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27.10.2014

Final Light in the City event gathered more than 150 participants from across Europe in Eskilstuna


Photo by Touho Häkkinen

The City of Eskilstuna (Sweden) was the venue for the final international lighting branch conference “Light in the City” from 23.-25.10.2014.

More than 150 participants from 10 different countries attended the event, which was the third and last in a series, and forms a part of the Light in the City project, funded by the European Union's Europe for Citizens Programme. Those present included city officials, municipal engineers, lighting designers, architects, politicians, lighting artists and ordinary citizens from European cities.

The event was organized by the City of Eskilstuna in collaboration with the City of Jyväskylä and a number of partners, including Eurotowns network, LUCI Association, Nordic Culture Fund and the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture and Media, explains Mathias Thuen, the person in charge of the event in Eskilstuna.

The aim: lighting in accordance with sustainable development

The conference featured a keynote line up with cutting edge speakers covering the spectra with important questions in the lighting field today. The theme for the conference was, as well as for Eskilstuna’s ongoing work, an industrial city in transformation with strong focus on the future, says Karin Ermegård who played a major role in organizing the event.

The event included conferences on urban lighting featuring speakers such as Kai Piippo and Tapio Rosenius, among others, as well as practice-oriented workshops, site visits, and a Guerrilla Lighting event. The topics on display included urban lighting in Eskilstuna as well as Jyväskylä’s environmentally friendly outdoor lighting projects.

The unifying goal of these activities was to promote the principles of sustainable development in the way outdoor lighting is organised and to create opportunities for participants to become networked, tells Elli Räsänen, Coordinator of Jyväskylä’s City of Light project which leads the Light in the City project.

Guerrilla Lighting event on Friday 24th October

Organized as part of the Light in the City event, the phenomenon known as “Guerrilla Lighting” transformed the streets of Torshälla (Eskilstuna, Sweden) for a fleeting moment. The event showed familiar city locations in a new light. Lighting designer Annukka Larsen from City of Jyväskylä had selected four targets for illumination. In each case, a horn was sounded and the site briefly illuminated with the help of 50 volunteers.

The volunteers were members of the Finnish Association in Torshälla, says Anna Geschwindt Eriksson, the person in charge of the event in Torshälla. We are very excited to be part of the Light in the City project; the Guerrilla Lighting event was a brilliant way to enjoy the light and raise discussion on urban lighting and its significance, she continues.

Networking event aimed at lighting artists on Saturday the 25th October

On Saturday, October 25th, lighting artists involved in the Nordic Light networking project gathered in Eskilstuna. The event attracted applications from 42 lighting artists by close of call. On the basis of the applications the expert jury decided to choose 8 artists, who enjoyed an opportunity to exhibit their works at the event.

– The participants were Andreas Brännlund (Sweden), Arto Heiskanen (Finland), Cecilia Ömalm (Sweden), Joonas Saaranen (Finland), Kari Alonen (Finland), Milo Laven (Sweden), Ulla Ridderberg (Sweden) and Åsa Lipka Falck (Sweden) explains Wanna Spiridonidou, Eures Adviser at the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media which was one of the main organizers of the event.

The 8 deserving artists selected for the event each showed their own portfolio in Eskilstuna on October 25th. The session concluded with a panel discussion, titled Nordic light art in an international context. The panelists were: Johanna-Mai Vihalem, Lighting artist from Estonia, Lena Siewert, Coordinator at City of Gothenburg and a representative of LUCI Light & Art Commission, Viel Bjerkeset Andersen, Lighting artist from Norway and William Dennisuk Lighting artist from Finland.

Light in the City project

The Light in the City is a two-year project under the Europe for Citizens programme aid scheme involving four European cities: Jyväskylä (Finland), Hasselt (Belgium), Tartu (Estonia) and Eskilstuna (Sweden). The LUCI Association is involved in the project as a communication associate. The project is led by the City of Jyväskylä, Finland.

During years 2012-2014, the project has brought together approximately 500 people from across Europe with the aim of promoting the development of high-quality urban lighting. The Light in the City event in Eskilstuna is the final event in the Light in the City project. Take a look at a video recapping the Light in the City events!

