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LUCI AGM 2019 – experiencing the Shanghai nightscape

 

The LUCI Annual General Meeting 2019 brought together over 250 lighting professionals representing 35 cities on 25 – 27 September 2019 in Shanghai, China.

This unique international forum for cities not only unveiled the lighting policy of the host Shanghai, one of the largest cities in the world, it was also the opportunity for cities to explore and discuss international lighting topics and trends.

 

The Shanghai lighting strategy – creating a unique nightscape

Leading experts from the Shanghai City Government gave an insight into the city’s lighting strategy, sharing the details of how light has accompanied Shanghai’s journey growing into the dynamic, international city it is today.

One of the first cities in China to develop a lighting policy in 1989, Shanghai’s nightscape lighting has today developed into a nationally and internationally renowned attraction.

Over 22 km of illuminated skyline

The city has over 22 km of illuminated skyline featuring modern skyscrapers with dynamic lighting and media facades along the Huangpu river. The lighting of the Shanghai Bund waterfront, famous for its well-preserved colonial-era buildings, is also one of the highlights of the Shanghai nightscape. Inaugurated in spring 2019, the lighting features connected and tunable white LED facade lighting on 23 major buildings on the Bund.

The city’s lighting strategy aims to highlight Shanghai’s rich heritage while also making innovations that explore the use of new materials and products.

The city aims to further develop its lighting according to the ambitious objectives of its 2035 Shanghai Masterplan (which puts an increased focus on citizen needs), while simultaneously ensuring zero increase of power consumed by landscape lighting.

Zero increase of power consumed by landscape lighting

Speakers included, amongst others, Miao Jun, Deputy Counsel of Shanghai Landscaping & City Appearance Administrative Bureau, Fan Yu, Vice Director of Comprehensive Planning Department of Shanghai Urban Planning & State Resources Bureau, Yuan Qiao, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fudan University/Director of Lighting Design, Shanghai Fudan Institute of Planning and Architectural Design, Ding Qinhua, Director of Landscape Management Department, Shanghai Landscaping & City Appearance Administrative Bureau, and Tao Zhen, Responsible for Operations of Shanghai Landscape Lighting Monitoring Center, Senior Engineer.

The event also featured the perspectives of some of Shanghai’s partners, including Signify, which worked together with the City of Shanghai and lighting designers to determine how best to deliver the lighting systems to illuminate the historic facades and bridges of the Bund.


Lights of cities

Over 10 speakers from cities such as Gothenburg, Helsinki, Moscow, Nanjing and Oulu, amongst others, shared their lighting innovations and initiatives during the AGM Open Conference Sessions. Presentations ranged from colour temperature-changing street lighting, to the challenges balancing public and private lighting, to lighting masterplans, through to boosting cultural policy with light.

 

Creating livable and lovable cities with light

A major topic of discussion was how lighting can help make the city more livable for residents and lovable for tourists.

Yu Fei, Director of Landscape Department of Hangzhou Urban Management Bureau, explained how Hanghzou has realised a coordinated connected network of functional lighting, landscape lighting, and LED screen displays.

Thierry Marsick, Director of Urban Lighting Department, City of Lyon and Amandine Serol, Project Manager to Karine Dognin-Sauze, International Relations, shared the key points of development of lighting in Lyon, such as a long-standing strategy with a lighting masterplan, an emphasis on professional lighting design in each project, and public-private partnerships and collaboration.

Sungde Hong, Urban Lighting Advisor of Seoul and President of KALD (Korea Association of Lighting Designers), explained Seoul’s new urban lighting policy and the road to the 2030 Seoul Lighting Master Plan.

A different perspective from Hao Luoxi, the Vice President of the CIE, and Professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, called for more governments to push for policies and regulations on light pollution and its impacts on human health.

 

Experiencing Shanghai

Participants also had the chance to experience the contrasts of Shanghai: a night cruise on the Huangpu river showcased the modern dynamic facets of this city that never sleeps, while a night walk in the ancient Guangfulin temple ruins revealed a different, more ancient and peaceful side of Shanghai.


LUCI General Assembly – the network in action

The event was also the occasion for LUCI members to look back on a year of activities, from events – such as the City under Microscope Rotterdam (March 2019) and the Asia Urban Lighting Workshop in Seoul (June 2019) – to projects – such as the European Interreg projects, Smart-Space and Lucia – Lighting the Baltic Sea Region – to the progress of working groups on Art & Culture, Social Cohesion and Governance, all key topics linked to light in the city.

 

 

  • See some photos from the LUCI AGM in Shanghai
  • LUCI members can access the presentations made during the conferences in the LUCI Members Area
  • Experience the Shanghai nightscape through this video

 

 

Images © City of Shanghai