Envisioning the future of public lighting with citizens for upcoming technologies

Olli Heiskanen, Karthikeya Acharya

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Today’s cities yearn for new technological infrastructure to become cities of tomorrow. Sensor based intelligent street lighting by promising energy and financial savings are being provisioned to be a functional alternative to conventional street lighting. But involving citizens’ participation in planning such new urban infrastructure and its services is far from simple. In our project using constructive and user centred design research methods we engaged with city officials and citizens as users of public lighting to ideate the potential of future technologies interacting with public lighting. Through citizens’ participation, we explored possible applications in visioning urban environments with autonomous cars, Li-Fi and domestic energy storage, and how these upcoming technologies could have an impact on public lighting. With a synthesis of this process we present five potential urban environment characteristics when upcoming technologies reflexively interact with urban outdoor lighting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign for Next
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design Conference. Sapienza University of Rome, 12-14 April 2017, supplement of The Design Journal
EditorsLoredana Di Lucchio, Lorenzo Imbesi, Paul Atkinson
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-138-09023-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational European Academy of Design Conference - Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Duration: 12 Apr 201714 Apr 2017
Conference number: 12

Publication series

NameThe Design Journal
PublisherTaylor & Francis
NumberSupplement 1
ISSN (Print)1460-6925
ISSN (Electronic)1756-3062


ConferenceInternational European Academy of Design Conference
Abbreviated titleEAD
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  • Smart street lighting
  • Constructive Design Research
  • Citizen


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