Light festival Nattljus

The Light in the City seminar weekend in Eskilstuna coincided with the staging of the city’s light festival “Nattljus”. Openings and presentation of new permanent lighting projects are the foundation of Nattljus, which lights up Eskilstuna until November 2nd. The event featured opening ceremonies for several major lighting projects in Eskilstuna.

Materials from the seminar

Seminar presentations.

Photos from the Light in the City seminar.

Photos from the Guerrilla Lighting event.

Photos are to be used in conjunction with editorial content directly related to the Light in the City project. When using these photos, please credit the photographers / © City of Light Jyväskylä. Should you publish a photo, please send us a copy of the publication.

More information

Mathias Thuen, Head of Parks, Eskilstuna Municipality mathias.thuen[at]eskilstuna.se, +46 73 950 10 50

Karin Ermegård, Landscape Architect, Eskilstuna Municipality, karin.ermegard[at]eskilstuna.se, +46 70-167 22 77

Elli Räsänen, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä, elli.rasanen[at]jkl.fi, +358 50 570 8941

Annukka Larsen, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä, annukka.larsen[at]jkl.fi, +358 40 740 4717

Anna Geschwindt Eriksson, Communications Strategist, Torshälla locality, anna.hartwig[at]eskilstuna.se, +46 73-950 60 93,

Wanna Spiridonidou, Eures Adviser, Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media wanna.spiridonidou[at]arbetsformedlingen.se, +46 104869738

9.10.2014

Get Ready: Guerrilla Lighting in Torshälla (Eskilstuna, Sweden)

The phenomenon known as “Guerrilla Lighting” will transform the streets of Torshälla (Eskilstuna, Sweden) for a fleeting moment. The Guerrilla Lighting march starts from the parking area of the Holmberget park on Friday 24th October at 19:30. The tour will take maximum one hour and during that the participants will see four places in Torshälla to be illuminated.

Objective: to enjoy the light and raise a discussion on city lighting

The idea, first realized in Manchester in 2006 by English lighting designer Martin Lupton, is intended to provoke a discussion about lighting design by providing a concrete example of what lighting can achieve. The objective of the event is to enjoy the light and raise a discussion on city lighting. Nowadays it is possible to reach a comfortable and secure city environment and the implementation can be at the same time impressive and energy-efficient. Guerrilla team also promotes architectural lighting design as a profession and an important field of urban planning.

During the event, a group of people “occupy” the city's streets with powerful, hand-held lights according to a carefully conceived plan. Participants in the occupation are instructed on their role in the performance, and on the night, they proceed with hand-held lights and color filters to illuminate one building at a time, and only for a moment. Torshälla gets illuminated with the help of 50 volunteers using big torches and colour filters.

4 targets for illumination

Lighting designer Annukka Larsen from City of Jyväskylä, Finland has selected 4 targets for illumination. In each case, a horn is sounded and the building briefly illuminated. During that time, the spectacle is photographed and documented, and the pictures provided to the media right afterwards.

Guerrilla Lighting Event is organized by the city of Jyväskylä, city of Eskilstuna and the Torshälla locality. It is a part of the international Light in the City conference and project funded by the European Union's Europe for Citizens Programme. The project is led by the City of Jyväskylä with partners including the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, Hasselt in Belgium and the City of Tartu in Estonia.

The organizers offer a warm welcome to anyone wishing to join the march!

Contacts:
Annukka Larsen, City of Jyväskylä, annukka.larsen[at]jkl.fi, tel. +358 40 740 4717
Anna Geschwindt Eriksson, Torshälla locality, anna.hartwig[at]eskilstuna.se, tel. +46 73 950 60 93


More information:
www.guerrillalighting.net
www.valonkaupunki.jyvaskyla.fi/english/projects/lic/activities/eskilstuna

Pictures:

View photos from the first Guerrilla Lighting event organized as part of the Light in the City project in Hasselt Belgium on Fri 18th Oct 2013.

