past year.


18:00 – 20:00: Helsinki archipelago and Silo 468 dinner cruise

Friday 25 September 2015

08:30 – 09:00: Registrations & Coffee

📍 Finlandia Hall

09:30 – 10:30: Improving lighting through research

  • Outdoor lighting research at Aalto University
    Liisa Halonen, Professor, Lighting Unit, Aalto University
  • From visual indeterminacy towards a pleasant environment – lighting as a fear reducing factor in parks and recreational areas
    Tülay Schakir, Visual Artist, Lighting Designer, Doctoral student, University of Arts, Helsinki
  • Smart Control – enhanced comfort and functionality for LED lighting
    Eveliina Juntunen, Research Scientist, D. Sc. (tech.),VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30: Sharing northern light inspiration

  • Light for four seasons – natural and/or artificial
    Visa Salojärvi, Meteorologist, Foreca Ltd.
  • Dark side of light – reducing light pollution for an eco-friendly society
    Jari Lyytimäki, Senior Researcher, Finnish Environment Institute
  • Creating Helsinki Christmas lighting through co-design and citizen involvement
    Pia Rantanen, Architect, Public Works Department, City of Helsinki
    Sirpa Laitinen, Interior Architect, IMIAD, Design Studio, WSP Finland Ltd.
    Pia Salmi, Industrial Designer, MA, Design Studio, WSP Finland Ltd.
  • Lux Helsinki – city event and light art festival
    Ilkka Paloniemi, Artistic Director, Lux Helsinki

12:30 – 14:00: Lunch 

📍 Finlandia Hall

14:00 – 17:00: Open Conference Sessions

From master planning to festivals, through to smart lighting and innovative technologies, all topics related to outdoor lighting will be addressed in this unique city forum. An opportunity for all participants to discuss and exchange viewpoints on urban lighting trends with cities from around the world!

19:00 – 22:00 : city.people.light award ceremony and dinner 

📍 Restaurant Pörssi

The international city.people.light award was created in 2003 by Philips and LUCI. Each year, it rewards three cities that best demonstrate the added value that lighting can bring to the urban environment through the integration of the notions of “city”, “people” and “light” in a coherent lighting strategy.

Saturday 26 September 2015

(optional programme)
©City of Helsinki_Heritage 02

9:30 – 12: 30: Architectural tour in Helsinki

This tour will give you an overview of the architectural pearls of Helsinki. Depending on the starting point, it will showcase iconic city symbols from the main cathedrals, the classicist Parliament House, through Helsinki’s architectural legacy by Finland’s most renowned architects Carl Ludvig Engel and Alvar Aalto, to other landmarks and important urban points that give the city its identity.

12:30 – 13:00: Departure to Suomenlinna sea fortress island

13:00 – 14:30: Lunch 

📍 Restaurant Panimo

14:30 – 16:30: Guided tour in Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna is an inhabited sea fortress island which was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1991. The fortress was built in 1747 as the main base for the Swedish armed forces stationed in Finland. The island is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki and also a vibrant home to 800 residents.

16:30 – 17:30: Departure from Suomenlinna

17:30: Arrival at the hotel


*The optional programme is free of charge

Sunday 27 September 2015

(optional programme)

In the middle of Helsinki metropolitan area, Nuuksio National Park offers a preserved piece of wilderness. Its lakes, rocks, swamps and valleys will provide the visitors with quiet spots of beauty.

9:30 -10:30: Departure to Nuuksio National Park

10:30 – 11:30: Guided tour in the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia

The best of Finland’s national treasures can be found at the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, an ecologically designed exhibition and event centre on the fringes of Nuuksio National Park. Built entirely of massive wood elements, it is also an attractive destination for architecture lovers.

Two guided tour options are offered:

  • Finnish nature – tour at the main exhibition

Haltia’s main exhibition will fascinate the visitor with its’ enthralling visualisation of the Finnish nature from our beautiful Baltic archipelagos to the windswept fells of Arctic Lapland. The guided tour will deepen the experience through opening the seven geographical and seasonal elements of the Finnish nature. Duration: 60 min.

  • Haltia – the pearl of architecture

Haltia, designed by the Finnish architect Rainer Mahlamäki, is the first public building in Finland made entirely of massive cross-laminated timber. The architecture has been inspired by the Finnish national epic, Kalevala, and it features the renowned aspects of Finnish design, such as environmental sustainability, functionality and usage of advanced ecological solutions. Duration: 60 min.

11:30 – 13:00: Lunch

📍 Restaurant Haltia

13:00 – 14:30: Visit to the Nuuksio Reindeer Park

After lunch, you will take a stroll to the small reindeer camp in the middle of the forest. You will see the reindeers at close range and feed them with reindeer moss. Coffee, tea and buns will be served in the glow of campfire in wilderness-style tepee restaurant “White Reindeer”.

14:30 – 15:30: Departure from Nuuksio

15:30: Arrival at the hotel

*The optional programme is free of charge

Photo credits
© Juhana Konttinen ; © Lucio Jose Martinez ;  © City of Helsinki