Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes was led by the Configuring Light / Staging the Social Programme and explored how social research could be better used to help designers understand the social spaces and users they are designing for.
In October 2014, Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes brought together 25 international lighting design professionals, architects, planners and social scientists for a week-long workshop on Peabody’s Whitecross Estate (London). The aim was to explore how social research could be better used to help designers understand the social spaces and users they are designing for, and how to better integrate social research into design processes. Led by the LSE-based Configuring Light/Staging the Social programme in collaboration with the Social Light Movement, participants were trained in ‘Social Research in Design’ – an approach developed for the project, and supported by an open access handbook and training exercises. This approach used hands-on engagement with specific sites on the estate to help participants develop an awareness of their social understanding of spaces and users, to gain practical experience of carrying out focused social research, and to explore the ways in which their design thinking could interact creatively with social research findings. Participants, working in groups focused on specific sites, explored social research in the context of a realistic design process: each group produced a lighting design, responding to their research, and presented it to a symposium comprising Peabody staff, residents, other designers and academics.
This highly innovative application of academic research within design practice has engaged with and delivered benefits for the lighting design and planning profession, the 1,200 residents of the Whitecross Estate and for Peabody. The project was funded by LSE HEIF5 and received technical sponsorship from iGuzzini.
- 16 March 2015 | Configuring Light/Staging the Social events in Australia
- 17 October 2014 | Symposium: Urban Lightscapes/ Social Nightscapes
- 13 October 2014 | Workshop: Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes
- 22 September 2014 | Lighting the Local
- 7 May 2014 | Configuring Light night walk
- 24 April 2014 | Configuring Light/ Staging the Social: Lighting London
- 10 April 2014 | Configuring the Urban Night
- 26 Jun 2015 | LSE Cities researchers took part in LSE Research Festival 2015 event with Harris Academies students
- 15 Apr 2015 | Configuring Light Australia tour featured on the International Year of Light blog
- 12 Mar 2015 | LSE Cities Configuring Light / Staging the Social project featured in Australian business newspaper
- 23 Feb 2015 | LSE Cities Mona Sloane presented at New London Architecture event
- 10 Feb 2015 | LSE Cities Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes project featured on LSE Impact Blog
- 8 Dec 2014 | LSE Cities Configuring Light programme features in LSE Connect
- 1 Dec 2014 | LSE Cities’ Mona Sloane to talk at Werkstatt London
- 28 Nov 2014 | LSE Cities’ Mona Sloane publishes new paper in ‘Interiors: Design, Architecture and Culture’
- 19 Nov 2014 | Urban Lightscapes / Social Nightscapes film and exhibition
- 30 Sep 2014 | LSE Cities’ Configuring Light launches new project website for ‘Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes‘
- 12 Aug 2014 | Configuring Light interview in Illumni magazine
- 8 May 2014 | LSE Cities’ research project Configuring Light awarded an HEIF5 grant