View photos from the second Guerrilla Lighting event organized as part of the Light in the City project in Tartu Estonia on Thu 8th May 2014.

12.5.2014

Jyväskylä-led event on urban lighting gathered more than 170 participants from across Europe in Tartu (Estonia)


Guerrilla Lighting event in Tartu, photo by Urmo Männi
The city of Tartu (Estonia) was the venue for a Jyväskylä-led event on urban lighting from 7.-9.5.2014. The successful event, titled The Light in the City, was the second in a series, and forms a part of the Light in the City project, funded by the European Union's Europe for Citizens Programme.

– It was a great honor and pleasure for the City of Tartu to host the 2nd Light in the City event. The event brought more than 170 participants from 9 different countries in Tartu. Those present included officials, municipal engineers, lighting designers, architects, politicians, lighting artists and ordinary citizens from European cities, says Jaanus Tamm, Project Manager from Tartu City Government.

City networks were also well represented at the event: participants included delegates from Eurotowns (Europe-wide network for towns and cities with populations between 50 000 and 250 000), LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International Association), as well as the twin towns of the host city, Tartu. The event was organized by the City of Jyväskylä and the City of Tartu, and was held in partnership with a number of organizations, including the Nordic Culture Fund and the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media.

The aim: lighting in accordance with sustainable development

The Light in the City event featured introductions to environmentally friendly urban lighting using both Tartu and Jyväskylä as case examples. The topics on display included urban lighting projects in Tartu, sustainability of LED Lighting, light pollution, the illumination of Jyväskylä’s Äijälänranta, the venue for the 2014 Housing Fair in Finland, as well as Jyväskylä’s environmentally friendly outdoor lighting projects.

– The programme included practice-oriented workshops, a Guerrilla Lighting event, a guided tour of the city’s illuminated locations and a networking event aimed at lighting artists. The unifying goal of these activities was to promote the principles of sustainable development in the way outdoor lighting is organized and to create opportunities for participating municipal decision-makers, lighting branch professionals and actors in other fields to become networked”, states Elli Räsänen, City of Light Coordinator from City of Jyväskylä.

Guerrilla Lighting event attended by over 300

Organized as part of the Light in the City event, the phenomenon known as “Guerrilla Lighting” transformed the streets of Tartu for a fleeting moment on Thursday the 8th of May. The march started from the University Library and there were more than 300 people attending the event.

The idea, first realized in Manchester in 2006 by English lighting designer Martin Lupton, is intended to provoke a discussion about lighting design by providing a concrete example of what lighting can achieve.

During the event, a group of people occupied the streets of Tartu with powerful rechargeable lights according to a carefully conceived plan. Lighting designer Annukka Larsen from City of Jyväskylä, had selected four targets for illumination. The sites were: University Library, Keskpark playground, Keskpark park area and Kaarsild bridge. Tartu got illuminated with the help of 50 volunteers.

Examples of Nordic lighting art

On Friday the 9th of May, lighting artists involved in the Nordic Light project gathered in Tartu. The event attracted applications from 63 lighting artists by close of call. On the basis of the applications the expert jury decided to choose 21 artists from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Estonia, who enjoyed an opportunity to exhibit their works at the event, explains Wanna Spiridonidou, Eures Adviser at the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media.

The event included a panel discussion, intriguingly titled The Meaning of Light, an introduction to the themes of which was provided by the Estonian lighting designer Priit Tiimus, known among other things as the organizer of the Tallinn Light Biennale light festival. Other participants in the panel included: Aleksandra Stratimirovic, Artist, Stratimirovic Art Light Design, Ingemar Johansson, Head of Street lighting, City of Gothenburg, Karin Ermegård, Landscape Architect, Eskilstuna Municipality, Ulla Ridderberg, Artist and William Dennisuk, Artist, Member of Sculptors Union of Finland.

– The event provided a chance to meet fellow artists and the various interested groups, organizations, city planners, and all others working in the field. It was a well-organized and informative event, says William Dennisuk, one of the 21 deserving artists selected for the event.

