“Lighting Affects Public Use of Urban Spaces”

Tehran Municipality’s Beautification Organization has held an expert-level workshop to discuss urban lighting projects. Prominent French lighting designer Roger Narboni was one of the experts taking part in the event. During his speech, Narboni touched on a number of lighting projects he has already carried out across the world and described lighting as an ideal method to improve urban spaces. He said modern lighting is focused on saving energy. Mr. Narboni also said lighting projects should give people a sense of belonging to urban spaces to boost their participation in urban projects. He said lighting can considerably affect people’s use of urban spaces. Narboni is a member of Association o f Lighting Designers Without Borders. Swiss architect and university professor Dr. Anna Grichting was one of the lecturers at the expert-level workshop on urban landscape which was held by Tehran Beautification Organization at Barg Gallery. M.S. Grichting is an architect, urbanist and musician and holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard University In her lecture delivered at the gathering, she highlighted the issue of collective memory in urban spaces. She described Tehran as an old and historical city which has a great potential to boost collective memory. In her lecture delivered at the technical workshop on natural landscape, Dr. Grichting highlighted three issues of language, strategy and urban limitations and said there is not a precise definition of urban memories and such issues can be categorized into individual and collective memories. Dr. Grichting also elaborated on culture, and environment and their role in the formation of urban landscape. She described culture as the source of establishment of urban landscape. She also said collective memories include urban landscapes. Dr. Grichting also said people in many countries such as Germany, Britain and the US have revived the collective memories in their cities. She said urban officials have protected the collective memories at the request of people in such countries. Grichting also likened city to a tree and said as the layers of the trunk of a tree indicate its age, diseases, … the age and problems facing a city can be detected in its historical layers. She also said we should not be proud of our past but should rather think about creating new layers of urban spaces. Tehran Municipality’s Beautification Organization has held an expert-level workshop dubbed “Natural Landscape, Cultural Landscape, & Collective Memories”. The event came as part of collaboration between Tehran Beautification, International Federation of Architects, and Association of Iranian Green Space and Landscape Experts. A number of Iranian and foreign university professors and architects as well as architecture and art students took part in the workshop which was held at Barg Gallery. The workshop included several technical panels.

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