Urban Lighting Labs
Urban Lighting Labs – a Citizen Science Approach
ENLIGHTENme actively involves citizens in generating new knowledge and understanding with genuine science outcomes regarding the relationships between urban lighting, health and wellbeing. To this end, the project adopts a co-design approach to research and innovation in the three chosen target districts, implemented through the establishment of an Urban Lighting Lab (ULL) in each of the three districts of the ENLIGHTENme cities.
The ULLs support this citizen science approach and bring together citizens and local stakeholders, as well as city officials, before, during and after the one-year study period. ULLs are set up as multi-purpose, providing a district base from which to:
Build public engagement and understanding of light and health issues, and build community networks through both discussions and public events such as night walks and lighting installations. ULLs will also provide fora in which community stakeholders can engage with each other, experts from the project and policy makers from their city.
Carry out research throughout the intervention period through interviews, focus groups, panels for periodic interviews.
Provide organisational bases for co-design with stakeholders: discussion groups, workshops, public consultations, display of design ideas for innovative lighting implementations. Central to this process will be two main kinds of workshops:
- innovative co-mapping through district community ‘night walks’, urban audits, ‘guerrilla lighting’ and interactive lighting installations in local streets and public spaces.
- lighting solutions workshop during which the community will be introduced to different kinds of interventions, helping to tailor such solutions in their own district and homes using visualisations, prototypes and simulations.