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: Adaptive Lighting, Mobile phone, and wind responsive street light these was tested against a base condition. Based on the observations we could conclude that people was seriously affected by the lighting, and during the adaptive lighting scenario people did catwalk, dance like behaviors, running in patterns changing the color of the light from red to white. We could further observe how people walked their dog in zig zag patterns and how people using the mobile phone as a remote control to the city lighting. Based on interviews and observations we can conclude that these interaction patterns are building a new mobile culture and we can see that these new interaction types strengthen the feeling of ownership. We could also se how people changed directions due the the behavior of the lighting and that over 90% of the people asked exhibited positive valued verbs when presented to wind sensitive responsive public lighting.

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, Münic
  • Poulsen E.S., Andersen H.J. & Jensen O.B. (2013) Responsive City Lighting: Perspectives From Architecture & the Public Lighting Industry, Workshop paper at CHI2013 Paris: Interactive City Lighting workshop; Paris

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

Responsive Urban Lighting: Kennedy

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