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Bright Lights, Big City: urban-lighting projects that dazzle

Bright Lights, Big City: urban-lighting projects that dazzle | green streets | Scoop.it
As well as ensuring that streets and public spaces are safe and attractive, one of the key concerns of city planners today is reducing energy consumption. For this reason, the evolution of energy-efficient lighting technologies such as LEDs has had a huge influence on the latest generation of street lights. The Rama LED from Spanish design brand Santa & Cole illustrates how the introduction of cutting-edge light sources enhances the performance of these products. Originally designed by Gonzalo Milá in 2000, the updated LED version provides a direct light that minimises light pollution and can be controlled accurately. Like other LED street lamps, it also has an impressive longevity of over 60,000 hours, meaning minimal maintenance is required.
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How LEDs Will Make Or Break The Skylines Of Global Cities

How LEDs Will Make Or Break The Skylines Of Global Cities | green streets | Scoop.it

LED lighting is transforming skylines all over the world—and architects, city governments, and urban denizens should take note. These illuminated nightscapes promise a new worldwide arena where global cities will compete for recognition.


It's a gradual trend that has reached a fever pitch in recent months. Recent articles from the New York Times and NY1 discuss the LED-ification of two of New York City's landmark skyscrapers: the Empire State Building and the Helmsley Building. Why the intensifying deployment of these powerful lighting systems? Well, for starters, LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are energy-efficient, long-lasting, increasingly affordable, and easily controlled by computer programs. Architecturally, these little lights can significantly change a building's nighttime character, transforming shadowy forms into immaculate performances of infinite color and vivacity...

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ParadigmGallery's comment, August 2, 2013 1:44 PM
I grew up in the "lighting industry" so I was particularly interested in this story. The absolut best part of it is the comments/interaction...Duilio Passariello and Zachary Edelson the author...
Linus Ridge's comment, August 15, 2013 3:41 AM
A really interesting article.
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City Lights: Urban Design, Lighting & Safer, More Accessible Public Spaces

City Lights: Urban Design, Lighting & Safer, More Accessible Public Spaces | green streets | Scoop.it

Lighting designers are applying the skills of their profession to further the goals of urban design, creating safer, more stimulating, and better functioning cities.


Cities rarely stand still. It is in their nature to evolve, expand, and, in some cases, contract. Whichever way they go, cities are always reinventing themselves, often one neighborhood at a time. Outdoor lighting can be a crucial part of this metamorphosis. Across the U.S., urban regeneration projects are stimulating activity in derelict infrastructure, defunct waterfronts, neglected plots of land, and dilapidated buildings. Though not completely erased, the use of fluorescent tubes and glaring security lights has been scaled back and in their place is a growing appreciation for sensitive, appropriate, and considered lighting.

The arbiters of this decades-long shift are lighting designers. Their role in improving conditions to make safer, more accessible cities is increasingly key to urban design...

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Norm Miller's curator insight, May 26, 2013 11:58 AM

Good even lighting and people make places safer.  Its that simple. 

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Creating a City-Wide Energy Internet: A new study on urban infrastructure

Creating a City-Wide Energy Internet: A new study on urban infrastructure | green streets | Scoop.it

A new research study addresses the issue of the expanding populations in cities, and provides a solution for adapting urban infrastructure for the needs created by increased density and growth.


Drawing our attention to one core idea that can make our cities more liveable for good, ‘The Time Is Right for Connected Public Lighting Within Smart Cities‘, is a study that looks into the key concepts of urbanization but applies them to a specific context of “an intelligent, networked public lighting infrastructure”. The study dissects the current issues well, reminding us that the urbanization pattern across the world leads to an obviously problematic upswing in energy and resource demand, which in turn threatens the strong identities (inter-city competition and economic performance) that cities across the planet are attempting to shape and maintain.