Light in the City project

The Light in the City event in Tartu was the second in a series, and forms part of a joint project, Light in the City, which involves four European cities as well as the LUCI Association. The project is being funded from the European Union’s Europe for Citizens Programme and led by City of Jyväskylä, Finland. The event to conclude the Light in the City project will be held in Eskilstuna October 23-25, 2014. The complete program and registration information will soon be available on the project website.

Materials from the Tartu seminar

Seminar presentations.

Photos from the Light in the City seminar.

Photos from the Tartu Guerrilla Lighting event.

Photos are to be used in conjunction with editorial content directly related to the Light in the City project. When using these photos, please credit the photographers / © City of Light Jyväskylä. Should you publish a photo, please send us a copy of the publication.

Media Enquiries:

Annukka Larsen, Lighting Designer BA, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä annukka.larsen[at]jkl.fi, +358 407404717 (Guerrilla Lighting event)

Elli Räsänen, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä, elli.rasanen[at]jkl.fi, +358 505708941 (Light in the City project, Nordic Light project)

Jaanus Tamm, Project Manager, Tartu City Government jaanus.tamm[at]raad.tartu.ee, +372 58506742 (Light in the City event in Tartu)

Wanna Spiridonidou, Eures Adviser, the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media wanna.spiridonidou[at]arbetsformedlingen.se, +46 104869738 (Nordic Light project)

20.3.2014

Guerrilla Lighting event on Thursday 8th May

The phenomenon known as “Guerrilla Lighting” will transform the streets of Tartu, Estonia for a fleeting moment. The Guerrilla Lighting march starts from University Library (Tartu Ülikooli Raamatukogu, Wilhelm Struve 1) on Thursday 8th May at 22:00.

What is the aim of Guerrilla Lighting?

The idea, first realized in Manchester in 2006 by English lighting designer Martin Lupton, is intended to provoke a discussion about lighting design by providing a concrete example of what lighting can achieve. The objective of the event is to enjoy the light and raise a discussion on city lighting. Nowadays it is possible to reach a comfortable and secure city environment and the implementation can be at the same time impressive and energy-efficient. Guerrilla team also promotes architectural lighting design as a profession and an important field of urban planning.

During the event, a group of people “occupy” the city's streets with powerful, hand-held lights according to a carefully conceived plan. Participants in the occupation are instructed on their role in the performance, and on the night, they proceed with hand-held lights and color filters to illuminate one site at a time, and only for a moment. Tartu gets illuminated with the help of 50 volunteers.

Get ready for Guerrilla Lighting march!

Lighting designer Annukka Larsen from City of Jyväskylä, Finland has selected four targets for illumination. In each case, a horn is sounded and the site briefly illuminated. During that time, the spectacle is photographed and documented, and the pictures provided to the media right afterwards.

Guerrilla Lighting Event is organized by the City of Jyväskylä and the City of Tartu. It is a part of the international Light in the City conference and project funded by the Europe for Citizens programme. The project is led by the City of Jyväskylä with partners including the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, Hasselt in Belgium and the City of Tartu in Estonia.

The organizers offer a warm welcome to anyone wishing to join the march!

View photos from the first Guerrilla Lighting event organized as part of the Light in the City project in Hasselt Belgium on Fri 18th Oct 2013.

Contacts:
Annukka Larsen, City of Jyväskylä, annukka.larsen[at]jkl.fi, tel. +358 40 740 4717
Elo Kiivet, Architect, Tartu City Government, elo.kiivet[at]raad.tartu.ee, +372 736 1219

17.2.2014

Light in the City in Tartu: an interview with Roope Siiroinen, the event’s keynote speaker

The 2nd international lighting-branch seminar "Light in the City" will be arranged under Jyväskylä’s supervision from May 7th-9th, 2014 in the Estonian city of Tartu.

Already more than 60 municipal decision-makers and lighting experts have registered for the event. See complete conference program and register here.

The conference’s keynote speaker on May 8th, is the Finnish lighting designer Roope Siiroinen. Read what Roope had to say about his keynote presentation and the importance of attending seminars such as the Light in the City.

