Lighting the Urban Realm - Strategies for Qualities in Night-Time Design
In the last twenty years or so the quality of landscape design in our towns and cities has improved dramatically and the importance of good quality design’s contribution to urban life and the economy is now well recognised. Less so lighting. Whilst undoubtedly the quality of lighting in our public spaces has improved to a certain extent, it is still treated by many as a functional necessity and the appearance of the equipment by day given priority over the quality of light at night. This is despite the obvious links between good lighting and the night time economy, the social benefits of providing good quality public space at night and the added benefits this brings, helping to combat anti-social behaviour and strengthening communities.
This talk will look at good quality lighting, what it is, the way in which it contributes to good urban design and how a strategic approach to developing lighting design on a project can aid delivering quality urban realm.