Our Whitecross Estate was the venue for an illuminating workshop uncovering new ways of lighting up urban environments.

Local residents recently joined a group of 25 international lighting professionals, architects, planners and designers for "Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes".

WhitecrossWhitecross Estate is in Islington

This was a series of interactive events and workshops, aiming to improve lighting designs for the outdoor spaces on Whitecross Estate.

Whitecross3Residents were invited to play with light and test lighting fittings, and to explain their lighting needs to the design teams

The workshops culminated with a symposium at the London School of Economics (LSE). The final design concepts were presented to residents and a panel including renowned lighting master planner Roger Narboni and Brian Quinn, Advisor at the Design Council.

"It was an experience I was thrilled to be able to share with my daughter, friends and community," said Marianne, a Whitecross resident.

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We'll use the lighting principles for future estate improvements

"Until you’ve spoken to the people that live, work, pass through, care for or avoid a place you’ll only paint half a picture," said Satu Streatfield, Design Associate at Speirs and Major. "Everybody had an interesting story to tell and something to contribute to our thinking.” 

The project was organised by LSE Cities’ Configuring Light programme, in partnership with our IMPROVE project and the Social Light Movement

"Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes" will be documented in a short film and an exhibition taking place at the LSE in February 2015. It was funded by LSE HEIF5 and supported by iGuzzini.


*Photos from Catarina Heeckt, LSE