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Old, New, Dark, Blue - The Art of Lighting of Footbridges

July 17 2014 — by Mark Major
Education | Inspiration
Like the design and engineering of bridges, lighting design is both an art and a science; it aims to provide a creative solution to what is often perceived as a technical problem. In so far that any footbridge needs the application of artificial light during the hours of darkness, its illumination must be carefully considered. This is not only to meet the requirements for safety, security and accessibility but also to ensure that its form is properly revealed. There are also the considerations of the impact that any lighting equipment may have on the appearance of the bridge by day, access for maintenance, potential environmental impacts such as light pollution, capital and running costs – the list goes on. A successful lighting scheme might therefore be seen as one that successfully balances a number of design constraints to achieve an optimum solution. At the same time it is often the case that the very best designs also possess a little bit of ‘magic’ that help elevate the project to become a special experience - not only for the people using the bridge but also those viewing it from afar. This article briefly looks at the background, approach and key design criteria that are required to be considered when illuminating footbridges. It also touches on the way that changes in technology are allowing much greater integration of the lighting into the design of footbridges as long as provision is made for the light early within the design process. Finally it looked at some examples of how lighting has been applied through four cases studies – old, new, dark and blue.
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Mark’s TEDxSydney talk released on YouTube

June 13 2014 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
We are excited to share Mark's TEDxSydney talk in full, as released this week on YouTube.
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Mark to give lecture at McGill University

March 13 2014 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Mark will be speaking at McGill University's School of Architecture lecture series on 24th March.
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Mark to speak at TEDxSydney

March 06 2014 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Mark is pleased to announce that he has been selected as a speaker at the TEDx Sydney 2014 event, which will take place at the Sydney Opera House on April 26.
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Satu to speak at Sociology Forum 6 March 2014

February 27 2014 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Satu will be speaking at the Sociology Forum on 6 March at the LSE in London.
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Keith speaks to HFT Stuttgart students

February 13 2014 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Keith recently spoke at the Architecture and Design department's end of Semester talk at Hochschule Für Technik (HFT) Stuttgart.
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Mark and Andrew feature at Lux Live

October 31 2013 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Mark Major and Andrew Howis will both be taking part in Lux Live this year.
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Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference

September 04 2013 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Inspiration
Last week, Satu attended the Royal Geographical Society's Annual Conference, which this year had a theme of 'light and darkness'.
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Mark to speak at ILP Summit in Glasgow

August 08 2013 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Mark will be speaking at the Institute of Lighting Professionals' annual Lighting Summit, to be held in Glasgow on 11 & 12 September.
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Light defines the new “Te matau a pohe” bridge

August 06 2013 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education
The 'Te Matau a Pohe' bridge in Whangarei, New Zealand was officially opened on July 27th this year.
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Image / Patrick Reynolds/Knight Architects
Image / Patrick Reynolds/Knight Architects
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