What would you say to encourage people to attend Light in the City event?

Architectural and functional lighting industry has taken big steps during the last few years. The conference in Tartu is an opportunity to update and refresh thinking, ideas and visions of lighting design. It is an opportunity to get together and have some fun with positive, enlightened people. Tartu offers a package which allows you to understand where the lighting industry is going and possibly find new ideas.

Without giving too much away, what can you tell us about your keynote presentation?

The possibilities to design lighting today are much wider than only a few years ago. Traditional basic methods have been changed to multivisual and functional methods. Where, how and why do we use various methods? What is allowed and what is possibly forbidden? Should there be a difference in lighting method of a warehouse area, a modern area or a historical area? How to analyze the entirety of various methods? The master plan is a tool to solve these questions and the first step to reach reasonable, functional and beautiful entirety of lighting.

How can cities become more sustainable, particularly in the field of outdoor lighting?

How to become sustainable? By rethinking lighting entirety. Where and what kind of lighting do we need. We don’t have to use the same, general method everywhere. We can think more and sometimes we can see that there is no need for light at all. Shadow is good too – less is more. Before we change every existing luminaire to a new LED one, we should think what we really need and what we want. … by doing a master plan, a general plan, and just after those, realization plans.

22.1.2014

Registration open for the Light in the City event in Tartu!

Online registration is now open for the “Light in the City”, taking place from Wednesday the 7th to the Friday the 9th May 2014 in Tartu, Estonia. It is the second international lighting branch conference organized in the framework of the Light in the City project, led by the City of Jyväskylä and funded by the EU programme “Europe for Citizens”. Click here for more information.

22.10.2013

Wide range of participants attended the Light in the City seminar in Belgium


The Belgian city of Hasselt was the venue for a Jyväskylä-led seminar on urban lighting held from 17.-19.10.2013.

The seminar was the first in a series, and forms part of an European Union project, Light in the City.

More than 150 participants from 12 different countries

The weekend lighting seminar attracted more than 150 participants from 12 different countries. Those present included officials, municipal engineers, lighting designers, architects, politicians, lighting artists and ordinary citizens from European cities.

Lighting branch networks were also well represented at the seminar: participants included delegates from Eurotowns, LUCI, PLDA, as well as the twin towns of the host city, Hasselt.

Besides the above-mentioned networks, the event’s partners were the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture and Media, the Nordic Culture Fund, C2 SmartLight, Infrax, Philips, Sacred Places, Schréder and Tehomet Valmont.

Hasselt and Jyväskylä as case examples

The programme featured introductions to environmentally friendly urban lighting using both Hasselt and Jyväskylä as case examples. The topics examined included Hasselt Lighting Master Plan, the illumination of Jyväskylä’s Äijälänranta, the venue for the 2014 Housing Fair in Finland, as well as Jyväskylä’s environmentally friendly outdoor lighting projects.

Light festival attracted crowds of spectators

The seminar weekend in Hasselt coincided with the staging of the city’s light festival, at which the new, permanent illumination of Hasselt City Hall and St Quentin’s Cathedral were unveiled. One item in the light festival’s programme was a Guerrilla Lighting stunt which was implemented as part of the joint project and involved manually illuminating four locations.

The aim of this ’attack’ by the lighting guerrillas was to show familiar city locations in a new light and spark debate about urban lighting and its significance. Masses of spectators were in attendance.

The Hasselt guerrilla lighting stunt was the responsibility of Jyväskylä’s City of Light coordinator Annukka Larsen. The lighting guerrillas were charity workers from different organisations.

Networking event aimed at lighting artists

On Saturday, October 19th lighting artists involved in the Nordic Light networking project gathered in Hasselt. In the course of the event 14 Nordic lighting artists presented their work.

- Engaging with others working in the field is the key to successful projects. It was a fruitful event and I left feeling very inspired, says Meeli Kõiva, one of the artists who took part in the event.

