Urban Lighting Master Plans: Environmental and Sustainable Guidelines

By Diana Del-Negro and Kevin Mansfield.

Published by The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability

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Lit environments in the cities that many people live and work need to be coherent and sustainable. This has led to the development of a variety of urban lighting master plans internationally, but mixed results have been seen in terms of their implementation and impact. We suggest a template for urban lighting master plans that has the potential to produce sustainable solutions for urban lit environments. Our template has been devised after an analysis of many existing international examples including Lyon, Vienna, Gwangju, Toronto and Sydney. These examples incorporate elements relevant to sustainability, including energy efficiency, maintenance, implementation, and environmental impact (light pollution and protection of flora and fauna). These elements have been used to inform the construction of the template. The dissemination of this template to stakeholders allows the possibility of an improvement in the coherence and sustainability of our urban lit environments
*An urban lighting master plan is a strategy document that organises and defines criteria for urban lighting, addressing the nighttime image of the city and the resulting social, economic and environmental concerns.

Keywords: Urban Lighting Master Plans, Sustainability

The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, Volume 9, Issue 4, December 2014, pp.49-59. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 651.957KB).

Diana Del-Negro

Senior Lighting Engineer, Lighting Department, City Hall, Lisbon, Portugal

Diana Del-Negro is an architect and senior lighting engineer for the city of Lisbon. Her research interests are in urban lighting and architectural heritage.

Dr. Kevin Mansfield

Lecturer, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, London, UK

Kevin Mansfield has taught lighting for over 30 years at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, primarily as course director of the MSc Light and Lighting at the UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies. His research interests are in lighting appearance and lighting quality metrics.