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.