Category Archives: Innovative Urban Lighting

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PROJECT PARTNER: Phillips Lighting
STUDENT GROUPS: BA (Hons) Product Design, MArch Architecture
PROJECT TYPE: Product development, design feasibility, installation

There is a tendency for lighting codes and regulations to concentrate on the level of illumination required to satisfy the needs of vision. The level is clearly important, but this alone ignores our needs for the overall perception of a space.
– Derek Phillips (2000) Lighting Modern Buildings. Oxford: Architectural Press.

This project explores the way that artificial lighting is incorporated into the public realm. Early analysis of existing public realm forms the basis of developing an outline design concept for the space. This outline concept will provide the background against which designs for artificial lighting proposals will be developed. Conventionally artificial lighting is provided by recognizable elements of street furniture (lamp posts, bollards, etc): this project explicitly seeks to examine alternative ways of lighting the public realm at night time.

Working with existing products manufactured by Philips Lighting, student groups speculate how lighting can be integrated into the design of the a stretch of the Fazeley Canal in Eastside, Birmingham. A range of functional issues needs to be addressed, including security of users of the space, adequacy of lighting to see the ground surface and resistance of lighting to tampering or vandalism. Artificial lighting can also provide visual delight and this quality is explored alongside the pragmatic requirements of the brief.

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 9 Group 2: Water jet cutting the bat

Ayesha had been working on the new bat design which was water jet cut from 1mm aluminium being conscious of weight, forming, the environment and cost. With the tolerance of the water jet cutter not being as fine as the

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 9 Group 2: Water jet cutting the bat

Ayesha had been working on the new bat design which was water jet cut from 1mm aluminium being conscious of weight, forming, the environment and cost. With the tolerance of the water jet cutter not being as fine as the

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 9 | Development using a computer model

We started the session with experimenting with an external structure to our product, we used cardboard to incase the product, we considered an internal structure but wanted to reference the woof off the lock gates in our product. There are

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 9 | Development using a computer model

We started the session with experimenting with an external structure to our product, we used cardboard to incase the product, we considered an internal structure but wanted to reference the woof off the lock gates in our product. There are

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 5 Group 2 – BATS

In the lead up to this week, we discussed many different design options for our installation. We had decided upon a suspended lighting display, hung between Curzon B and University Locks. We had thought about using the murmuration of starlings

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 5 Group 2 – BATS

In the lead up to this week, we discussed many different design options for our installation. We had decided upon a suspended lighting display, hung between Curzon B and University Locks. We had thought about using the murmuration of starlings

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 6 Group 2 – Laser cut bats and light study

After making the cardboard bats the previous week, we concluded that bats with a pattern cut out would not only keep the weight down, but could potentially cast interesting patterns on the ground and canal with the sunlight. I designed

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 6 Group 2 – Laser cut bats and light study

After making the cardboard bats the previous week, we concluded that bats with a pattern cut out would not only keep the weight down, but could potentially cast interesting patterns on the ground and canal with the sunlight. I designed

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 8 Group 2 – Color Palette

In the week 8, we start to discuss the color of light. If all the bats are white, the whole look of light might quite boring, so we try to pick three different colors for the bats. The picture below

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 8 Group 2 – Color Palette

In the week 8, we start to discuss the color of light. If all the bats are white, the whole look of light might quite boring, so we try to pick three different colors for the bats. The picture below

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 4 Group 2 – Presentation to Product Design MA students.

The only real poorly lit area was underneath the bridge. Taking on board what the Canal and River Trust said regarding not having fittings on the bridge itself we decided that LED lights under the hand rail would be more

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 4 Group 2 – Presentation to Product Design MA students.

The only real poorly lit area was underneath the bridge. Taking on board what the Canal and River Trust said regarding not having fittings on the bridge itself we decided that LED lights under the hand rail would be more

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 6 Group 2 – Section Model

At the end of last week discussion, we decided to do the light design which can on the top of the canal and link the Curzon building and University Locks. In order to provide an interesting effect in the daytime,

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 6 Group 2 – Section Model

At the end of last week discussion, we decided to do the light design which can on the top of the canal and link the Curzon building and University Locks. In order to provide an interesting effect in the daytime,

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 8 | Development of acrylic model

We analysed the card board model and  made the changes that where necessary  in order to move on to the first laser cut 1 -1 model we changed the dimensions and the angles of the product and finalised it AutoCad.

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 8 | Development of acrylic model

We analysed the card board model and  made the changes that where necessary  in order to move on to the first laser cut 1 -1 model we changed the dimensions and the angles of the product and finalised it AutoCad.

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 7 Group 2 – Animation

As part of the group presentation to Philips I made an animation of the bats using the cross section which Adam made, and bat ‘paintbrushes’ made on photoshop  manipulated to make them look like they were in flight. Unlike a

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 7 Group 2 – Animation

As part of the group presentation to Philips I made an animation of the bats using the cross section which Adam made, and bat ‘paintbrushes’ made on photoshop  manipulated to make them look like they were in flight. Unlike a

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 2 Group 2 – Canal & River Trust Visit

After establishing the maintenance of the canals were the responsibility of the Canal and River Trust we though it would be advantageous to visit their office and askabout planning permission and potential lighting restrictions  (JL)

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 2 Group 2 – Canal & River Trust Visit

After establishing the maintenance of the canals were the responsibility of the Canal and River Trust we though it would be advantageous to visit their office and askabout planning permission and potential lighting restrictions  (JL)

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 1 Group 2 – Site Visit

Monday 8th January, We identified our site as Ashted locks, situated between the Curzon Building and University Locks student accommodation. Some of our observations from the site were that the overflows from the canal were quite large and offered a

Innovative Urban Lighting Week 1 Group 2 – Site Visit

Monday 8th January, We identified our site as Ashted locks, situated between the Curzon Building and University Locks student accommodation. Some of our observations from the site were that the overflows from the canal were quite large and offered a

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 7 | Presentation to Philips

This week we had our first presentation to Philips and the MA product design students, to show our development of the product so far. The main comments after the presentation were: Vandalism: If the light is going to be next

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 7 | Presentation to Philips

This week we had our first presentation to Philips and the MA product design students, to show our development of the product so far. The main comments after the presentation were: Vandalism: If the light is going to be next

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 6 |Development of lighting shape

We started week 6 by looking into different forms for the lighting housing, here are some of the designs below. From this we talked about pros and cons of each design, it became clear that design 3 matched the gradient

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 6 |Development of lighting shape

We started week 6 by looking into different forms for the lighting housing, here are some of the designs below. From this we talked about pros and cons of each design, it became clear that design 3 matched the gradient

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 5 | Product development

On week 5 we started looking at different forms for our product, we looked back at our references, and into the use of bollard like structures, that could house an acrylic box on top of it to house our lighting

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 5 | Product development

On week 5 we started looking at different forms for our product, we looked back at our references, and into the use of bollard like structures, that could house an acrylic box on top of it to house our lighting