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Saturday Keynote at the BCSLA Annual Conference:
Telling Stories with Light
How lighting energizes people, communicates culture and enhances place making in urban settings.
Understand the history of how lighting has been used to communicate
Recognize how lighting aids urban wayfinding and place making
Consider a citywide plan for 24 hour urban lighting with a focus on people and places
Our cities and their public spaces influence our behaviors and how we spend our time and energy outside. Historically the focus of urban design has been on the daylight hours but as we move to a more global economy with people working across time zones, we need to consider how people use the city during the entire 24 hours of the day. During night hours, our eyes are drawn towards light. The Empire State building was one of the first modern buildings to act as a message board to the city, changing colors on various occasions. What other ways can we use the light to communicate? For wayfinding and place making? With a citywide lighting plan, certain landmarks would be lit more than others to act as beacons for wayfinding. A lighting hierarchy could communicate the use of buildings as well. Let’s explore how urban spaces are encouraging social interactions, enhancing cultural experiences, and inspiring play after dark.