The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) are looking to research and develop a better lighting concept for the Whitecross Street estate in Islington, North London.

The LSE’s centre for research cities is hosting a workshop in October, where lighting designers will spend a week working with residents to come up with a new design for the estate’s outdoor lighting. The LSE believe that social research among local communities can aid lighting design.

The designers that attend the workshop will be trained in social research methods and how to use the knowledge obtained, in their designs. A big part of this is getting to know the people the designs are for. Training will cover interviewing, observation, data analysis, mapping and how to use lighting demonstration and experiments

The project is being run by the Configuring Light research programme at LSE Cities, together with the Social Light Movement, a charitable network for lighting designers. iGuzzini provided luminaires for the workshop.

The results will be presented to Peabody the housing trust that runs the estate, feeding into plans to improve the outdoor environment on Peabody estates.

Project Manager, Mona Sloane, said to Lux:

So far we have had a very positive response and lots of interest from the lighting design world as well as architects and planners, and we would be delighted to host this workshop again.

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