Engaging communities with innovative public lighting – new CPD video series

by Professor Branka Dimitrijevic, Department of Architecture (Producer of the CPD course)

How is innovative lighting developed and applied through collaboration between architects and communities?

Energy efficient LED lights, ‘smart’ lighting controls and power over the IT network are innovative lighting and power distribution solutions which are being developed and tested by researchers at the University of Strathclyde.

As architects and lighting designers need to understand what innovative lighting solutions can do, the Department of Architecture (Faculty of Engineering) interviewed researchers at the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science who collaborate through the Intelligent Lighting Centre.

In part 1 of the video series 'Social Benefits of Innovative Lighting', we look at 'Smart and Sustainable Lighting'. Researchers explain and demonstrate latest innovations, and discuss current and anticipated future applications.

Public engagement in community projects contributes to the sense of ownership and appreciation of shared urban spaces. In part 2 of the series, Collective Architecture (an architectural practice based in Glasgow) presents several public lighting projects which have been designed in collaboration with local communities.

In total, eleven speakers have contributed to this course.

The topics are of interest to local authorities, planning consultants, architects, lighting designers and manufacturers, lighting engineers and researchers.

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Part 1

Dr Michael Grant

Dr Michael Grant, University of Strathclyde

Dr Michael Grant has been a member of the Department of Architecture since 1986. He initially held a post as a research fellow before being appointed to lecturer in 1989, senior lecturer in 2005 and he also held the position of Head of Department.

His research interests relate to the application of the Information Technologies to design problems in spaces, buildings and cities. He is the author of some 40 publications in books, journals, conference proceedings and technical reports.

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Prof Robert Martin

Prof Robert Martin, University of Strathclyde

Robert Martin is Professor of Nanoscience at Strathclyde’s Physics Department and Vice-Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Science.

He has worked extensively in semiconductor physics and in the application of optical and electron-beam spectroscopies and imaging, having co-authored over 250 refereed publications and three patents.

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Prof Peter Skabara

Prof Peter Skabara, University of Strathclyde

Pure and Applied Chemistry.

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Prof Skabara's presentation includes a lab demonstration by two students.

Dr Robert Atkinson

Dr Robert Atkinson, University of Strathclyde

Senior Lecturer in the Dept. Electronic and Electrical Engineering with interests in communications systems, internet of Things and information processing (analytics).

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Janet Milne, University of Strathclyde

Former Industrial Partnership Executive, Intelligent Lighting Centre (at time of filming)

About the Intelligent Lighting Centre


Part 2

Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart. Architect/Director, Collective Architecture Glasgow

Chris introduces the lighting projects by giving a brief history of how the water towers project came about - involving the local community and fellow designer from a local lighting firm. Samples of the media attention and awards are presented.

We then visit the water towers and the Titan Crane in Clydebank.

Cathy Houston. Architect. Collective Architecture Glasgow

Cathy visits the Carmyle Viaduct and describes the process of design and installation, involving children from the local schools.

We also visit the lighting installation at a high-rise development in Glasgow.

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Your Feedback

Your comments and questions related to the contents in both videos and suggestions for other online continuing professional courses related to architecture and urban planning are very welcome, and can be sent to Branka.Dimitrijevic@strath.ac.uk

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