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3rd ESRC Seminar: Lighting Futures

The Configuring Light research programme is hosting its 3rd ESRC-funded seminar ‘Lighting Futures’ on 19 February 2015 (1.30pm-5.15pm) at the STO Werkstatt London (7-9 Woodbridge Street, London EC1R 0EX)

Light and lighting are undergoing profound technological changes that are transforming private and public realms. The combination of LED and new control systems have put light centre stage in debates about the future of our cities and homes as social spaces are re-imagined in different ways and scenarios. Light is now a concrete theme in mainstream public debate with issues such as sustainability, the environment and health and wellbeing, especially in the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015.

The 3rd Configuring Light/Staging the Social ESRC-funded seminar will explore the role of new lighting technologies and trends in configuring the future of cities and homes and, vice versa, how imaginations of social futures are shaping our understandings of new possibilities for lighting.

The two panels comprise academics and practitioners, confirmed speakers are: Dr Anna Carlsson-Hyslop (Manchester University), Professor Andrew Barry (UCL), Brendan Keely (SLL), Lisa White (WGSN), Dr Susanne Seitinger (Philips) and Professor Marion Roberts (Westminster University).

This event has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and is the second of a three-year seminar series of the Configuring Light/Staging the Social programme which is coordinated between LSE Cities (Dr Don Slater, Mona Sloane) and King’s College London (Dr Joanne Entwistle) and examines different knowledges, practices and technologies through which we use and understand lighting in everyday life, urban planning and design.

Participating in the event is free of charge, but there are limited seats available. Please RSVP with an email to by 12 February 2015 to secure a place.

Funded by:   JPG BW Large with Border

With support from:  STO+WERKSTATT

Image: Adafruit DotStar LED Strips © Adafruit Industries

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