Philips and LUCI open the eight annual international


Eindhoven, The Netherlands

March 11, 2010

As urban lighting becomes an increasingly essential component of town planning, and a major element of a city’s identity, Philips and LUCI (the Lighting Urban Community International association) are to invite cities all over the world to celebrate their enhancement of urban living by launching the eighth annual international city.people.light awards.

 

Urban lighting can give a city a night-time beauty to match or even compete with its daytime image. At the same time, changing the urban landscape after dark through lighting can redefine the relationship between a city and its inhabitants.

 

The city.people.light awards set out to recognize the efforts cities and towns make to ‘rehumanize’ their environments, applying the medium of light for the well-being of those who live, work, visit or do business in a city or town. Awards are given to cities which best integrate an appreciation of contemporary urban living needs with the notions of ‘city’, ‘people’ and ‘light’ in a coherent lighting strategy.

 

“The international city.people.light awards are a unique platform for municipalities and urban architects,” comments Marc de Jong, CEO, Professional Luminaires, Philips Lighting. “This is their opportunity to share with the world how they are enhancing the lives of their citizens through the creative and sustainable use of light.”

 

The city.people.light awards process

The awards are presided over by an international and independent six-person jury comprised of leading lighting architects, lighting designers and municipal lighting managers. The jury deliberates on a number of criteria, including how a lighting project adds to the cultural, architectural heritage and commercial life of a city, its night-time identity and its environmental contribution.

 

Entries for the 2010 city.people.light awards must be received by June 30, 2010, with the first, second and third-placed prizes being presented at a ceremony in Chartres, France, during the Annual LUCI Forum in September. The overall winning project will receive a trophy and a cheque for Eur 10,000.

 

Since its 2002 launch, the awards have run the rule over 141 urban lighting projects. First prize in the 2009 competition went to Jyväskylä in Finland for its ‘City of Light’ project which focused on its innovative application of outdoor architectural lighting to strengthen the sense of security for the city’s vibrant and fast-growing population. Jyväskylä was one of five main prize winners in 2009, with joint second prize going to projects in Hangzhou, China and Lachen, Switzerland, while projects in Copenhagen, Denmark and Moers, Germany received ‘Special Mention’ prizes.

 

Editorial note

The city.people.light awards was created by Philips and is run in conjunction with LUCI (the Lighting Urban Community International Association). LUCI is a unique international network bringing together 95 cities and lighting professionals engaged in using light as a major tool for urban development, with a concern for sustainability and environmental issues. By rewarding and putting forward cities which share this vision of urban lighting the city.people.light award participates in making cities within LUCI - and beyond – progress towards a better use of light.

city.people.light awards 2010

city.people.light awards 2010

For further information, please contact:

Simon Poulter

Philips Lighting Communications Department

Tel: +31 40 27 55273

E-mail: simon.poulter@philips.com

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About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified Health and Well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 116,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 23 billion in 2009, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

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