Lighting : Lighting August 2014 - Vol34 Issue 4
38 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | August/September 2014 August/September 2014 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 39 Case study iNTRoDuCTioN In August 2013 Korea saw a unique lighting event – its first International Light Asia festival in “Book City” in Paju, a city adjacent to the capital, Seoul. Book City is well known for the modern and stylish buildings but it appears dark and deserted at night. The festival was organised and sponsored by KKDC and Bitzro & Partners and held under the auspices of the city government of Paju, to show what could be achieved by lighting the town at night. As well as creating a bright and interesting atmosphere for the town the other objective was to share the process with invited international lighting designers, disseminating ideas and perspectives on lighting design. So, a light festival that included lighting design and month- long lighting installations had great potential in promoting good lighting, lighting education and improved amenity. This tells how KKDC with Bitzro, a local lighting consultancy, organised this lighting event that saw street lights. The residents (mostly publishers) felt an acute need for a night-time attraction to convert the deserted streets into areas of activity. As a result, in January 2013, KKDC and Bitzro proposed to the town’s executive committee a Light Asia festival as an after dark attraction. Primarily, the Festival was to be educational for the emerging independent local lighting design community by running a lighting design workshop for students from local colleges and universities and local design consultancies. The Paju book City’s Light Asia festival WARREN JuLiAN Borim Press Building (Andrew Jaques’s group. Saeng Neung Press (Donn Salisbury’s group). a Korean and seven Australian lighting designers lead the design and installation of architectural façade lighting to eight buildings of their choice within the town. pAJu Book CiTy – A ToWN iN NEED oF LigHT Paju Book City, is home to 260 Korean publishers. The town is well known for its modern and stylish buildings — the creation of leading architects from Korea and abroad. The complex houses book cafés, second-hand bookstores, galleries and restaurants, hosting diverse exhibitions and forums, a centre for children and a performance hall. Paju Book City is popular for weekend getaways throughout the year. It is one of the most successful urban designs in the nation. Though vibrant by day, after dark it falls into ‘sleeping mode’ as it plunges into darkness; there are no lighting features and no floodlit buildings, just minimal light from old style mercury vapour Dong Hwa Press (David Bird’s group). workshop became the starting point for the Light Festival. Because there are so few lighting designers in Korea, lighting designers were invited from Australia as well as Korea to lead the workshop participants. Secondly, the Light Festival was to be used to promote the value of lighting design and the rôle played by lighting designers, by presenting the results of façade lighting workshop to the public. Boosting the local economy and enhancing the brand image of the town was the third objective.
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