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Symposium: Urban Lightscapes/ Social Nightscapes | 17 October 2014

Symposium hosted by Configuring Light in partnership with iGuzzini and LSE HEIF 5 Knowledge Exchange

Friday 17 October 2014 15.30 – 18.30
The Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Symposium: Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes is the finale of a five day workshop on Peabody’s Whitecross estate in Islington, London, that brings together lighting design professionals, architects, planners and social scientists around the topic of social research in lighting design.

Focus of the workshop is the creation of new lighting design interventions to help improve the outdoor spaces on the estate. In this workshop, LSE researchers will support the design teams in their social research to help them better understand the Whitecross estate and its community in order to come up with sensible public lighting ideas. Throughout the workshop, the design teams will engage in a dialogue with the estate’s community to understand their lighting needs and try out different lighting concepts. Configuring Light/Staging the Social is documenting the project in a film and a photo exhibition to be held at the LSE in February 2015 and will be producing a handbook for social research in design which will be freely available at

The final day of the workshop will see these proposals presented in a symposium to an audience consisting of the Whitecross community, Peabody, invited guests and the public. A guest panel, chaired by LSE Cities’ Fran Tonkiss and including renowned lighting master planner Roger Narboni and Brian Quinn, Advisor, Cabe at the Design Council, will comment on the design teams’ presentations and engage the audience in a discussion around social research in design.

Lighting design, architecture and planning professionals from eleven countries have been invited and selected from an open call to participate in the workshop. The workshop will take place from the 13-17 October 2014 on the Whitecross estate and culminates in the symposium on 17 October 2014 at the LSE.

Free and open to the public but booking essential. Click here to book your place.

The Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes project is hosted by Configuring Light in partnership with the Social Light Movement and Peabody, funded by LSE HEIF5 Knowledge Exchange and with technical sponsorship from iGuzzini.



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