Planning More Illuminated Cities

Special Program


Lighting art in downtown San José
Sonic Runway, artists Rob Jensen and Warren Trezevant, San José City Hall. Commissioned by the San José Office of Cultural Affairs. Image by Sergio Ruiz.

Is your night experience in cities poetic or fearful? Though architects and planners design the world around us primarily for the daytime hours, half of our lives are spent in the dark. Some individuals, such as culture lovers and clubbers, choose to go out at night, while others, like shift workers, must do so as part of their jobs. And let’s not forget the wintertime, when most of us experience cities after the sun sets early. However, regardless of the reasons that we traverse cities at night, well-designed illumination is vital to accessing our cities during these darkened hours. It connects us to fresh air and social interactions, while boosting local economies and augmenting safety and a sense of welcome. Join noted lighting urbanist Leni Schwendinger as she leads a panel of international lighting and urban design leaders to explore the perceptions, realities and creative possibilities of the city at night.

  • Moderator: Leni Schwendinger / Leni Schwendinger Light Projects
  • Johan Moritz / City of Malmö, Sweden
  • Ifeoma Ebo / Creative Urban Alchemy
  • Darlene Myrie / City of Richmond Hill
  • Toby Lewis / Left Hand Lighting LLC

Co-presented by ULI San Francisco and APA Northern California.

1.5 AICP CM credits are available for APA member attendees.

1 AIA learning unit is available for AIA member attendees.

 This program is generously sponsored by Comcast.

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