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Message posted on 11/01/2019

Seminar: Re-imagining the city at night (21 January, TU Delft)

Towards a Darker Future? Re-imagining the city at night

On the occasion of the graduation of Taylor Stone, who will defend his PhD thesis "Designing for Darkness: Urban Nighttime Lighting and Environmental Values," we are organizing a seminar on the future of cities at night.

Monday 21 January
Commissiekamer 3, Aula, TU Delft

Nighttime lighting is foundational to the design and use cities at night. Artificial illumination effectively creates the city at night, carving space and time out of darkness. New innovations to how we light cities can have far-reaching effects on issues such as sustainability, safety, commerce, nightlife and ‘24/7’ societies, mobility, and social justice. Yet, because of the immense scale and seeming permanence of our lighting, we take the existing infrastructure as a given. It all too easily fades into the backdrop of daily life, only noticed when it fails or during special events. But, what if that wasn’t so? What if we re-focused our attention on the generative force of urban lighting?

Imagine that we could flip a switch, and reset our nighttime lighting. What sort of urban nightscapes would we want for our future cities, and why? With new technologies on the horizon (e.g., smart systems, autonomous robots, etc.), it is possible to design innovative lighting strategies and novel nighttime environments. But, what exactly should a “new” urban nightscape look like, and why? Should it be drastically different? What values (environmental, social, aesthetic) should inform and drive technological innovation, design and policy choices, and use patterns? And, how can (and should) future visions be enacted? Through exploring these questions, we can start to envision a future of urban nights radically different from those of the 20th century.

There will be a short presentation by Prof. Nick Dunn (Lancaster University), followed by a panel discussion including Prof. Andrew Light (George Mason University), Prof. Jeroen van den Hoven (TU Delft), and Prof. Carola Hein (TU Delft).

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