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Door 19

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Door 19

Get ahead on your daylight design skills!

Modelling Daylight – A Manual for Natural Light Experimentation, written by Giovanni Traverso, aims to raise awareness and sensitize readers to the notion of light as a founding element in architectural design, capable of positively modifying the experience of the inhabitant. Published by the VIA Publishing Company, we are proud to offer you a chance to win a copy of this lighting design publication.

Send an e-mail with the subject line “Advent Calendar Modelling Daylight” and your full name to Kristina Lutscher at klutscher@via-internet.com by 19. December, 2018, 24.00 (CET). One person will win the book “Modelling Daylight”! 

We will notify the winner the next day.

Door 20

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Door 20

The PLD Recognition Award in the category Lifetime Achievement recognises a person whose activities and efforts have been instrumental in helping bring the profession of Architectural Lighting Design to its current standing.

Which of our Lifetime Award winners below has influenced you the most?

Who would deserve an award in 2019 in your opinion?

Share your stories in the comments section below or on our Facebook page!

PLDC 2017

Kaoru Mende

PLDC 2015

Motoko Ishii

PLDC 2013

Christopher Cuttle

PLDC 2011

Dr. Jonathan Speirs

PLDC 2009

William Lam

PLDC 2007

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Heinrich Kramer

Door 16

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Door 16

When the year grows old, it is time to reminisce: Are you new to PLDC or do you remember the “old days”?

We have selected a couple of pictures from previous editions – can you guess which PLDC year they were taken in?

Comment below or share your own pictures on Facebook!

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Door 14

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Door 14

Are you planning to attend PLDC 2019 in Rotterdam? We offer a special present to one lucky person today: One free ticket to an excursion of their choice!

To be part of the draw, send an e-mail with the subject line “Advent Calendar Excursion” and your full name to Marijke Steinkuhl at msteinkuhl@via-internet.com  by 14. December, 2018, 24.00 (CET). The winner will be notified by e-mail on Monday, 17. December, 2018.

PLDC excursions will take attendees to famous architectural buildings and lighting design projects in Rotterdam. The excursions will be accompanied by professional guides, providing in-depth insight into the design process, history, and use of the space. For PLDC 2019, the available excursions will published in spring next year!

Door 23

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Door 23

When the year grows old, it is time to reminisce: Are you new to PLDC or do you remember the “old days”?

We have selected a couple of pictures from previous editions – can you guess which PLDC year they were taken in?

Comment below or share your own pictures on Facebook!

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Door 11

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Door 11

Can you guess the answer to our Advent puzzle today? Share your guess with us in the comment section below or on Facebook!

 

The life I lead is mere hours or less,
I serve all my time by being consumed.
I am quickest when thin, slowest when fat,
And wind is the bane of the gift that I bring.

What am I?

Door 21

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Door 21

This is the last riddle in our PLDC Advent Calendar 2018 – if you know the answer, post a comment below or share your guess on Facebook!

 

They come to witness the night
Without being called,
A sailor’s guide and a poet’s tears.
They are lost to sight each day
Without the hand of a thief.

What are they?

Door 15

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Door 15

Any chance you know the answer to this riddle? Post your guess in the comments section below – the correct answer will be revealed on Facebook the next day!

 

I can only live where there is light, but I die if the light shines on me.

What am I?

Door 18

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Door 18

If you attended a PLDC Conference in the past, you will have received one or more of our give-away presents included in our delegates bag.

What was your favorite give-away? Or, if you didn’t attend yet, what would you suggest for future PLDCs? Send your answers to these questions in an e-mail with the subject line “Advent Calendar Give-Away” and your full name to Kristina Lutscher at klutscher@via-internet.com by 19. December, 2018, 24.00 (CET) or post your favorite give-away so far in the comments section below.

Out of all submissions, one person will win a goodie bag containing items from PLDC 2007 – 2018! 

We will notify the winner the next day.

Door 9

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Door 9

In 2013, we started the tradition of choosing a new PLDC Soundtrack for each Convention. We prepared a playlist for you of all songs up until now!

Which one do you like best?

Door 7

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Door 7

To tease your brain cells try solving our riddle below and post your guess in the comments section below – the correct answer will be revealed on Facebook the next day!

 

Give me food and I will live, give me water and I will die.

What am I?

Door 6

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Door 6

On 6. December, Saint Nicholas brings special treats to those who put out their boot the evening before – but even if you forgot or don’t have this tradition in your country, we prepared a present for you:

You can win one free ticket to PLDC After Show Party on 26. October, 2019 in Rotterdam!

