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CLUE competition edition 05

Light and disruption: exploring the role of light in emergencies


In the modern world, complexity and uncertainty seem ever-present. How do we maintain relative order and a sense of calm? We rely on the power of inter-connectivity. When different systems, processes and people work seamlessly in conjunction with one another, that is when our towns and cities flourish.

But what happens when something goes wrong?
Conflict, disruption and environmental changes can leave us vulnerable, but we're never entirely powerless. This forms the challenge of CLUE edition 05: to explore how light can help to prevent challenging situations and crisis or manage emergencies when they occur. In testing circumstances, how can we unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world?

During an incident or emergency, it's understandable that confusion, disorientation and even panic are likely responses. That's why, in this edition, we are asking young students and professionals to imagine the ways in which lighting can make a difference - big or small.

We encourage contributors to think of prevention - how illumination can help to anticipate and address problems before they even start - as well as the way in which it might assist during an incident. How can light help the people affected by a crisis? What role can it play in aiding emergency responders? And how can it help in the aftermath of an incident?

The particular situation you want to tackle is entirely up to you. What can you bring to the table?

CLUE 05 competition launch: January 15, 2019
Deadline for questions: November 25, 2019
Deadline for registration: December 8, 2019, 23:59 (GMT-5)
Deadline for project submission: December 9, 2019, 23:59 (GMT-5)
Judging of proposals: January 28, 2020
Publication of winners: February 6, 2020

Winners will be selected from all eligible submitted projects. Prizes will be awarded on merit by an international jury composed of professionals in the fields of design and urban planning. Prizes will be distributed as followed on the jury’s discretion.
1st prize - $5,000
2nd prize - $2,500
3rd prize - $1 000


Mike Simpson, Global Design Lead, Signify Lighting; Lee Barker-Field, Head of Lighting Design, AECOM; Regina Santos, Associate Director & Lighting Designer, Godwin Austen Johnson; Sylvia Bistrong, President, ISP Design; Kenneth Douglas, Principal, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design; Marcelo Coelho, Professor & Designer, MIT & Computation Designer Vesna Petresin, Trans-disciplinary artist and researcher


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