The city of Leipzig in Germany has been awarded first prize for its regeneration of Richard-Wagner-Platz in the twelfth annual city.people.light awards
The award, organised by lighting manufacturer Philips and the Lighting Urban Community International Association (LUCI), aims to recognize urban lighting projects that incorporate sustainable lighting infrastructure into city redevelopment initiatives.
This year the competition received entries from all five continents and an awards ceremony was held last Friday in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The winning project sought to match Leipzig’s historic architecture with warm white light to illuminate buildings, sculptural fountains and a skate park. Efforts were made to create the right atmosphere by using contemporary LED lighting, preserving and highlighting historic fixtures and making significant energy savings for the city.
Rainer Barth, lighting designer representing Leipzig, said: “We wanted to pay homage to the historical roots of Leipzig, which is why we launched a public competition to redesign the lighting through.
“The project is an excellent example of how to involve citizens and other stakeholders in the preparation of an urban regeneration project.”
Vojislav Radovic, Philips’ outdoor lighting manager for South District C&EE, added: “The projects submitted this year were of an outstanding quality and set a new standard for the cities of the future.
“The Leipzig project was not only innovative for crowdsourcing ideas from citizens, beautifying the city and improving safety, but also for negotiating the delicate balance of commemorating complex heritage with cutting edge lighting technology.”
Second prize: Bicycle Snake Bridge, Copenhagen, Denmark – a project to softly illuminate a long, red sculptural bridge used exclusively by cyclists.
Third prize: Place du Château, Strasbourg, France – a project to transform an iconic square adjoining Notre Dame Cathedral with a mix of horizontal and vertical light.
For more information about the awards visit: http://www.lighting.philips.com/main/citypeoplelight/award.wpd