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    Meet the winners


    Created by Philips Lighting and the LUCI Association (Lighting Urban Community International Association) in 2003, the City.People.Light award has been honoring the innovative use of light as a tool for urban regeneration for the past 14 years.


    Since its inception, the award has rewarded multiple cities and initiatives for their sustainable urban development approach that utilizes light to enhance the beauty of urban areas and to improve the quality of life for citizens.


    This year a record number of projects were submitted, among which were lighting master plans, single building projects, and more artistic endeavors, all with the aim of improving the quality of life in urban areas and enhancing the sense of well-being for citizens. This year’s winners were honored on November 4th in Seoul, South Korea during the Annual General Meeting of LUCI. Read on to learn more.

    Meet the winners


    Aalborg Municipality, Denmark


    The “House of Music Area” is part of a larger renovation project that was geared towards transforming the Aalborg waterfront from an industrialized zone into a vibrant university city and buzzing cultural hub. The designers, ÅF Lighting, strived to embrace the site’s local heritage and used stakeholder analysis to ensure the space was not only attractive, but also inviting to local residents, students, and visitors to the city.

    The lighting concept mimics the musical characteristics of the House of Music and the nearby Royal Academy of Music. For example, the masts by the music park are transformed into black decorative piano “stringed masts,” with LED lines in the upper half to suggest a violin bow. The designers placed the masts irregularly to enhance the scenic construction of the open environment with its circular green lawn and trees, beautifully accenting the urban space and adding an extra spatial dimension.


    “In the new space, lighting intertwines with the natural backdrop of the waterfront creating a unique landscape throughout the day and even at night. The space is adaptive and dynamic ensuring the perfect environment is created no matter the event, exhibition or season. This is achieved through tailored lighting solutions,” explained C.F. Møller, the project’s landscape architect. 

    The house of music area in Denmark

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    Seoul, South Korea


    For more than 60 years after its construction, the Gyeongui Line was actively used for transportation. However, as the line gradually became replaced by other means of transportation and eventually switched to being underground in 2005, the area fell into neglect. The Gyeongui Line Forest Walkway Lighting Design Project revitalized this area by utilizing light to create a natural and comfortable space for local residents.


    The multi-disciplinary team of designers worked together to revamp the disconnected and dilapidated railway and to embed it seamlessly into the natural environment, particularly by crafting a lighting design to mimic the subtle “glow of an autumn night”. The lighting was designed to minimize light pollution at night for local residents while creating a safe walkway for passersby throughout the day. The space has now been reborn as a popular city location with local resident satisfaction exceeding 80%.

    Gyeongui Line forest walkway lighting design project

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    Emmen, The Netherlands


    The Emmen City Center Renovation Project began in 2003 with a purpose to boost economic development, generate employment and strengthen the international position of Emmen. Since the project began, lighting has been embedded in attractions across the city emphasizing major landmarks such as the Marktplein (Market Square) and the Raadhuisplein (Town Hall Square).


    As part of the project, the Hondsrugweg, one of the busiest traffic routes in Emmen, was redeveloped with art instillations interweaved with functional lighting to create a unique roadway for local commuters. This light art entitled ‘Dolmen Light’ was created by conceptual artist Titia Ex and was installed along the walls of the Hondsrug tunnel. At nearly a kilometer in length, this is the longest work of light art in the world.

    In addition to creating a more inviting city, the project’s designers were also concerned about sustainability. They opted to use energy-efficient LED lighting almost everywhere and the innovative lighting design for the Raadhuisplein is powered by solar energy, generated by solar panels installed on the nearby town hall.


    The main aim of the city’s lighting refurbishment was to promote one consistent identity and to give Emmen’s updated city center greater appeal.  As well as focusing attention on functional lighting, it was also important to devote attention to the artistic image of the city at night. With the creation of atmospheric public spaces for residents and visitors, the city center has become a more appealing place for people to spend time. 

    The house of music area in Denmark

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    In addition to the prizes awarded by the professional jury, every year the public also has the chance to vote for their favorite project. This year the votes for the People’s Choice award came from two different sources:  via online voting on the Philips Lighting website, and  during a live vote that took place at the Annual General Meeting of LUCI in Seoul on November 4th. Each source contributed 50% to the final score. Once tallying all votes, this year the winner of the People’s Choice award was Emmen, the Netherlands! 


    Congratulations to all of the winners!