LIGHT EDU Symposium

4 - 6 October 2018
Timisoara, Romania


LIGHT EDU is a comprehensive programme of educational, informational, research and cultural mediation events in the field of architectural and technical lighting in Romania. The programme was initiated out of the necessity of of long-term substantiation of the lighting design practice in Romania, where there is still a need to raise the awareness of the importance of interior and urban lighting. The symposion is organized by Romanian Order of Architects – Timiș Territorial Branch, in partnership with the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism from Timișoara.

LIGHT EDU Symposium's mission is to create the framework for a sustained dialogue on lighting design, stimulating the polarisation of a group of lighting design professionals and highlighting the importance of light in the perception and definition of architectural spaces. Hence, we propose the diversification and enlargement of the discussion groups in the field of lighting and lighting design in Romania.

LIGHT EDU Symposium 2018 aims to consolidate the educational platform set up at the first edition of the 2016 event, thus making it a further step towards fulfilling the vision of a context in which lighting is understood to be the most direct way of nonverbal communication through which a space can be perceived and one of the most powerful tools for night-time activation of cities.

LIGHT EDU Symposium 2018

LIGHT FOR CITIES - Using light for improving the perception of the city

"Lighting is an essential and ubiquitous part of the urban landscape. Public lighting, from iconic bridges and buildings to streets and intersections, can contribute to the socioeconomic and cultural prosperity of a region.""

Susanne Seitinger

Artificial lighting evolved as a means to conquer the darkness, extending the time for using the city. Urban lighting has a major role in the activation of the public space and facilitates the apparition of civic culture. From a cultural and economical perspective, the public spaces which benefit from a good lighting project improve the quality of public life, allowing people to live, work and use the city for recreational purposes outside the daylight hours.

On the other hand, artificial lighting is used for communication, architecture becoming a broadcasting medium. The contemporary technologies used in lighting today offer new possibilities of using light as a communicator, marking the transition from functional lighting to communication.

“Successful lighting design is as much about choreographing darkness as it is about delivering light.”

Susanne Seitinger

We intend to bring up the topics of redefining the urban lighting for the ecological, recreational and economic benefits of cities.

Trying to claim lighting as a way to enhance the experience of urban space, the event is shaped as a response to the current local context, stating the pressing need for dialogue in negotiating lighting issues and drawing attention to the importance of urban lighting. Although lighting has always had symbolic associations, being a means of expressing political or economic power, it is not only a functional matter, it is, first and foremost, a matter of culture, an act with profound urban implications that affects all inhabitants of the city.

“Lighting, however much it is rooted in technology and infrastructure, is deeply social.”

The symposium is open to all who want to learn about the complexity of light.

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Professionals and academics will discuss urban lighting processes and strategies, technical innovations in lighting, the use of light as a marketing tool in city promotion, light dynamics and light programming, the discussions being grouped into 5 themes:

  • Professional associations and education
  • Urban lighting design
  • Innovations in lighting technology
  • Light art and light festivals
  • Open-source programming

These issues will be addressed and debated through presentations of professional experiences from architectural and engineering practices, as well as from lighting research and light art. The presentations will focus on selected case studies from international lighting design practices, highlighting the challenges and questions that guide the shaping of a profession complementary to architecture.


29.09 - 3.10.2018 WORKSHOP

4.10 - 6.10.2018 CONFERENCES

...unveiling soon...


Lupercales (Barcelona) 29.09-3.10.2018

The workshop is dedicated to the ones with a real interest in the field of architectural lighting and it will produce 3 urban lighting installations, exploring the perception of space and socially activating some urban neglected areas from Timișoara. The process of concept development, discussion moderation and the implementation of the installations will be lead by Lupercales, a team of lighting designers from Barcelona with an extensive academic experience.

The sites proposed for the implementation of the lighting installations are buildings and structures belonging to the architectural heritage of Timişoara or green urban areas from neglected areas. Both participants and the local community will benefit from the end result. These places will be socially activated at night, giving the community the chance to directly experience the effects of good quality urban lighting.


Light Edu 2016

"Organized by architects, with an audience of mostly architects and students of architecture and design, the symposium was accessible to anyone interested in the theoretical and practical aspects of lighting design. Useful information was delivered to the architect, but also to the frequent visitor of the Jecza gallery or simply to the layman who could be the client of a lighting project.

We believe that the first edition of the symposium has achieved its purpose: attracting and informing a public in the field of spatial planning through the visual elements of the exhibition, through the exceptional projects presented, with their artistic and social dimensions, without neglecting the need to expose the scientific aspects of lighting technology, which make the lighting designer profession a very distinct practice."

LIGHT EDU 2016 Retrospective LIGHT EDU 2016 Photographs LIGHT EDU 2016 Website










To be confirmed

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Alexandra Maier
Event coordinator


Alexandra Spiridon


Maria Sgîrcea


Silvia Tripsa