Light for Future is a lighting design project to promote social well-being and enhancing Recanati's historic centre, the Light for Future Scientific Advisory Committee is chaired by Giancarlo Basili and includes Italian sociologist and academic Domenico De Masi, an expert in creativity and communication; the internationally renowned architect, designer and academic Mario Cucinella, founder of the School of Sustainability; the Academy of Fine Arts of Macerata, the Municipality of Recanati, IALD, and iGuzzini.
The Light for Future initiative, incorporated into the three-year Culture 2021-2023 plan to develop a special project directed by the region:phase 1 of the Light for Future project was presented on 8 July 2021 while the following 2 phases will continue in 2022 and 2023 with the installations extended to other areas of the historic centre and the implementation of new creative solutions developed through an international competition promoted by IALD and aimed at young lighting designers from all over the world, which will be selected by the Scientific Advisory Committee. The goal is to make Recanati a research and innovation laboratory for urban lighting and a cultural reference point at a national and international level, including in sustainability.
The students of the Light Design course of the Academy of Fine Arts of Macerata, led by professor and lighting designer Francesca Cecarini, will be directly involved in the evaluation of the proposals and in the implementation of the winning solutions, supporting locally the phases of design and installation of the same. This is a further positive element of the project that aims to put future lighting designers in contact with current professionals, to offer the former an opportunity to better understand the profession of lighting designers.
This initiative is a further stage in the enhancement of Recanati's architectural and environmental heritage with the aim of increasing its attraction, including for tourists, and enhancing its cultural identity. This process continues the path that began in 2013 when the Municipality of Recanati, one of the first in Italy, developed a Plan of Light drawn up by the architect Corrado Terzi for high quality functional and monumental lighting.