Social Lightscapes Workshop Series with iGuzzini

In June 2015, Dr Elettra Bordonaro joined Configuring Light with a 2-year Visiting Research Fellowship in the LSE Sociology Department. Her fellowship is funded by the Italian lighting manufacturer iGuzzini, who have already supported Configuring Light’s HEIF5 project, the Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes workshop in Peabody’s Whitecross Estate, which she played a central role in developing, then as a member of the Social Light Movement.

The aim is to build on the core exploration of the Whitecross workshop: how can we build deeper and more productive dialogues between social research and lighting design? How can we expand the social knowledge base and socio-spatial understanding of the sites that designers intervene in?

The iGuzzini/LSE research fellowship is developing an international series of workshops with design professionals and students. During the fellowship, Configuring Light and Dr Elettra Bordonaro are hosting a series of six workshops across the globe – from Muscat, Oman, to Sydney, Australia. The workshops …

  • explore and build expertise in social research in lighting design
  • by working with students, professionals and community groups in intensive workshops
  • that engage participants in both researching and designing for actual public realm spaces
  • and enables consistent reflection on how designers, planners, architects and communities can develop more knowledgeable, responsive and socially engaged approaches to social spaces.


Project details


Dr Elettra Bordonaro
Dr Joanne Entwistle
Dr Don Slater

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