2022 LUCI Coffee Bre@ks

March 2022 Coffee Bre@k

“The effects of reduced public lighting on crime and fear of crime: a literature review”Prof. Elisabeth Enhus (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

In the March Coffee Bre@k, Professor em. Elisabeth Enhus addressed an underlying question to current urban lighting strategies, as cities strive to find the right amount of lighting.

The questions included: What are the effects of reduced street lighting on crime and fear of crime? and How can we try to find the balance between more light (demands linked to real and perceived safety/security) and less light (to respond to climate and economic challenges)?

As we assessed the complexity of this issue, this literature review will be essential to raise the right questions and look at the available scientific literature.

☕  April 2022 Coffee Bre@k

“Adaptive Lighting with strong energy saving potential in Rome” – Paolo Di Lecce (General Director, Revetec Srl,)

In the April Coffee Bre@k, Paolo Di Lecce introduced the DIADEME project that won the EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2021 in the Innovation category. Funded by the LIFE European program, DIADEME developed an experimental approach to adaptive street lighting that has mainly been applied in the city of Rome. The Italian capital has supported the creation of an IoT (Internet of Things) structure with close to 800 adaptive lighting points, which meets the needs of a capital city with a variety of street uses and weather conditions, all the while bringing strong energy saving potentials.

☕  June 2022 Coffee Bre@k

“Urban Lighting in Asia Pacific Region” – Youngho Baik (Chief Consultant at Ecolant)

For the first time since the Coffee Bre@k’s creation, the LUCI event that brings the network together for a convivial moment, had the moderator and speaker sharing the stage in-person! During the LUCI AULW Talk Show on 16th June 2022, Mark Burton-Page and Youngho Baik, Chief Consultant at Ecolant, conversed from the comfort of sofas in the same room about the factors for implementing a smart lighting infrastructure on a city and present-day challenges brought by the energy crisis on urban and personal/private lighting.

September 2022 Coffee Bre@k

“Re-designing Lyon Lighting Plan : Challenges and opportunities” – Céline Lyoën (Project Manager at the Department of Urban Lighting, City of Lyon)

In 2021, the City of Lyon initiated the re-designing of its Lighting Plan with the aim of integrating current urban lighting challenges as well as new societal expectations.

LUCI members learned more about the approaches being implemented in the new Lyon Lighting Plan that is foreseen to be adopted by the Municipal Council in March 2023.

☕  November 2022 Coffee Bre@k

“The Art of Light, artistic research in progress”Titia Ex (Artist)

LUCI members heard from Titia Ex about her different light art installations, learning about their materials, purpose and meaning. She also shared her observations about the emotional, social and security roles of light from her time installing her work in Buikslotermeerplein, an up-and- coming former working-class neighbourhood in the north of Amsterdam.

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