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Successful start for ‘Liveable Cities’ at the Serpentine Pavilion

18 November 2010 11.00 GMT

(UK) - At the invitation of WE-EF Lighting in the UK; lighting designers, landscape architects, architects, urban planners and journalists discussed the meaning of sustainability for the urban living space.

Jean Nouvel‘s temporary pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens was the venue for Breakfast at the Serpentine Pavilion - a gathering of London’s lighting, architectural and urban design fraternity. In a relaxed breakfast atmosphere the guests were introduced to the theme of Liveable Cities by Robert Diedrich, responsible for strategic marketing at WE-EF and lighting designer and author Phil Gardner (Greyblue Lighting Design, UK). Behind Liveable Cities is an interactive knowledge and ideas pool for sustainable and liveable cities. Conceived as an online handbook, Liveable Cities is part of the WE-EF website, which was presented to the public for the fi rst time at Frankfurt‘s Light+Building 2010. With Liveable Cities, WE-EF wants to deepen and communicate the group of themes pertaining to sustainability in all its diversity. This includes social, economic and ecological aspects. It is WE-EF’s ambition to replace the one sided message with dialogue for all parties involved in the planning, design and implementation of sustainable lighting strategies to public spaces.

Theoretical questions about the sustainability of the urban design solutions were discussed as well as practical solutions and suggestions for an effi cient and at the same time artistically appealing city lighting strategies. An important goal of the Liveable Cities concept by WE-EF is to expand the existing knowledge and share this with everyone involved. For WE-EF this means following a continual learning process, listening and asking the right questions and entering into an active dialogue with all interested parties.

The Liveable Cities presentation in London is the start for future events and workshops, which WE-EF is planning on the theme of sustainability for the future.


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