GEO-INTELLIGENCE AND URBAN ANALYTICS FOR URBAN WELLBEING

Session 1
Chair: Aitziber Egusquiza
Discussant: Jose Luis Izkara

The session will address papers and presentations focused on urban modelling and spatial statistics for lighting, health and wellbeing. We invite to present specific applications of multi-domain urban modelling tools, Big Data analyses and Smart Cities approaches for urban wellbeing using socioeconomic and health geospatial data, examples of Urban Studies on Geospatial Data for lighting, and  lighting detection from satellite data, drones and luxmeter for high resolution and prospect analysis.

SOCIAL LIGHTING AND LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY FOR URBAN WELL-BEING

Session 2
Chair: Don Slater

Urban lighting is shifting from a largely technical and engineering matter to being understood as involving complex connections between the technical and the social that municipalities need to understand better. Topics that we would like to consider include:

  • How can lighting better support social goals such as inclusion, equality, diversity and quality of life, particularly for older citizens?

  • How can we better understand the citizen issues and social life as a basis for better urban design, including lighting?

  • How can ENLIGHTENme research connect with and contribute to wider currents in social lighting and night-time design, both in academic and professional practice?

How can innovation in lighting technology, control systems and urban design contribute to wellbeing?

Discussant: Mikkel Bille

CO-DESIGN AND
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Session 3
Chair: Don Slater

The session will comprise papers/presentations focused on citizen participation in public space design, including a concern with research and design as social interventions. We would particularly invite participation (and comparative material) from academics and activists operating at the interface between new design theory and social sciences (eg, the ‘Inventing the social’ researchers, transformative and ontological design theorists, etc). Moreover, we would ask such participants to focus more specifically on health, well-being and elderly populations.  

Discussant: Isabelle Corten

THE INTERPLAY OF GENES AND ENVIRONMENT FOR HEALTH, WELLBEING, AND CIRCADIAN RHYTHM

Session 4
Chair: Meike Bartels
Discussant: Valerio Carelli

People are born with a certain genetic make-up. This make-up makes them more or less sensible for environmental effects and exposure.

What is currently known about the effects of genes and environment of health, wellbeing, and circadian rhythms?

And are the effects of the environment (e.g. lightning) extra strong for older people?

In this session we will show the latest findings in the field of genetics with respect to circadian rhythm. We will also show innovative ways to study the environment by using an environment-wide approach.

INNOVATIVE URBAN LIGHTING POLICIES

Session 5
Chair: Elisa Conticelli
Discussant: Mark Burton-Page

Even if there is an increased concern about the effects of exposure to artificial lighting on health and wellbeing, they are not enough considered in the current urban policies yet. Instead, urban lighting policies suffer from a sectorial approach mainly oriented to reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as improving urban safety or strengthening city branding.

Human health and wellbeing implications due to urban lighting is a topic that remains rather unexplored in the current urban lighting plans.

The aim of this session is to emphasize innovative urban lighting policies and plans, good practices and pilot actions embracing diversified goals among which wellbeing and health promotion is comprised. Notably we really welcome contributions presenting strategies for reducing negative effects on health and wellbeing due to artificial lighting, ensuring an equal and free access to urban lighting, creating a safe and comfortable environment, fostering cultural identity and urban atmosphere, and supporting environmentally friendly mobility. Case studies incorporating quantifications of economic savings through reduced light pollution, optimizing energy consumption and promoting healthier populations are appreciated as well.

LEGAL AND ETHICAL ASPECTS OF URBAN LIGHTING and RELATED HEALTH STUDIES

Session 6
Chair: Deborah Mascalzoni
Discussant: Ciara Staunton
                  Mirko Ancillotti

Urban Lighting interventions poses ethical challenges for the impact on communities and the environment. This is particularly true when we consider the ethical implications posed by electric lighting to human health. In this session we wish to map out and analyze broadly some of the ethical concerns and values at stake.  We will also unravel another aspect of research on health and urban lighting which is the tension between the benefits of open data and approaches that comply with high standards for data protection and GDPR compliance in the collection, handling and sharing of health data.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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