‘Saving the Night’ webinar

June 12 2020 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Mark 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, chaired by design guru Stephen Bayley and comprising speakers Alex Lifschutz (Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands), Mark Major (Speirs + Major), Mathew Frith (London Wildlife Trust) and Don Slater (London School of Economics), will participate in a 45-minute online event consisting of a series of short presentations followed by Q&A.

The webinar will take place live ‪on 18 June 2020, from 17:00 – 18:00‬, register here via Eventbrite now!

Lightecture “The Urban Nightscape” edition guest edited by Mark Major is released

December 18 2019 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Inspiration | Press
We were excited to receive copies of Lightecture's "The Urban Nightscape" edition today, which has been guest edited by Principal Mark Major.

As well as guest editing the edition, Mark contributed an article, Paradigm Shift, to the magazine as well as interviewing Roger Narboni and writing about our virtual reality experience Third Age of Light. Other contributors include Helen Marriage, Founder and Director of Artichoke; Kaoru Mende, Founder of Lighting Planners Associates; Bob Parks, Executive Director at Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance; and Don Slater, Associate Professor in Sociology at the London School of Economics.
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Mark Major RDI is announced as Master

November 29 2019 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Awards | Education
Mark Major RDI has assumed the role of Master of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry, taking over from previous Master Tristram Carfrae RDI at a ceremony at the Royal Society of Arts last night. Mark was made an RDI in 2012 for his ‘innovative use of light to create public space’.

Mark’s appointment to this highly prestigious position in the design community recognises the widening and evolving scope of design professions that have both aesthetic value and are of benefit to society. He is hugely honoured and views the role as a great opportunity to act as an ambassador for the architectural lighting profession, and to promote the importance of socially and environment responsible design and design education.

Read more about the Royal Designers for Industry here.
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Mark speaks at LEDforum

August 12 2019 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Mark will be speaking on “Stability, utility and light: Revisiting the principles of architectural lighting” at the 10° LEDforum in São Paulo, Brazil on 15 August.
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Mark to speak at RSA ‘Friday Conversations’

June 24 2019 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events | Inspiration
Mark will be giving a talk at Rawthmells at the RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ next Friday 28th June at 13.00. The talk is part of the RSA’s regular ‘Friday Conversations’.

The Third Age of Light – future or fantasy?
The RSA is currently hosting a small travelling interactive VR ‘experience’ named ‘Third Age of Light’ which speculates how our cities, and in particular London, may be illuminated in the near future. The experience examines a series of themes related to current and upcoming trends and technologies. Mark's talk with focus on urban lighting as the background to the project and will also specifically address a number of innovative ideas contained within the VR show.

Mark to give talk at Norwich University of the Arts

January 30 2019 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Mark will be joining Architecture and Interior Design students tomorrow at Norwich University of the Arts for an afternoon of workshops and lectures, before delivering a talk in the evening which is open to the public.

Titled "The Art of Darkness", the lively, illustrated talk will focus on light, darkness and architecture with reference to the innovative work we do.

The talk will be held in St Andrews Building at 6.30pm tomorrow, Thursday 31st January. All are welcome!

Mark announced as ‘Master Elect’

November 30 2018 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Awards | Education | Team
It was announced at the RDI Address 2018, Royal Society of Arts (RSA), London last night that Mark Major RDI has become the 'Master Elect' of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry. He will assume the position of 'Master' from November 2019.
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One Sun

October 06 2017 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Inspiration
Our world is rapidly becoming overpopulated and its resources overstretched. Some day in the near future the Earth’s ability to sustain life may be compromised to the point that we will be forced to leave - a mass migration. This will open up many new possibilities, among which will be a new relationship between ourselves and the Sun.

Speirs + Major’s installation ‘One Sun’ is a simple light based structure which explores and challenges this future relationship with the Sun.

Based on footage from the NASA Curiosity Rover on Mars, the sunset on Mars is recognisable but extraordinary. This prompts the question “What would sunlight feel like on another planet?” In the images, the sunlight appears in some ways familiar, yet more distant than we are used to, invoking enforced displacement and a feeling of 'sad sunlight'.

‘One Sun’ uses a common source of light (a ‘Sun’) in a simple back-to-back juxtaposition of sunrise and sunset. In exploring these scenes from different viewpoints in relation to the trajectory of the light source, we can begin to question the very nature of our appreciation of sunlight.

Light Symposium launches book

September 08 2017 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
We are pleased to be involved with a book launched by Light Symposium Wismar 2016, a forum on the future of healthy light and lighting which took place in October last year.
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‘The Progress’ video released

June 15 2017 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Inspiration
'The Progress' is a collaboration about the consequences of light pollution caused by the inconsiderate use of electric lighting. It is produced by Dark Source with the support of The International Dark Sky Association (IDA).
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