Theme day city and light
An event of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Nowadays leaps in scale in urban development and new lighting systems transform the dimension of our city light. The question that arises is whether and how cities from now on will glow from within as pieces of art.
Urban light art spaces
The ongoing paradigmatic change in Europe in regard to the use of energy and the consumption of resources at the end of the 20th century is giving rise worldwide to new light systems and lighting appliances -- a development leading today to the use of light as a building material in its own right. Current projects worldwide aim at exploring stand-alone spatial structures of light, adding on to existing spaces, creating new spaces and evoking an awareness of urban light art spaces.
If we look back from the future into this present, we define and reformulate cities by their light and darkness. The development of the city today and the dimension of its urban lighting are accompanied by leaps in scale heralding a new era. It is no longer street lighting or solitary buildings that are accentuated by means of light; rather light-space-configurations are highlighted as a whole, making statements about the overall urban fabric and image of a city. Furthermore city light will go beyond light-cityscapes and light-landscapes to light-topographies.
The future of city light as an art media
The profound potential, significance, effect and uniting power of urban lighting has not yet been understood and developed – neither that of an urban campfire of light gathering people and creating identity, protection, magic and silence, thus enhancing people’s quality of life and vitality, nor the power of light in deepening knowledge of our world as a piece of art.
Thorsten Bauer: Augmented spaces – about the digital future of our cities
Award winning Creative Director of international installations in the field of Projection Mapping and Media Architecture. Founder of the artist collective Urbanscreen and co-founder of the Urbanscreen GmbH Co&KG. Freelance Creative Director, Curator, and Consultant for immersive media installations.
"A digital revolution is beginning, and it’s taking place within the real space. We can see it manifesting in the form of media architectures that increasingly enhance our urban landscape with large scale digital interfaces. This development offers architects, lighting designers, content designers and technical providers unprecedented means to execute ambitious and expansive lighting projects. But it also poses great challenges to those attempting to create responsible and sustainable media architecture projects. To shape our future digital cities for increased livability, we must radically rethink traditional design processes, considering media architectures as digital dynamic architectures, retaining the city’s and building’s identity and integrity."
Niels Gutschow: Myth and Light – From Space for Salvation to the Banality of Illumination
Niels Gutschow studied architecture at Technical University Darmstadt. He is researching on war-time and post-war architecture and town planning in Europe and the history of architecture and sacred landscapes in India and Nepal. Honorary professor at Heidelberg University. Major Publications: Benares. The Sacred Landscape of Varanasi, Stuttgart 2006 and Architecture of the Newars, Chicago 2011.
"Myths tell us about life and coming-into-being of the world. In our imagination, fire and light define sacred spaces as spiritually charged, enlightened spaces. In contrast, to light space, be it exterior or interior, or an object is essentially a secular occurrence, which gains meaning when it is designed."
Tran Quoc Khanh: Autonomous driving in a future city --- Signaling tasks for the lighting technology
Diploma Technical University Ilmenau, Precision engineering. Ph.D. thesis at the faculty for Physics and electronic devices, Technical University Ilmenau. Project leader for radiometric and photometric systems in Munich and Berlin. Habilitation on mesopic vision, color image processing and color appearance. Professor for Lighting Technology, Fachgebiet Licht, Technical University Darmstadt.
"The lecture describes the development of the autonomous driving until 2060 and the need for communication between manually, partly manually and fully computer-regulated vehicles and other traffic participants (pedestrians, bicycles) with different age groups. In this context, new signaling elements in different color, sizes and positions around the vehicles shall be defined, additionally to the current head-and rear lamps."
Mark Major: Lifting the Veil -- Reinterpreting the city after dark
Mark Major trained and practiced as an architect prior to focusing on the relationship between light and architecture. He has worked on lighting projects including the Millennium Dome, 30 St. Mary Axe, Beijing International Airport, the refurbishment of Royal Festival Hall and the re-lighting of the interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Mark has lectured extensively in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, U.S. and Australia.
