Public street lights play a fundamental role in our experience of the city at night, yet we rarely notice street lights themselves: the lighting masts, ‘furniture’, or the quality of the light.
Presented by King’s College London’s Joanne Entwistle, her colleagues from the Configuring Light Team at the LSE, and lighting designers at Speirs+Major (S+M), this talk will highlight the social relevance of public realm lighting for our experience of the city at night. It will focus on the importance of lighting for our way-finding and sense of safety and security, as well as the use of lighting to demarcate major landmarks that would otherwise be lost at night and to therefore help ‘brand’ the modern city.
The talk will be followed by a night walk around Aldwych and Westminster with two lighting designers, Satu Streatfield and Benz Roos from leading London lighting design firm S+M, to show the important ways in which different forms of street lighting affect our sense of
space and place. The streets of London tell the story of modern lighting, from gas lights (still in evidence in Pimlico) to sodium lighting and modern LEDs. This rich mosaic of different lighting technologies will be highlighted during the walk, and the relative qualities of light measured and described.
JENTWISTLE is a co-founder of ‘Configuring Light/Staging the Social’ and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries at King’s. She has published extensively on the sociology of fashion, dress and the body, and aesthetic markets and economies. Her forthcoming publications include: Fashioning Models: Image, Text, Industry, co-edited with Elizabeth Wissinger.
DON SLATER is a co-founder of ‘Configuring Light/Staging the Social’ and Associate Professor (Reader) in Sociology at the LSE. His current research builds on an extensive research and publishing record in the sociology of material culture and economic life, new media and digital culture and visual culture. His publications include: New Media, Development and Globalization: Making Connections in the Global South (2013).
BENZ ROOS is Design Associate at S+M. Benz studied Architectural Design at the Royal Art Academy, The Hague, and went on to study for a Masters in Architectural Lighting Design at the University of Wismar, Germany. He joined S+M in 2008, and became a Design Associate in 2016. Benz has worked on a number of projects, including heading up the design for ‘In Lumine Tuo…’, an animated light installation in Utrecht, which won the IALD’s Radiance Award in 2014.
SATU STREATFIELD is Design Associate at S+M. She leads the team specialising in urban design and lighting strategies and has worked on a variety of strategies for cities/areas including Bath, Derby and London’s West End, as well as public realm projects including Wharf Green in Swindon, Granary Square in King’s Cross, Channel 4’s Big 4, Lights over Kruunuvuorenranta in Helsinki and the ‘lighting overlay’ for LOCOG during the London 2012 Olympic Games.