Broad Museum, Los Angeles by Arup Lighting UK, winner of darc award best interior high budget scheme. Pic: Hufton + Crow
Our darc thoughts lectures are part of a comprehensive programme tackling lighting design, technology, sustainability and architecture.
See the full programme below.
All talks are free for registered visitors and seats are on a first come first served basis but you can register your interest by hitting the I WANT TO GO TO THIS! button.
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Thursday 21st September
Eoin Billings (UK)
Founding partner, Billings Jackson Design
where next for the internet of things?
Billings’ urban and transport design experience – particularly of wayfinding systems – has given him an understanding of the importance of creating a coherent journey, prioritising user comfort and ease of use. And as an expert in the field of Solid State Lighting and digital controls, Billings is fascinated with integrating technology to create truly responsive environments.
Working as he does across the construction industry – with architects on one hand and manufacturers on the other – gives Billings an unusually broad perspective, a highly strategic approach and an extensive network of collaborators. These factors mean he is well placed to react to the developing potential of the Internet of Things.
Nick Durrant (UK)
Transformations take time. When new products come into the world we tend to define them in terms of what came before. For example: the Horseless Carriage. Over time, if they are important, and basically indispensable, they develop a character of their own and we begin to compare them to each other. Once in a while, products fully, truly capture our collective imaginations. The result is entirely new industries, thousands of derivative products, fundamentally new behaviours and the potential for lots of cash. So where are we on this timeline with respect to ‘the internet of things’? Nick Durrant will take us on a journey through some of these patterns to assess their significance for today and tomorrow.
Nat Roberton (UK)
Programme manager, Bristol Legible City Project
technology infrastructure in urban planning
With a background in urban design, city planning and architecture, Nat Roberton is well placed to discuss the impact of technology on urban planning. Bristol Legible City was the first project of its kind and is a unique and innovative concept to improve people’s understanding and experience of the city through the implementation of identity, information and transportation projects. The project has since inspired similar projects nationally and internationally. Nat is currently working on two development projects – an intelligent infrastructure project that is integrating sensor and communication technology into legible city street furniture and a user-centred mapping project using citizen-generated data.
Stephen Elliott (UK)
Founder, Llama Digital
digital user experiences driven by smart lighting
Stephen’s lecture will discuss Proximity Services in Museums, and in particular the recent collaboration between Llama Digital and Xicato at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL in London. It will explore what is possible now, and look at some of the ways that mobile apps may work with Smart lighting in the not too distant future.
Friday 22nd September
Daniel Stromborg (USA)
Associate, Product Design Practice Area Leader, Gensler
from the macro to micro, how voice and vision is translated
Having forged a successful career as a furniture designer, learning from the likes of Richard Holbrook and Don Chadwick, Daniel Stromborg joined Gensler in 2014 as the Southwest Region’s Director of Product Design. He is now a global Practice Area Leader, having applied his insights and industry experience to inspire design teams to translate Gensler’s voice and vision into tangible products for workplace and lifestyle environments. Over the last twelve months Stromborg has turned his attention to luminaires, leading the teams responsible for the design of the new MellowLight from Zumtobel as well as the ZEDGE and the Durastrip Emotions Collection from Targetti. Stromborg will discuss the intricacies of luminaire product design and will highlight the differences between this and his furniture work.
Kerem Asfuroglu (UK)
Lighting designer, Speirs + Major
Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night,’ wrote the poet Rupert Brooke. 21st century London shines bright on the surface, but the roots of its diverse character can still be found buried deep in the night. London is a constant juxtaposition of the future and the past – much like its contrasting duality in day and night. Explore London’s dark side through the eyes of its part-time owner – the nightwalker. Kerem Asfuroglu is a lighting designer at Speirs + Major with a particular interest in darkness and cities at night. He is the creator of Dark Source – inspirational short stories (published in mondo*arc magazine) which question our relation with light from a darker perspective.
Dean Skira (Croatia)
Founder & lighting designer, Skira
concrete, steel, light and emotions
Dean Skira will be discussing the cultural aspects of lighting design in his talk ‘Concrete, Steel, Light and Emotions’. Dean is the founder of Skira, an award-winning practice based in Pula, Croatia with projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Canada and the UK. For the past 30 years, he has been building and creating mostly with intangible forms while working with investors, architects and designers to create meaningful lighting experiences. In 1986 he relocated to the United States to study lighting design and interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY. In 1990 he established his first lighting design practice in the United States before returning to Croatia in 1995.
Daan Roosegaarde (Netherlands)
Founder, Studio Roosegaarde
landscapes of the future
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde presents ‘Landscapes of the Future’, highlighting his innovative practice which merges people, technology and space to create a better world. Virtual floods, smart highways and smog sucking towers; Roosegaarde pulls technology out of the screens to examine and activate solutions to improve daily life in urban environments. In his interactive talk, Roosegaarde explores the social role of design, the importance of “Schoonheid” (a Dutch word meaning both beauty and cleanliness) along with his vision for the future. As the new ‘hippie with a business plan’ to quote the New York Times, Roosegaarde has been selected as a creative change maker by Forbes and Good 100 and is a young global leader of the World Economic Forum.
Tapio Rosenius (Finland / Spain)
Founder, Lighting Design Collective
Tapio Rosenius is a Finnish designer, innovator, artist and an entrepreneur. He works with light as a medium for architectural collaborations, digital interventions, product innovation and art. His work seeks to create tangible connection between artificial light, digital futures, biomimetics and the human experience. His talk will explore the use of light as a two way window between the digital and the physical worlds. It is the ubiquitous layer leading us into the cyberphysical environments already here and now. Topics such as anticipatory architecture, ambient communication and surface as a service will be explored. Tangible real life examples and learnings from EU funded research program will be introduced.
Saturday 23rd September
Felix Hallwachs (Germany)
CEO, Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun
can art change the world? how olafur eliasson’s little sun solar project is connecting people and sharing light
Rebecca Weir (UK)
Founder & Creative Director, Light IQ
a room without light is like a day without shadow
Rebecca Weir explores the challenges of creating a beautiful home through the medium of light. Rebecca’s passion for lighting and her ability to harness and maximise the creative potential of light has led to the successful completion of over 1400 award-winning residential and commercial projects worldwide. Rebecca’s recent book; ‘’The Languages Of Light’’ is stated by The Vice President of The Institute Of Lighting Professionals as… “an intelligent and beautiful exploration of the transformative power of light”.
Flynn Talbot (Australia)
Lighting artist & designer
story, colour, light
Flynn Talbot creates lighting installations and commissioned pieces for galleries and unique buildings along with innovative lighting products for serial production. His starting point is always the same for each project. He begins with the consideration of the ‘light effect’ and constructs each project around it. Every decision and detail is made with the quality of light and user connection in mind. This method creates a timeless quality and a strong point of difference in his work. Talbot will discuss going beyond form, material and technology to look for greater meaning in his installations. How he uses a balance of narrative, colour and light to connect with his audience and will show some insights into his latest work Reflection Room at the V&A, being exhibited during London Design Festival 2017.
Paul Nulty (UK)
Founder & lighting designer, Nulty
the darc art of retail lighting
Paul Nulty discusses the tips and tricks that retailers and retail lighting designers use to enhance the retail experience and improve customer expenditure. Nulty is a nimble yet mighty architectural lighting design practice, with a healthy selection of awards and a diverse roster of clients across the commercial, hospitality, residential and retail sectors. Founder Paul Nulty started his career within the lighting design industry 18 years ago. In 2006 FX Magazine named him one of the top six young lighting designers to watch, and in May 2011 Paul proved them right by setting up his own practice.