Light is a powerful material and as such has moved centre stage in discussions around new technologies and ‘smart cities’. Emerging innovations in lighting are opening up new challenges within urban planning and design. Thus, lighting is a very good case study for exploring developments in new, responsive digital technologies. This seminar addressed the current discourse in practice around ‘smart’ and ‘public lighting’. Seminar discussion was attended to a wide range of issues concerning public engagement and local urban governance with respect to these new technologies and the way in which they may shape urban futures.
This event provided a platform for a truly cross-disciplinary discussion that also brought together practitioners, lighting professionals, urban planners, as well as academics in sociology, urban studies, geography and beyond. Invited speakers and participants came from wide ranging academic and practitioner backgrounds from UK, Netherlands, and beyond.