Simply send an e-mail with the subject line “Advent Calendar Party” and your full name to Kristina Lutscher at klutscher@via-internet.com by 6. December, 2018, 24.00 (CET).

We will notify the winner the next day.

Door 5

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Door 5

When the year grows old, it is time to reminisce: Are you new to PLDC or do you remember the “old days”?

We have selected a couple of pictures from previous editions – can you guess which PLDC year they were taken in?

Comment below or share your own pictures on Facebook!

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Door 4

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Door 4

Who Moved My Cheese out of the focus of light?

by Joachim Ritter

The market and structures are changing. To be successful in future manufacturers need to change, and designers need to change. That is difficult? You don’t want to change? Why should you?

Writer Spencer Johnson has an artful way of introducing his readers to how to cope positively with change. He has created a story to help people understand why change is necessary to be able to survive…

The story involves four characters who live in a maze: the mice Scurry and Sniff, and two ‘little people’, Hem and Haw. All is going well because they have found a huge source of their favourite food, cheese. Hem and Haw have even moved their houses to be near it and it has become the centre of their lives. But they do not notice that it is getting smaller, and are devastated when they arrive at the site one morning and find the cheese is gone.

This is where the story splits in two. Scurry and Sniff quickly accept the loss of the cheese and go off into the maze in search of other sources. The little people, because they have built their lives around the big cheese, feel they are the victim of some kind of fraud or theft. Yet this only makes things worse, as their clinging on ensures that they go hungry. Meanwhile, the mice move on and find new cheese.

This is where the story splits in two. Scurry and Sniff quickly accept the loss of the cheese and go off into the maze in search of other sources. The little people, because they have built their lives around the big cheese, feel they are the victim of some kind of fraud or theft. Yet this only makes things worse, as their clinging on ensures that they go hungry. Meanwhile, the mice move on and find new cheese.

The fable captures very well the moment after we have lost a job or a relationship and we believe it is the end of the world. All the good things were part of the previous situation, and all the future holds is fear. Johnson’s message is: instead of seeing change as the end of something, we must learn to see it as a beginning. We have all been told this, but sometimes motivation is lacking. To make himself accept reality, Haw writes this on the wall of the maze: “If you do not change, you can become extinct.”

For life not to be wasted, it demands a level of risk and adventure. If you are willing to live this way, change loses its horror. In fact, a person opting to advance in life purposely creates change, because the world is not currently how they would like it. What Hem and Haw discover is that breaking through your fears sets you free. Those who continually seek security, ironically, are wrecked by the possibility that they may lose it.

While the book addresses the fact of change in all aspects of our lives, given how many offices it circulates in it would be fair to say that its main message relates to work. Most employees are employees because they prefer the security of a set wage under the apparent protection of large enterprise. For others, the chief benefit may be that for most of the day they do not have to really think; they ‘complete tasks’. But such dependence restricts personal growth, in the same way that mediaeval serfs, while given a roof over their heads on the estate, often never strayed more than a few miles beyond it, and could never expect to be truly independent people.

Who Moved My Cheese, a book by Spencer Johnson, has been sold more than 2.8 million times all over the world and translated into many languages. A wonderful present for Christmas for anyone who is afraid of the future…

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Door 2

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Door 2

Today, we offer a special treat to one lucky person who is planning to attend PLDC 2019 in Rotterdam: One free ticket to an excursion of their choice!

To enter the competition, send an e-mail with the subject line “Advent Calendar Excursion” and your full name to Marijke Steinkuhl at msteinkuhl@via-internet.com  by 2. December, 2018, 24.00 (CET). The winner will be notified by e-mail the following day.

PLDC excursions will take attendees to famous architectural buildings and lighting design projects in Rotterdam. The excursions will be accompanied by professional guides, providing in-depth insight into the design process, history, and use of the space. For PLDC 2019, the available excursions will published in spring next year!

Door 3

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Door 3

Keynote speakers are an important part of the PLDC programme, offering many inspirational impulses.

Share your memories and comment below. 

How many keynote speeches did you attend?
Who was your favourite speaker?
What keynote address influenced your work the most?

Door 1

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Door 1

A smart move for the lighting design community – and a big step for the profession in Asia.

Review of PLDC 2018 in Singapore – by Joachim Ritter

 

Biggest gathering of the lighting design community in Asia to date.

