3rd Asia Urban Lighting Workshop – strong dynamic between Asian cities
The third Asia Urban Lighting Workshop took place in Seoul on 25 – 28 June 2019.
Organised by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and LUCI, the workshop brought together over 70 city representatives from 33 cities in Asia such as Colombo, Hue, Islamabad, Jinju, Seberang Perai, Singapore and Taipei, among others.
Light festivals – an attractive prospect for all
This third edition of the workshop included a focus on light festivals, with presentations from major festival organisers from around the world such as the Fête de Lumières with Jean-François Zurawik, Director of Events at the City of Lyon, I light Singapore Director Jason Chen, and the Guangzhou International Light Festival with Bennet Cheung from Ruifeng Culture.
A new insight on light festivals in Asia
A world café style discussion on the topic of light festivals and artistic lighting with all the 33 cities present revealed some unique insights into light festivals in the region, which reflect the diversity of the Asian continent. While there is a broad variety of festival across the continent – from spectacular city-wide lighting events using the latest technology, to smaller neighbourhood events using traditional materials such as paper or cloth lanterns – there are certain commonalities as well, such as a focus on local tradition, culture and history and strong community links.
Seoul urban lighting policy – new perspectives
A presentation from Young-Su Kim, Director of the Urban Light Policy Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, not only provided a comprehensive picture of the urban lighting policy of this megapolis, it also announced a new light festival in the works for the Korean capital.
A thought-provoking presentation by lighting designer Junsoo Kim, Executive VP of BPI highlighted some of the ways in which urban lighting can impact the quality of life.
Case studies from Asian cities
A wide variety of city representatives from the continent presented case studies addressing urban lighting issues and perspectives in their cities. Speakers included:
- Islamabad Capital Development Authority (Pakistan) – Mansha Muhammad, Town Planner;
- Baguio (Philippines) -Renato Ciano from the City Building & Architecture Office;
- Jeju (S. Korea) – Sungeun Kim, Director of City Beautification;
- Choibalsan soum (Mongolia) – Tserendulam Shagdarsuren;
- Busan (S. Korea) – Choul Kwon Kim, Team Leader of the Department of Architecture Division;
- Taipei (Taiwan) – Wang Tong-Liang Deputy Chief Engineer in the Parks and Streets Light Office;
- Semarang City (Indonesia) – Mohamad Irwansyah, Spatial Planning Department;
- Colombo Municipal Council (Sri Lanka) – Janitha Subhashinie Medamulla, Architect;
- Galle Developement Foundation (Sri Lanka) – Hettiarachchige Iran Erandik;
- Municipal Council of Sebarang Perai – Nadia Faradila Binti Jalawi, Senior Assistant Director of Engineering.
Solar lighting – a viable option for Asian cities?
Presentations from Upendra Tripathy, General Director of the International Solar Alliance and Youngho Baik, Urban Light Advisory & Committee member of Seoul City, addressed some of the potentials and challenges of solar lighting in the region. This was accompanied by an insight on the LED industry from JaeMan Ryu. A discussion that followed saw cities share their experiences on successful and not-so successful solar lighting projects.
The conference programme was accompanied by an evening programme featuring visits of Seoul city at night and a trip to the new lighting museum.
- Presentations will soon be available in the LUCI members area.
Images (c) Seoul Metropolitan Govt