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Exploring the Future of Urban Lighting

For centuries, lighting has accompanied the transformation of cities with a focus on safety, beauty and sustainability over the years. Today, as we consider the new “game changing” developments in the field, we ask ourselves: how are various fields of urban policies impacted by lighting (planning, design, architecture, mobility, security, energy transition, regeneration, health, culture ….).

During its 20th Anniversary AGM in Busan, LUCI brings together experts and cities to share insights and perspectives as we continue the exploration of what is desirable for the future of urban lighting.

Wednesday 19 October 2022

16:00 – 18:00 | Executive Committee meeting (LUCI EC members only)

18:00 – 19:00 | Free time

19:00 – 21:00 | Welcome Dinner & Cocktail Party | La Valse Hotel

After dinner | Walking visit to Yeongdo Bridge and Yongdusan Park

Yeongdo Bridge is the iconic bridge of Busan and Korea’s first bascule bridge used as a meeting point for the Korean War refugees. Participants will walk across it to the Yongdusan Park, which is the prominent observatory and a symbol of the city and then back to the La Valse Hotel.

Thursday 20 October 2022

All sessions below take place in the P.ark venue

10:00 – 10:30 | Registrations & Coffee

10:30 – 11:00 | Opening of the LUCI AGM

11:00 – 12:30 | Plenary Session: Urban Lighting in Busan

Hear from city representatives and lighting experts about urban lighting projects and strategies in Busan.

  • “Mountain, Ocean, River, and Urban: Past, Current and Future Lighting in Busan” – Uh-Chan Ryu, Professor, Pukyong National University (KR)

Busan means the city in between “steep mountains” and has two rivers and a long coast. Therefore, one of the aims of lighting design will be harmonizing between urban, mountains, rivers, and coast. This presentation will review the past and current lighting in Busan, and will provide an opportunity to imagine the future of lighting in Busan.

  • “Light, Human, City” – Hyunjoon Yoo, Professor at Hongik University and Principal of Hyunjoon Yoo Architects and Space Consulting Group (SCG) (KR)

Humans have evolved with light as they are daytime animals. Light sources have changed over time, ranging from natural sources like the sun and moon to fireplaces, stained glass, and light bulbs. Whenever these changes occurred, the human environment also changed, which in turn altered human society.

  • “Out understanding of darkness”Sungde Hong, Professor of Interior Design, University of Shin Ansan; President of Korea Association of Lighting Designers (KALD) and Urban Lighting Advisory member for Seoul and other cities (KR)

People use artificial lighting as the primary means to escape from the fear of the dark, thinking that using more light makes them safer from the dark. In addition, lighting costs, which have become cheaper than in the past, are encouraging the unrestrained use of artificial lighting. Simultaneously, the negative perception of darkness and positive preference for light, which mankind has in common, makes it difficult to consider the infinite increase in artificial lighting as a serious problem.

Today’s light pollution stems from a misconception about darkness. Changing people’s misconceptions about darkness (danger, fear, and depression) is a way to solve the current light pollution, even if just a little.

12:30 – 14:00 | Lunch

14:00 – 15:45 | LUCI Talks: Lighting the night of tomorrow

This is a new format to be launched during AGM Busan, which includes short curated inspirational talks featuring perspectives from the lighting community to reflect on the interrogations below:

It’s likely that lighting in our cities will decrease and be more adaptable in the coming years: how does this impact the quality of night and how can we ensure that our nights remain safe, inclusive, creative? How should city strategies reflect new approaches to the night and to lighting?

  • Kaoru Mende, CEO of Lighting Planners Associates; Architectural Lighting Designer (JP)  
  • Roger Narboni, Founder and Chairman at CONCEPTO; Lighting Designer (FR)  
  • Miguel Sangalang, Executive Director of the Bureau of Street Lighting (LA Lights), City of Los Angeles (US)

15:45 – 16:15 | Coffee break

16:15 – 17:30 | International Panel Discussion: Achieving harmony of light for the future of cities

This roundtable discussion will gather city representatives to share perspectives and views on the following questions:

How are cities considering the need for a better harmony between light and darkness in all their projects and strategies? How can we improve our quality of life by adjusting the way we use lighting, taking into account health and wellbeing impacts and the need to maintain beautiful nightscapes in balance with nature?

  • Youngho Baik, Chief Consultant, ECOLANT, representing the City of Busan (KR)
  • Imran Alam, Councillor, Glasgow City Council (UK) and Heather Claridge, City Development Plan Manager, Glasgow City Council (UK)
  • Thomas Dienberg. Deputy Mayor for City Development and Construction, City of Leipzig (DE)
  • Eliza Choo, Director of Urban Design, Central Area East, Urban Development Authority, Singapore (SG)

17:30 – 18:00 | Bus from P.ark to MOK JANG WON

18:00 – 19:30 | Dinner to celebrate LUCI 20 Years

19:30 – 20:30 | Bus from MOK JANG WON to Marina

20:30 – 21:20 | Night visit boat tour

Participants will embark on a yacht tour to experience Busan lighting at night (course: Gwangand Bridge – Dongbaekseom Island – Haeundae Beach). Following the yacht ride, participants will cross the Gwangan Bridge, the second longest bridge in the country and Busan’s most recognisable landmark as well as one of the representative projects of city lighting. The Bay 101 and Busan Cinema Center will be visited for their exotic nightscape and ever-changing LED roof lighting.

Friday 21 October 2022

09:30 – 10:30 | Coffee/tea

10:30 – 12:30 | LUCI General Assembly (LUCI members only)

This is the opportunity for LUCI members to learn about the network’s ongoing and future activities. Upcoming events, projects and new perspectives will be presented.

12:30 – 13:30 | Lunch

13:30 – 15:50 | Open Conference Sessions

The LUCI Open Conference Sessions are the place where LUCI members showcase their cities’ lighting strategies, projects and other initiatives. A Q&A follows each presentation.

  • Marjut Kauppinen, Head of Public Lighting, City of Helsinki (FI)
  • Yejin Kim, Civil Servant, City of Jinju (KR)
  • Heike Besier, Urban Planner, Department for Urban Development and Construction, City of Leipzig (DE)
  • Fréderic Durand, Project Manager, City of Lyon (FR)
  • Alex Huang, Head of Professional Sales at Louis Poulsen Asia, Singapore (SG)
  • Liz Pugh, Creative Producer, Walk the Plank (UK)
  • Jean-Baptiste de ScorrailleDeputy Mayor of the Public Lighting Department, City of Toulouse (FR)

16:00 – 16:30 | Closing session and Announcements

16:30 – 18:00 | Free time

18:00 – 20:00 | Cities & Lighting Awards ceremony & dinner

20:00 – 22:00 | LUCI 20 Years After Party

Saturday 22 October 2022 (optional programme)

08:45 – 09:00 | Gathering at Hotel Lobby

09:00 – 09:40 | Bus from hotel to Haedong Yonggung sa (temple)

09:40 – 11:00 | Haedong Yonggung sa (temple) visit

11:00 – 11:30 | Bus from Haedong Yonggung sa to Haeundae Beach

11:30 – 12:30 | Haeundae Beach visit

12:30 – 13:30 | Lunch

13:30 | Bus transfer to La Valse Hotel, Busan Station or Jinju

Experience the Jinju Lantern Festival (Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival)

(all spots have been reserved)

Find the programme here: 🏮


  • The schedule may be changed due to circumstances.
  • Date and time are in KST.

Images: © City of Busan; © City of Jinju