Lighting : Lighting August 2014 - Vol34 Issue 4
August/September 2014 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 41 40 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | August/September 2014 THE WoRkSHop oVERViEW The festival had two parts: the five-day Lighting Design Workshop and month-long exhibition of the workshop’s product (lit façades) – the main public event of the festival. The workshop leaders were Andrew Jaques (The Flaming Beacon, Melbourne, Australia); David Bird (2B Designed, Melbourne, Australia), Donn Salisbury (Electrolight, Sydney, Australia), Horatio Burton (Glowing Structures, Melbourne, Australia), Kiyoung Ko (Bitzro, Seoul, Korea), Mark Elliott (Point of View, Sydney, Australia), Mirjam Roos (Steensen Varming, Sydney, Australia) and Tim Carr (Arup Lighting, Sydney, Australia). They were invited to lead the design workshop groups from concept design to completed façade lighting. From the huge number of applications from architecture, landscape, interior design and industrial design students, 64 were selected, with eight assigned to each design leader. There were eight workshop groups working on eight buildings. Each day of the five-day workshop started with a seminar where leaders gave 50 minute talks on a wide spectrum of topics and issues related to light, lighting and lighting design, followed by a Q&A session with the participants. The participants found the seminars a great opportunity to know more about professional lighting designer’s experiences and views. The workshop design sessions followed the seminars. Detailed preparatory work was done in advance. The buildings were selected by KKDC and Bitrzo and earlier to each leader who then developed a preliminary design concept that they submitted prior to the workshop. Luminaires and relevant accessories were then secured and prepared. KKDC, as a main sponsor and organiser, supplied about half of the luminaires. Preliminary wiring and cabling work was provided to indicative luminaire positions based on each leader’s design concept. FiVE DAyS’ HARD WoRk Day 1 was concept formulation. Leaders helped participants understand the design process and basics of conceiving a lighting design concept. Participants worked on the preliminary concepts proposed by the design leaders and were encouraged to make suggestions and propose alternative approaches. The original broad concepts were often modified, adjusted and/or fine-tuned. Days 2 to 4 saw most groups arrive at their final design scheme, having tested luminaires and accessories. Some groups even started installation work on site. The initial expectation was to make a series of temporary mock-ups for the building façades, however, in most cases, the site work was done so well that full-scale architectural lighting installations resulted. Day 5 saw the final commissioning followed by the workshop closing ceremony with guests and VIPs from local government. The designers were formally introduced to the guests and public. In the evening designers, guests and participants took a walking tour of the illuminated buildings. pAJu Book CiTy’S LIgHT AsIA FESTiVAL The festival was appreciated and well received by professionals and public. This is because it was unique – it was purely architectural in context and complementary to the buildings and their surrounding environment. Many other light festivals use light conspicuously or flamboyantly with the buildings simply being a surface for light. The festival met Book City’s ethos of understated façade lighting to support the philosophy upon which the town was founded. FiNALLy... For the participants, designers and organisers, the five-day workshop was very intensive and demanding, with eight façade lighting designs and installations, including serious DMX wiring and commissioning, having to be completed within four days. It often appeared to be an impossible task but the enthusiasm and passion shown by leaders and participants made it possible for the workshop to be completed to the delight of the community. The author has participated in similar multiday, but smaller scale workshops in Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Nong Khai in Thailand and much smaller one-night exercises in Sydney. All were full of intense activity, high emotion and great learning outcomes, not only for the participants but also for those leading and those providing the financial and logistic support in the background. Paju Book City’s Light Asia festival has the potential to provide a forum for international lighting design. It can be of great educational value to Korea’s future lighting designers as well as the public. This might be just a beginning, since the word is that KKDC and Bitzro have already started planning for Light Asia 2014, with the aim of making it an annual event! FAR LEFT: Tae Hak Publication (Mirjam Roos’ group). TOP: Asia Publication Culture and Information Centre (Kiyoung Ko’s group). LEFT: Jisik Sanup Publication (Tim Carr’s group). BOTTOM: Salim Alice’s House (Mark Elliott’s group). CENTRE: Maroniebooks (Horatio Burton’s group).
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