Never before in Asia has a convention brought together nearly 800 attendees to discuss and develop the profession within the lighting design community. The Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC 2018 in Singapore clearly showed that the lighting culture in Asia is extremely profound, highly valuable and very unique. This was the first time that VIA-Verlag held PLDC outside Europe, and it gave the attendees the confidence to feel that professional lighting design in architecture is developing as fast in Asia as in the rest of the world.

As usual, PLDC kicked off with pre-convention meetings, albeit on a smaller scale but highly international. The meeting for educators and researchers comprised at least twelve different nationalities, all keen to move lighting education and research forward through enhanced cooperation and partnerships at lecturer and student level. The meeting also introduced the Light and Lighting Research Consortium (LLRC), a website due to be launched shortly (www. LLRC.edu.eu) and designed to create, promote and encourage interdisciplinary research in the field of light and lighting that can be directly applied by architects and lighting practitioners in their daily practice.

The Cities’ Forum was also a very high-level meeting. Following a keynote speech given by Mark Burton-Page, General Director of the LUCI (Lighting Urban Community Association), attendees learnt about the “Big Data Analytics Software for Urban Lighting” research project carried out by the City of St. Petersburg together with ITMO University. Dr. Andrey Bondarchuk, Chairman of the Power and Engineering Maintenance Committee, Government of St. Petersburg (TBC) and Dr. Natalia Bystryantseva from ITMO University were present to explain and answer questions.

Although this was the first time that PLDC had been staged outside Europe, the atmosphere was comparable to former editions – with an added layer of excitement and appreciation. Around two-thirds of the surprisingly high number of attendees (almost 800 in all) were from Asian countries, the rest from Europe and even North and South America.

The overall layout of the convention comprised a central networking area with the stand spaces of the sponsoring partners plus catering stations, with the conference rooms directly connected. Of course, we were accommodated in an extremely well-known location, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which is iconic to say the least, but everyone present was focussed on the PLDC activities which ran from morning to evening and beyond.

The conference papers were well attended. The keynote speakers that headed the morning and afternoon sessions on both conference days left some attendees open-mouthed or even dazed. On the second day, award-winning German-born, Japanese architect Satoshi Teshima, who currently lives in the USA, gave a charming presentation of how he grew up and became interested in architecture, explaining then in more detail how he develops planning strategies today to create the authentic design solutions required for the wide range of projects he realises. In the afternoon, keynote speaker Sven Martin from Pixomondo Studios literally brought dragons into play, astounding the audience by explaining the importance of lighting design in his creative work. By integrating layers of light, Pixomondo creates the right light to conjure up the images of architecture, atmospheres and feelings that are a key part of the storytelling.

All papers were well received and gave rise to discussion. Professional practice topics addressed topics such as digital place-making and digital environments, human-focussed and science-based design, and intuitive design. Speakers addressing the topic of Experiential Environments shared their realised projects, which included hotels, high-end retail spaces, places of worship and the challenges of mixed-use developments.

Tobias Olsson from ÅF Lighting in Sweden described a car park in Lonköping/SE, combining transparent solar cells, daylight and electric light – all fitting in with the sustainable concept for the car-free housing area in the town.

Linus Lopez from Lirio Lopez Lighting Design Consultants in India gave an outstanding presentation on the context of place, time, application, philosophy and motivation in lighting design, underlining the role of the human being and addressing changing human behaviour over time.

Greta Smetoniute and Matt Waugh from Michael Grubb Studio managed to shock the audience with their observations and analysis of the manufacture, transport and waste disposal connected with even the simplest spotlight. The paper was considered to be merely the starting point to encourage serious change in the anti-environmental policies currently accepted as the norm.

Juan Ferrari from Hoare Lea gave his realistic view of the state of lighting design and how lighting designers – or rather experience designers – today need to face the challenges by gathering knowledge, collecting ideas and being able to integrate lighting into spaces to create design experiences. It was a relief, as well as motivating, to hear how this is possible thanks to the limitless number of tools designers have at their disposal.

The general feeling that held sway at PLDC in Singapore was one of determination and confidence that the necessary changes can be made. Lighting designers are not what they were five years ago! The scope of work has changed with the technology that is now available. But it is still the creative designer that needs to maintain control. With increasingly more lighting-related research outputs available, we have the chance to get it right. And if we are going to change anything, it had better be a smart move, otherwise it is not worth it.

Programme

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Programme

Since the first PLDC in 2007, the globally recognised event has grown and developed with regard to the content and activities offered.

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