Materials from the Hasselt seminar

Photos for high-resolution download for use in conjunction with editorial content directly related to the Light in the City project. When using these photos, please credit the photographers / © City of Light Jyväskylä. Should you publish a photo, please send us a copy of the publication.

Photos from the Hasselt Guerrilla Lighting event.

Seminar presentations, Friday 18th October:

Hasselt Lighting Master Plan
Susanna Antico, Architect Lighting Designer, PLDA, APIL

Implementation of Hasselt’s Lighting Scheme
Jan Neyens, Asset Manager, Infrax

Smart Cities and Intelligent Lighting Systems
Koen Van Winkel, Marketing Manager Europe, Schreder

Pro-environment Urban Lighting
Annukka Larsen, Lighting Designer, PLDA, City of Jyväskylä

Educational workshops
Annukka Larsen, Lighting Designer, PLDA, City of Jyväskylä

For the lighting designs made at the workshop by Schréder please contact Key Account Manager Tom Daniëls at t.daniels[at]schreder.be

Project case: Äijälänranta housing area lighting, Annukka Larsen with project co-operators

Äijälänranta wooden poles
Sami Hämäläinen / Tehomet Valmont

Intelligent luminaire based lighting control system
Janne Korhonen / C2 Smartlight

Seminar presentations, Saturday 19th October:

Please find the names and contact details of the 14 Nordic lighting artists here.

11.10.2013

Guerrilla Lighting in Hasselt, Belgium

The phenomenon known as “Guerrilla Lighting” will transform the streets of Hasselt, Belgium for a fleeting moment. The Guerrilla Lighting march starts from Molenpoort on Friday 18th October at 21:30.

What is the aim of Guerrilla Lighting?

The idea, first realized in Manchester in 2006 by English lighting designer Martin Lupton, is intended to provoke a discussion about lighting design by providing a concrete example of what lighting can achieve. The objective of the event is to enjoy the light and raise a discussion on city lighting.

Nowadays it is possible to reach a comfortable and secure city environment and the implementation can be at the same time impressive and energy-efficient. Guerrilla team also promotes architectural lighting design as a profession and an important field of urban planning.

During the event, a group of people “occupy” the city's streets with powerful, hand-held lights according to a carefully conceived plan. Participants in the occupation are instructed on their role in the performance, and on the night, they proceed with hand-held lights and color filters to illuminate one building at a time, and only for a moment. Hasselt gets illuminated with the help of 50 volunteers.

Get ready for Guerrilla Lighting march!

Lighting designer Annukka Larsen from City of Jyväskylä, Finland has selected four targets for illumination. In each case, a horn is sounded and the building briefly illuminated. During that time, the spectacle is photographed and documented, and the pictures provided to the media right afterwards.

Guerrilla Lighting Event is organized by the City of Jyväskylä and the City of Hasselt. It is a part of the Light Festival by the City of Hasselt. Guerrilla event is a part of the international Light in the City conference and project funded by the Europe for Citizens programme. The project is led by the City of Jyväskylä with partners including the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, Hasselt in Belgium and the City of Tartu in Estonia.

The organizers offer a warm welcome to anyone wishing to join the march!

More information
Annukka Larsen, City of Jyväskylä, annukka.larsen[at]jkl.fi, tel. +358 40 740 4717

26.9.2013

The first Light in the City event only a few weeks away!

The first international lighting-branch seminar "Light in the City" will be arranged under Jyväskylä’s supervision from October 17th-19th, 2013 in the Belgian city of Hasselt.

Already 70 municipal decision-makers and lighting experts have registered for the event. Take a look at the program and sign up today.

Susanna Antico, one of the keynote speakers at the event, shares her thoughts with us.

What would you say to encourage people to attend Light in the City event?

The Light in the City event will be an important opportunity for deliberations and debate related to sustainable urban lighting among all the actors involved in the sector. Taking part means growing together and improving the quality of life in the city for the benefit of its residents and visitors.

Without giving too much away, what can you tell us about your keynote presentation?