The solution, according to the report, is the deployment of highly efficient connectivity within cities whether that be information, operational or communication systems – the solution is required urgently. It seems clear that connecting lighting infrastructures will minimize a city’s resource intake, reduce its carbon footprint and make it more resilient and future-proofed. The ripple effects of better lighting systems in cities include safer and more liveable streets (less crime, more appealing urban space and better road safety) and adds to a city’s pull factors for multi-national organisations and tourism...

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Green Lights On Stamford Streets

Green Lights On Stamford Streets | green streets | Scoop.it

In Stamford, Conn., they’re taking green to the streets in the form of energy-efficient LED streetlights, which are set to replace more than a thousand high-pressure sodium streetlights in the city’s main corridors. This green retrofit is expected to save the city more than $146,000 per year.

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Europe's Longest Pedestrian Bridge Beautifully Illuminates Sweden's Sölvesborg Bay

Europe's Longest Pedestrian Bridge Beautifully Illuminates Sweden's Sölvesborg Bay | green streets | Scoop.it

In Sweden, a series of undulating arches, brightly lit by fuchsia-tinted LED lights, dance across the Sölvesborg Bay. From a distance, the structure could be mistaken for the Loch Ness Monster's mysterious glowing cousin, but these massive illuminated vaults actually support Europe's longest pedestrian bridge.

Spanning 2,480 feet—that's nearly half a mile!—the Sölvesborg Bridge was designed by Swedish design firm Ljusarkitektur in collaboration with lighting company Lumenpulse to connect the small town of Sölvesborg with a new housing district across the bay.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, January 30, 10:59 AM

We love city icons.

Duane Craig's curator insight, January 31, 11:18 AM

Lighting up bridges seems to be in vogue.

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Elegant Installation Brings Bright Lights and WiFi to a Public Plaza in South Korea

Elegant Installation Brings Bright Lights and WiFi to a Public Plaza in South Korea | green streets | Scoop.it

The Communication Hut by Herreros Arquitectos is hung from three poles placed beyond its floating amoeba-like ring, and sits in the trees scattered through one of South Korea’s public squares. At all times of day, the ring emits WiFi signals to encourage occupation of the space, while at night it glows to provide a feeling of safety.


The Communication Hut encourages the public to use the space as an outdoor living room. By providing a relatively unobstructed ground plane, the occupants of the space can see friends from afar and children can play safely. The suspended structure, then, gives the site its boundaries, suggesting an enclosed space where sitting and stopping is welcomed. The Communication Hut is a subtle yet effective intervention in the workings of the city...

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Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations

Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations | green streets | Scoop.it

During the darkest time of the year, a vibrant festival of light and water enlivens Amsterdam.


Comprised of spectacular light sculptures, LED decorations on bridges, fiery boat parades and huge projections on public buildings, the festival brings together people in the often idyllic historic capital. Amsterdam's Light Festival is an initiative of Henk Jan Buchel, Vincent Horbach and Felix Guttmann together with Rogier van der Heiden—chief designer at Philips Lighting – this brilliant street party has a strong focus on innovation, design and sustainable lighting.

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City Touch | Livable Cities

City Touch | Livable Cities | green streets | Scoop.it
By 2030 over 5 billion people will live in urban areas, resulting in larger, busier cities. City planners and architects around the world are working hard to produce innovative solutions to meet the future demands of city living.

Drawing on more than 100 years of experience in lighting, Philips has created CityTouch: an online outdoor lighting management system that enables dynamic, intelligent and flexible control on a city-wide scale. It provides light precisely when, where and in the right amount needed. When combined with LED lighting, City Touch can achieve up to 70% savings in energy and up to 70% in maintenance costs compared to conventional lighting...

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Rethinking the way cities use artificial light | SmartPlanet

Rethinking the way cities use artificial light | SmartPlanet | green streets | Scoop.it
Is a brightly-lit city a beacon for prosperity? In the 21st century, more intelligent ways to use light may be the hallmark of the cutting edge.
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