Urban lighting is becoming increasingly crucial for place making. The questions which are raised for city street lighting are many and complex: lighting functions as a critical aspect of way-finding at night, helping create pathways through the city and also plays a role in crime prevention and security. Simultaneously, local specificities play an important role as city lighting sets an ambience that enhances a sense of place and can support city branding.
This panel discussion questioned how to think about public lighting and the specifics of certain localities by presenting and discussing Configuring Light’s social research study of the lighting master plan for the city of Derby. The panel was chaired by LSE Cities’ Fran Tonkiss and comprised Pranali Parikh of Derby council, Satu Streatfield of Speirs+Major as well we Don Slater of the Configuring Light/Staging the Social research team; and discussed the role social research can play in understanding the city uses and users at night and how this can feed into the public lighting design process.