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Nightscape 2050 Talk Sessions


Sat Nov 7 2015, 6:30pm–8:00pm
Fri Nov 13 2015, 6:30pm–8:00pm

Where: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Street, Bugis, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Nightscape 2050 Talk Sessions

Free admission. Attendance needs to be registered at

How do we interact with lighting in the year 2050? We dream of an exciting life in the future co-existing with wonderful light. We would like to create a unique experience in which we share our ideas/ thoughts on how lighting and our ‘way of being’ in the future could be. In these unique experiences about our future, we must also not forget the past, and the exciting evolution of light together with the cultural journey of a city.

“Nightscape 2050 – A Dialogue between Cities-Light-People in Future” is a travelling exhibition by Lighting Planners Associates (LPA) that raises these very questions and seeks public opinion about our interaction with light, and the future of our nightscape. As part of the exhibition, a talk session is being organized with creative professionals sharing their ideas about light and the city.
The talk sessions will be divided into two parts.

7th November 2015 (6:30pm to 8:00pm)

Session I will look into the evolution of Singapore’s nightscape in the context of architecture, its urban environment at night, and the role of lighting over the years.

13th November 2015 (6:30pm to 8:00pm)

Session II will be a discussion about the future - Singapore’s nightscape in the year 2050. This is also the underlying theme of the exhibition.

Guest Speakers for Session I

Co-Founder of Klein Dytham Architecture, a firm with a series of audacious and award winning projects including Daikanyama T-SITE, a bookstore that represents a paradigm shift in the retail world. Mark has also created the PechaKucha Night, a show-and-tell evening where each presentation is 20 slides x 20 seconds.

Peng Beng is the co-founder of the architectural practice ARC Studio, a firm known for its innovate and process driven approach. He has won several awards for the public housing project, The Pinnacle at Duxton. Peng Beng is also actively involved in promoting architectural education and is a tutor at the National University of Singapore.

Guest Speakers for Session II

Michael Lee is an artist, curator and publisher based in Berlin and Singapore. He researches urban memory and fiction, especially the contexts and implications of loss. He transforms his observations into objects, diagrams, situations, curations or texts.

Kaoru Mende is the founder of Lighting Planners Associates. The scope of his design and planning activities ranges widely from residential and architectural lighting design to urban and environmental lighting. Mende is also the acting chief of the “Lighting Detectives”, a citizens’ group that specializes in the study of the culture of lighting.

Moderator - DR. LAI CHEE KIEN
Both Session I and Session II will be moderated by Dr. Lai Chee Kien. Dr. Lai is presently the Adjunct Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He researches on histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia and is the author of several publications.