"As the veil of night descends the city often becomes a visually incoherent and illegible place. We are only able to continue to work, rest and play in our urban environment through the use of artificial light. In many cases we simply seek to extend the day rather than enhance the qualities of the night. To do so requires a co-ordinated and holistic approach. This richly illustrated talk will examine how light and darkness can be better employed to create a new interpretation of the city after dark with the aim of improving people’s experience of public space. It will examine the issues that need to be considered with reference to specific case studies."
Roger Narboni: Lighting strategies for large urban territories
Roger Narboni founded in 1988 CONCEPTO lighting design studio near Paris. He launched in 1987 a new discipline called Light Urbanism and has realised more than 130 lighting master plans and numerous landscape, urban and architectural lightings e.g. Cathedral of Paris, nightscape of Grand Canal in Hangzhou, Main Gate Old City Jerusalem. He teaches Lighting Design and directs professional workshops worldwide.
"The tremendous growth of cities, their mutation and their continuous development have led for many of them to absorption or major changes in the natural geographic site that has been the source of their foundation. Therefore, these large urban territories cannot be seen anymore at night with the unique prism of functional lighting. They deserve a new thinking and new lighting strategies that will naturally balance urban lighting and darkness at a very large scale in order to reconcile in the future the citizens of these new territories with their night environment."
Wolfgang Rang: Wandering Lights
Wolfgang Rangstudied architecture at the Technical University Darmstadt and at the University of California, Los Angeles. Wolfgang taught at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. From 1979 until 1996 he was co-owner of the architectural firm Berghof Landes Rang. He has been running the Atelier Wolfgang Rang since 1996. Material and immaterial architectural and spatial creations.
"The ongoing paradigmatic change in regard to the use of energy and the consumption of resources is giving rise to new light systems and lighting appliances -- a development leading to the use of light as a building material in its own right. Similar to the process of architectural design, where volumes create interspaces, light spaces make these interspaces visible and make it possible to experience unexpected spatial constellations as still lives of light. Light sculptures as street lighting become urban-regional guidelines and signposts of light. And the light of a city in its silhouette expands into a stand-alone spatial structure of light, adding on to existing spaces, creating new spaces and evoking an awareness of urban light art spaces."
Charles G Stone: City Light: Pieces, Places, and Postcards
An early interest in the theater led to a career in architectural lighting design, joining Fisher Marantz Stone in 1983, where he became the President in 2003. Charles has designed projects such as Carnegie Hall, the Washington Monument, American Museum of Natural History, and the Hong Kong International Airport.
His annual Traveling Light speaking tour includes universities and conferences around the world.
"Cities are reinventing the night. Mayors and public-private partnerships, developers and urban planners, architects and lighting designers are being tasked to re-imagine and re-light the public realm to achieve new visions of the city that accomplish and encompass beautification, safety, technological wonders, and sustainability. Lighting Designers must consider not only new and exciting smart street-lighting and energy saving LED retrofit strategies; but also, the uniquely indigenous opportunities found in each city’s waterfronts, promenades, bridges, building façades, and the possibility of dynamic lighting “shows”. The work consists of many puzzle pieces, at many places in each city, and a yearning for beautiful evening skylines - postcards of City Light."
22. März 2018, 14:30–18 Uhr, in englischer Sprache
20 Euro, Studierende frei. » Tickets hier
Instituto Cervantes, Staufenstraße 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main
Das Projekt wird unterstützt von
Gasometer Oberhausen © Thorsten Bauer
Light-Lingam Benares © Niels Gutschow
St. Pauls Cathedral London © Mark Major
Chongqing LMP / Jialing River nightscape © Roger Narboni, Concepto & Zhongtai Lighting
Wandering Light / Great Wall China © Wolfgang Rang
Tribute in Light / Memorial Trade Center New York © Charles Stone