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 – Group 1 | Week 4 | Discussion with Master students

This week we had the review with Product Design Master students. We presented our  ideas and analysis before discussing their initial thoughts on what we are planning to achieve. Also this week, we had a first look at some of the

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 4 | Discussion with Master students

This week we had the review with Product Design Master students. We presented our  ideas and analysis before discussing their initial thoughts on what we are planning to achieve. Also this week, we had a first look at some of the

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 3 | Defining the Urban Strategy

This week we made the decision as to who the lighting will cater to and what the prime usage would be. Taking into consideration the functional light available on site already, we decided that the prime usage for our design

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 3 | Defining the Urban Strategy

This week we made the decision as to who the lighting will cater to and what the prime usage would be. Taking into consideration the functional light available on site already, we decided that the prime usage for our design

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 2 | Photos & initial ideas

After viewing the site, I was interested in the users that actually used and traveled through the site, from this I went back to the site to view the users of the site, I observed many people using the site

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 2 | Photos & initial ideas

After viewing the site, I was interested in the users that actually used and traveled through the site, from this I went back to the site to view the users of the site, I observed many people using the site

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 1 | Introduction to the site

To begin the project, we went on the site of Ashted Locks, to familiarise ourselves with the area. Analysis during this week can be categorised into three areas; the history of the site, its heritage and how it is used

Innovative Urban Lighting – Group 1 | Week 1 | Introduction to the site

To begin the project, we went on the site of Ashted Locks, to familiarise ourselves with the area. Analysis during this week can be categorised into three areas; the history of the site, its heritage and how it is used