The title of my presentation isHasselt Lighting Master Plan”. I’m proud to have designed the Lighting Masterplan for the city of Hasselt. This plan is a valuable instrument because it is an ambient lighting masterplan that reflects the wishes of the politicians who run the city, respects the needs of the population, the culture, the identity and the potentials of the place. The guidelines of the masterplan have been used by the public administration and Infrax to realize a number of projects that address functional, cultural, social and technological aspects of urban lighting.

How can cities become more sustainable, particularly in the field of outdoor lighting?

A cultural evolution in the knowledge and use of lighting is a must today. Sustainable development of cities today requires the understanding of the energetic impact and the influences of the effects of lighting. This is the framework for my vision of lighting design on a human scale. The meeting of Friday 18th October will offer seeds for more general thoughts related to energy savings and smart cities.

28.6.2013

Registration open for the Light in the City event in Hasselt!

Online registration is now open for the “Light in the City”, taking place from Thursday the 17th to the Saturday the 19th October 2013 in Hasselt, Belgium. It is the first international lighting branch conference organized in the framework of the Light in the City project, led by the City of Jyväskylä and funded by the EU programme “Europe for Citizens”. Click here for more information.

7.3.2013

Pre-programme of the first Light in the City event published

The pre-programme of the first Light in the City event has been published. The event will take place in the City of Hasselt October 17-19, 2013. Please find the event brochure here, registrations will open on the project website in June 2013.

15.2.2013

Eskilstuna lights up the abandoned `Tunafors Factories´

On the 23rd of January, approximately 30 government officials and lighting professionals of Eskilstuna threw light on the abandoned “Tunafors Factories” (Tunafors fabriker) located at the southern outskirts of Eskilstuna.By showcasing the area associated with its industrial past in a new light, the event aimed to inspire lighting professionals and others working in the field, as well as to raise citizens´ awareness of the environmental and scenic aspects of lighting.

The event, which was part of the Light in the City project aiming to raise awareness on energy efficiency in urban lighting within the framework of the `Europe for Citizens´ programme, was organized in cooperation with the City of Eskilstuna, City of Jyväskylä, Eskilstuna Energy & Environment and PEAB.

Karin Ermegård, Landscape Architect at the City of Eskilstuna and the person behind the event, tells us more about the event...

What was your inspiration for the event?

The event originated from the Light in the City project kick-off meeting which was held in Jyväskylä last autumn. We got inspired by the Guerrilla Lighting concept, which was introduced to us in the meeting. Jyväskylä also loaned us the equipment needed for the event, for which we are very thankful.

How was the area chosen?

'The Tunafors Factories' is an area with large, vacated factories. The area will be developed as a housing area in 2013 and we want to promote the use of light in redeveloping the area.

Are you satisfied with the event?

The event was a good way to inform the community about the Light in the City project and the upcoming Light in the City event, which will take place in Eskilstuna in the autumn of 2014. We are greatly satisfied with the interest expressed for the event. It attracted hundreds of people to explore the factory area, which is normally closed to the public.

More information on the website of the City of Eskilstuna.

18.11.2012

Jyväskylä launches new EU project Light in the City

LUCI newsletter 18, November 2012

A new two year European project on urban lighting, “Light in the City”, involving four cities, was launched this September under the Europe for Citizens programme aid scheme. The project is led by the City of Jyväskylä with partners including the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, Hasselt in Belgium and the City of Tartu in Estonia. LUCI will be involved in the project as a communication associate. Read more.

16.10.2012

The Ecodesign Directive

The Light in the City project aims to promote EU environment policy objectives, more specifically the objectives set in the Ecodesign Directive. Requiring the energy-using products to be more ecological, the Ecodesign Directive makes municipalities and cities rethink their lighting strategies inside out. The European Commission states that:

“The Ecodesign Directive provides with consistent EU-wide rules for improving the environmental performance of energy related products (ERPs) through ecodesign - brochure . It prevents disparate national legislations on the environmental performance of these products from becoming obstacles to the intra-EU trade. This should benefit both businesses and consumers, by enhancing product quality and environmental protection and by facilitating free movement of goods across the EU”. (Source: European Commission)

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