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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 – 20:30 | Welcome Dinner & Cocktail Party | Sky Cafe, La Valse Hotel

20:30 | 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 at 6F if not stated otherwise

Meet in La Valse Hotel lobby at 9:05; bus departs to P.ARK at 9:20.

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.

  • “Urban Lighting Planning and Design in Busan” – Keon-soo Nam, Director of Public Urban Design Division, Busan Metropolitan City (KR)
  • “Harmonic lights, Busan” – Uh-Chan Ryu, Professor, Pukyong National University (KR)

The name of Busan is derived from a mountain like a cauldron, but actually located among “steep mountains” including several 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 the current lighting in Busan and will provide an opportunity for us to imagine the future 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.

  • “The way people understand 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 @ 2F

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 @ 2F

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?

  • Jean-Baptiste de ScorrailleDeputy Mayor of the Public Lighting Department, City of Toulouse (FR)
  • Thomas Dienberg. Deputy Mayor for City Development and Construction, City of Leipzig (DE)
  • 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)
  • 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 restaurant

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

19:30 – 20:00 | Bus from MOK JANG WON restaurant to Marina

20:30 – 23:00 | 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

Meet in La Valse Hotel lobby at 9:15; bus departs to P.ARK at 9:30.

10:00 – 10:30 | Registrations & Coffee/tea @ 6F

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 – 14:00 | Lunch @ 2F

14:00 – 16:00 | 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.

16:00 – 16:15 | Closing session and Announcements

16:15 – 18:00 | Networking moment @ 2F

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 Yonggungsa Temple visit

11:00 – 11:30 | Bus from Haedong Yonggungsa Temple 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: ©Busan Tourism Organization © City of Busan; © City of Jinju