Light has a major impact on our well-being, our moods and emotions, our perspectives, and our identities; it determines how we see the world around us. Light also has the ability to generate or reinforce a connection with a specific place, a quality that has become almost as important as simply making our environments visible. Therefore, dynamic, light-filled environments can be positive and powerful forces of urban renewal. They enliven our public spaces, increase activity, and create economic growth in the process.
Given these circumstances, and considering that urban spaces play a key role in social connections, are our public spaces really fine the way they are? Isn’t it time to reimagine blank spaces in cities where multitudes gather as open spaces for people? Bearing social trends in mind, can public spaces, both interior and exterior, be redesigned or reimagined so that the users play the leading roles and help to revitalize our communities? How can lighting improve the way the world works and how people live in it?
Even from a young age, we know to “use our senses” to investigate the world around us and to guide us through our
day-to-day lives. But our senses do more than just
identify the world around us: beyond simple perception, our senses play an integral role in our emotional processing, learning, and interpretation of our physical environment. On the other hand, it is well known that our environments generate and stimulate our emotions, whether as individuals or as a collective. Thus, there is a strong social and emotional connection between our senses and how we react to our surrounding environments. With this in mind, the ability to see light is the “dominating” sense that allows us to identify our surroundings.
But how can we use our other senses—touch, smell, hearing, and taste—to aid in this process? How can we design our public spaces to stimulate our senses, follow our social needs, and play a key role in allowing the users to reconnect with our environments and our communities? How can the lighting experience make people feel safe, comfortable, and focused, all while creating an energized and entertaining space? Participants’ projects will have to demonstrate how the relationship between sight (light) and the other chosen sense(s) is at the core of their design solution.
CLUE 04 competition launch
September 14, 2017
Deadline for project submittal
January 31, 2018, 23:59 (GMT-5)
Deadline for questions
January 15, 2018
Judging of proposals
February 27, 2018
Deadline for registration
January 30, 2018, 23:59 (GMT-5)
Publication of winners
March 8, 2018
Winners will be selected from all eligible submitted projects. Prizes will be awarded on merit by an international jury composed of professionals in the fields of design and urban planning. Prizes will be distributed as follows on the jury’s discretion.
The CLUE budget has a Travel Stipend to send the 1st prize winner to attend LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) - to be held in Chicago, USA, May 8—10, 2018 - in the amount of $2,000. If the laureate (or if a Team, one person to be selected) is available and able to attend the show they will need to follow the suggested travel reimbursement guidelines where an estimate is required after they have received their prize money.
CLUE will reimburse the winner of these travel costs – Air-fare, lodging and LFI registration - Laureate will then need to submit receipts of these estimated approved travel expenses in order to be reimbursed – Note that in no manner is CLUE prepaying or making any travel arrangements - The laureate will need to incur these travel costs and then submit for reimbursement after estimate approval.
Please be aware of traveling restriction in the U.S. before submitting your application. If you are to win the first prize, make sure you have the legal capacity to travel the U.S. to attend Lightfair 2018 in chicago. If this is not the case, you will be forfeiting this trip to the second prize winner, however, you will still win the monetary component of the prize.
José Manuel dos Santos
Head of design
Philips Lighting, Americas
José has over 25 years of experience in design and design management, an MA in industrial design from Central Saint Martins, and an Executive MA from Northwestern University. He began his career in Portugal in 1989 as an industrial designer, then founded and sold two product design companies in Europe, worked as a product Design Director in Barcelona, and led a large Internet company as Chief Design Officer. He has taught design to designers and in business schools, served as a juror in international design competitions, co-founded one of Europe’s fastest growing start-up accelerators, and co-hosted many design-related conferences. In 2011, he came to the United States and joined Masco as a Design Director. Finally, last year, he joined Philips Lighting as Head of Design – Americas. José is a designer, thought leader, and passionate entrepreneur!
IALD, IESNA, LC, Lighting Designer, President
Hugh Lighting Design, LLC
Peter A. Hugh is an award-winning designer who has been practicing architectural lighting design for over 25 years. He is the founder of Hugh Lighting Design, LLC, a company which reflects his philosophical conviction and belief in providing creative, dynamic spaces grounded within realities of project runs. He brings a particular attentiveness to the lighting of spaces for people, acknowledging their emotional ties to the space. He is actively involved with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He currently serves on the Marks Committee and as Vice Chair of the Hospitality Committee, and is also a member of the International Association of Lighting Designers.
As a multimedia director, Marie Belzil has a gift for shaping moments of collective awe. Throughout each project’s conception and creation, she mobilizes her team, infusing it with a collaborative spirit and pushing individuals to surpass themselves. Blurring the line between the tangible and virtual, she invites audiences into universes imbued with magic and emotion. Marie earned her BA in film production at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University. She has produced several documentaries and collaborated with Robert Lepage on his projection show The Image Mill. She joined Moment Factory in 2011, bringing with her an expertise at capturing a space’s soul and telling its story through an immersive experience. Pushing the limits of technology and storytelling, Marie has conceived some of Moment Factory’s most emblematic projects: the permanent installation at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Foresta Lumina, a night-illuminated pathway, recipient of the Thea Award. Her most recent projects at Moment Factory include the illumination of Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge and a collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal exploring generative multimedia visuals.
Architect & Professor
School of Design, UQAM
Sinisha Brdar is an architect and urban designer with over 20 years of experience in the field. Having previously thought at McGill, Harvard GSD and Université de Montréal, he is currently a professor at the Ecole de design UQAM in Montreal. Residing at the intersection of urbanism and politics, his current research focuses on the emerging paradigms of lite urbanism and the notion of urban catalyst. Sinisha holds degrees from the Université de Montréal and Harvard GSD, where he studied on a Fulbright Fellowship. In his professional career, he has worked with design firms in Canada and abroad, including Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Maccreanor Lavington, Daoust Lestage, and Nip Landscape.
University of Colorado Boulder
Sandra Vásconez is a senior instructor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. She obtained her Masters of Science in lighting from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After receiving her degree, she worked at the LRC as adjunct faculty, teaching graduate-level lighting courses and working as program manager. At the LRC, Sandra also was the principal investigator for several design and research projects. She later received a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Denver in art history and museum studies. Sandra is interested in lighting design and applications, human factors in lighting, and outreach education. Besides her work and interests in lighting, Sandra also has worked in museum exhibition design.
Director of design
Luma Lighting Design
Zach is the director of Luma Lighting Design and an associate principal with nearly 20 years of experience in architecture and lighting design. His formal training at the University of Kansas and the Copenhagen University College of Engineering was followed by professional experience with GLPM Architects and Pivot Architecture. He then acted as Director of Lighting Design at Glumac, and finally joined Luma in 2006. As a registered architect, Zachary has a unique perspective on lighting design that unites architectural form and materials with color, light, and shadow to produce harmonious spatial experiences that positively impact the planet.
Associate director & Lighting Designer
Jeff Shaw is a lighting designer and an Associate Director of Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd. He recently completed a year as President of the Society of Light & Lighting, part of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers. He has extensive experience working in multi-disciplinary teams on a wide range of building projects including commercial, retail, and residential developments as well as museums, theatres, and transport projects. These projects have been located in the UK and overseas and have included developing the lighting concept for the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games. Jeff currently leads a number of lighting design projects, including projects located in the UK, France, Asia, and the Middle East. Jeff plays an active role in promoting lighting design within the firm, in educating young designers and engineers in lighting, and in marketing the business externally. He has lectured architectural students at London Metropolitan University, University of Bath, and Berlin Technical University, and has appeared as a lighting expert on the BBC TV show, Mary Queen of Shops.