today, which may still be in use then? What other unexpected issues
might crop up, such as changes in citizens’ behaviour, or the emergence
of yet unknown technologies?
The preparation for this exhibition was a great challenge for all of us, for
our thoughts, our works, our researches and our profession. I was looking
for dreams, philosophical approaches, and visions of the city of the future
and of urban lighting, because I believe that giving intellectual and
technological shape to a possible future could paradoxically bring it about.
The Future of Urban Lighting was organised by VIA-Verlag, and took place at
the three showrooms of sponsors Erco, Fagerhult and Zumtobel. It featured eight
international practices: Arup, Concepto, LEA, Licht Raum Stadt, Lighting Design
Collective, LPA, ON and Speirs + Major. The work of the 10 winners of an earlier
international competition launched by PLDC was also shown. Roger Narboni was
assisted by Floriane Deléglise, architect at HMNOP and lighting designer