Lighthinking 02, dedicated to cultural heritage
Light is a social science and the innovation that guides it comes from curiosity and dialogue. This is how Lighthinking has been conceived. A cultural project made up by different initiatives: talks, events, an online magazine and an Annual.
The Lighthinking Annual is the expression of our philosophy. It is a paper magazine open to the whole lighting community, where the culture of light is explored through history, art, architecture, projects, research, and human sciences, thanks to the contributions of a constantly evolving network. First and foremost, light is a social science and what drives it stems from curiosity and sharing.
The second issue of Lighthinking, dedicated to cultural heritage, includes projects we have completed on Italian monuments, in archaeological areas and in sacred places, as well as ones where we have worked together with important institutions, like the Royal Academy. We have even gone as far afield as Nepal, to celebrate with lighting the resurrection of the Boudhanath stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the ruins of the 2015 earthquake. Lighting is our element and we want to achieve social innovation through it. Light, innovation and cultural heritage are the three elements analysed in the article by Florence Lam - the Arup Global Lighting Design Leader, who thanks to her international experience, tells us about how the role of museums will develop in the context of a continuously evolving social panorama. In the magazine there is a specific article dedicated to the digitalisation of artificial lighting instruments, and a number of the projects featured include application examples of these new digital technologies. The opening of Lighthinking is graced with the ironic and entertaining images of Nick Turpin, who captures people’s relationship to the environment they exist in, with an exceptional level of observation.
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