Before & After. Photographer – James Newton / Image – Speirs + Major
Speirs + Major are pleased to announce that Principal Mark Major will be participating in a webinar, ‘Saving the Night’ as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2020. The webinar will focus on issues around public lighting in London with a particular emphasis on the river. It asks how we might redress the problems of over-lighting, light pollution and ecological impacts created by artificial light while improving the experience of the public realm after dark and supporting the night-time economy.
An expert panel comprised of Alex Lifschutz (Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands), Mark Major (Speirs + Major), Mathew Frith (London Wildlife Trust) and Don Slater (London School of Economics), chaired by design guru Stephen Bayley, will participate in a 45-minute online event consisting of a series of short presentations followed by Q&A.
Participant Mark Major said:
“The issue of over-lighting along London’s river has long been a topic for discussion. On the one hand, lighting plays a fundamental role in the rich, diverse and exciting visual experience that helps to shape the city’s attraction after dark. It also is essential in supporting the night-time economy and allowing over 1.6m* people to continue to use the city after dark for work. At the same time, we know that artificial light uses valuable energy and creates pollution, waste and ecological damage. We are also rapidly learning of the possible impact it may have on the well-being of those that live in the city, through problems of light spill. This webinar brings together a master planner and architect, a lighting designer, a sociologist and an ecologist, chaired by a well-known design commentator. We hope that it will prove an interesting opportunity to debate the issues around this most important topic. It should be fun as well as informative!”
*Think Night: London’s Neighbourhoods from 6 pm to 6 am – London Night Time Commission
The webinar will take place live on 18 June 2020, from 17:00 – 18:00. Register for free via the Eventbrite website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/saving-the-night-tickets-106097173502