RESPONSIVE URBAN LIGHTING is a series of experiments conducted as part of my PhD. conducted in 2012 at AD:MT, Aalborg University, Denmark.

When we know how people are using space, then how can we make  space adapt in a beautiful way? And by doing so would we then be able to improve the energy performance and the efficiency up to 90%? 

The Kennedy experiment was the first 1:1 experiment that introduced a series of three different responsive light designs: light aura, treasure hunt & smoulder these  was tested against a base condition. Based on the observations we could conclude that people embedded in the lighting did not change the overall behavior pattern based on the responsive light control. However we could observe a series of people who stopped on the edge of the square pointing towards others  moving inside the occupancy responsive lighting. We could also observe how the White Aura (light in 10 meter around the person) used 90% less power then the normal lighting, without causing distractions to the passersby.

How can we design beautiful, interesting, engaging types of responsive lightings and public environments? and which design methods can architects use in the exploration of this new smart paradigm of design?

Responsive Urban Lighting is an interdisciplinary research forum, which search to develop new knowledge in the overall responsive lighting of the  so-called Smart City. We are interested in the exploration of new design techniques and methodologies that qualify illumination performance in the intelligent environments. The responsive lighting paradigm presents new challenges to the design as well as to the engineering of the near future responsive light solutions. The work thereby span the exploration and application of new technologies, methodological innovations related to these, as well as the development of theories and explanatory models to enhance the understanding of these technologies and their societal importance and impact.

The work is published at international conferences:

  • Skouboe E.B. Morrison A., Andersen H.J. Jensen O.B. (2013) Responsive Lighting: “The city becomes alive”, ACM HCI Conference, Münich, Germany
  • Poulsen E.S., Andersen H.J., Jensen O.B., Gade R., Thyrrestrup T. & Moeslund T.B. (2012) Controlling Urban Lighting by Human Motion Patterns results from a full Scale Experiment. ACM Multimedia 2012 . 20. udg. Nara, Japan
  • Poulsen, E.S., Andersen H.J. & Jensen, O.B. . (2012) Full Scale Experiment with Interactive Urban Lighting. DIS: Workshop on Designing Interactive Lighting, 2012 Newcastle, Britain.
  • Poulsen E.S. & Andersen H.J.(2012) Reactive Light Design in the ‘laboratory of the street’ Synthetic Digital Ecologies, ACADIA 2012. Vol. 32 1. udg. 2012, 2012. s. 333-342.

Thanks for the collaboration:
Professor Hans Jørgen Andersen
Professor Ole B. Jensen
Professor Thomas B. Moeslund
Phd. Student Rikke Gade
Assistant Tobias Thyrrestrup
Assistant Anders Jørgensen

Responsive Public Lighting: Gl. Torv

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