Issue 118

Oct/Nov 2020

arc Oct/Nov 2020 – Issue 118

Live and kicking…
[d]arc room livestream was a huge success, all thanks to you…

There’s only one place to start with this issue, and that is to say a huge, earnest, heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you that tuned into [d]arc room livestream last month. The event surpassed all of our expectations and was, if we may say so ourselves, a huge success! You may have seen us talk about it at length elsewhere, but over the course of the three-day conference, more than 1,000 of you registered, attended talks and got involved in the interactive platform, and for that we are eternally grateful. The continuous love and support that permeates throughout lighting industry never ceases to amaze me.

Of course we couldn’t have done it ourselves, and a big thanks must also go to Light Collective for helping us pull it all together, Streeam for their behind the scenes wizardry, all of our sponsors, and speakers, for making the event truly memorable, and a bright spot in what has otherwise been a fairly dark year.

Don’t forget that all the talks are still available to view on the event platform if you would like to catch up on any you missed, and registration is still open, in case you missed the whole thing. Just head to the [d]arc room website for more info.

Moving on to this edition of arc magazine, where we go back to school with a special Education focus. I was delighted to speak with the wonderful Asst. Prof. Dr. Karolina Zielinska-Dabkowska as part of our ongoing Women in Lighting coverage (which you can find on page 56), and we also take a closer look at some great educational projects from SmithGroup, Verkis and Tillotson Design Associates.

Elsewhere, the Lighting Design Division at Swedish institue KTH this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, and as part of the build up to its big celebration, I caught up with course leaders Rodrigo Muro, Foteini Kyriakidou and Federico Favero to find out more about how the programme has grown over the past 20 years (read the full feature on page 64). I was also bowled over by the number of alumni that got in touch wanting to share their experiences as well. It’s a real testament to the school and its faculty that so many of you wanted to share your stories and memories – I can only apologise that I couldn’t fit you all in!

Enjoy the issue!

Matt Waring