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Smart Light for Placemaking
1 January 2021

Smart Light for Placemaking

GLOWlabs to experience – part of GLOW2021

Phase 4: Reflection (Nov 2020-Jan 2021)
An important conclusion is that with the right tools, people can work with light in a creative and nuanced way and they can reflect on it with depth. Participants demonstrate a preference for vertical lighting instead of the standard horizontal (path) lighting. Their motivations for this include better readability and experience of the surroundings, and a more inviting atmosphere for activities. People touched upon many aspects of Placemaking when reflecting on their light sketches. In multiple cases, people used less light than normally present, which points towards the possibility to save energy as well. All in all, it is worthwhile to take advantage of the new possibilities of shaping light, and to involve residents creatively in this process.

Phase 3: Light sketching sessions in the city (Sep-Dec 2020)
Using custom developed light sketching luminaires, we created lighting scenarios together with residents in their own street or neighbouring park. By sketching with light in real life in people’s own environment, and by reflecting on it on the spot, we discovered new possibilities of light that are relevant to specific places and people. Four Light Sketching sessions took place, with 4-9 participants of different demographics.

Phase 2: Design of light sketching luminaires (Jul-Aug 2020)
Merely talking about light does not bring us to the core of the matter. This is why we worked with real light in the actual context it is meant for. To this end, Philip Ross has designed and built ‘Light Sketching Luminaires’: Streetlights that enable people to create a large variation of lighting scenes in terms of light distribution, colour and dynamics. This Light Sketching system also includes an intuitive tablet interface that makes creating lighting scenes as easy as finger painting. Students of Fontys Delta create an additional interface based on gesture interaction for GLOW.

Phase 1: Location research (Mar-Jun 2020)
The project started with location research in three spots in the city, slected together with the municipality of Eindhoven: one residential area and two parks. 

1. The Anne Frank Plantsoen (evening observations and interviews, resulting in PACT analyse (People, Activities, Context & Technologies).
2. The Irisbuurt (observations, interviews)
3. The Stadswandelpark (observations, interviews and Context Mapping, in collaboration with students of the TU/e Master Human Technology Interaction. Because of Corona measures, the interviews in March are conducted online.


This project is an initiative of Philip Ross (Studio Philip Ross) in collaboration with Indre Kalinauskaite (TU/e ID), Antal Haans and Elke den Ouden (TU/e Intelligent Lighting Institute), Fontys Delta and GLOW Eindhoven. The project is supported by gemeente Eindhoven and co-funded by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.