The first was a “Lighting the Local” event, which was in turn inspired by research by the “Configuring Light” team earlier this year. It looked at on the lighting master plan for the city of Derby and examined how lighting shapes our sense of the city space, how it promotes (or not) the legibility of the city at night, and how it can be used to give a more unified and attractive sense of place at night. You can see Jo’s own blog entry on this at: http://www.configuringlight.org/#/blog/4580832126
The next seminar in the series will in February 2015. “Configuring Light/Staging the Social” is an LSE and ESRC-funded research project upon which Jo collaborates with Don Slater and Mona Sloane of the LSE.
Meanwhile, Jo was also a panelist on a design culture event as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s “Listen-Talk-Think” programme. This event asked the question: “How do fashion cycles and design culture interact?” Some fifty people attended the pubic event, which was chaired by Christopher Breward, the principal of the Edinburgh College of Art.