Safer Cities – Lighting the way

Date(s) - 26/02/2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Barrack Place, Level 10

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Designing cities for after dark. Architects, lighting designers, landscapers and planners should attend this seminar.

It’s hard to find a city where crime isn’t at or near the top of the list of citizen concerns. Street lighting is one of the tools that help to make streets safer. Street lights are on every street corner of every major city and seemingly provide the perfect vehicle to integrate technology into everyday public life for everyone to feel safer.

But does it necessarily follow that adding more lights, or making them brighter and smarter, leads to safer cities? Is it that simple?

From 2016 – 2019 the Free to Be project (XYX Lab and Plan International) collected a digital dataset of over 21,000 pins of safe and unsafe spaces from young women and girls from cities as diverse as Lima, Madrid, Kampala, Delhi, Sydney and Melbourne.

Over the past 12 months Arup have analysed qualitative with quantitative data across 84 different sites in Melbourne to find practical measures around how we can use lights to make our city feel safer at night time.

This presentation, to be conducted by Hoa Yang and Rebecca Cadorin from Arup and Dr Gill Matthewson, will consider:

  • How designers can leverage qualitative and quantitative design techniques to inform our understanding of people’s perceptions of the built environment.
  • How we can use digital technology for better lighting design?
  • Current Australian standards and guidelines around lighting in public spaces. Are they sufficient?
  • What factors should be considered in lighting design to make urban environments more equitable and welcoming?
  • What is the role of other disciplines in creating a safer environment – human factors, pedestrian planning, acoustics, landscaping
  • How can architects and landscape architects incorporate the above mentioned factors into their designs

Formal CPD Presentation

Cost to attend is $75 plus GST or book a group for 10 for $650 plus GST. For more information email or phone 0419 518 642