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Singapore Night Walk No.3: Parks - Singapore Botanic Gardens

Description
What is this?: A walk organized by a group of professional lighting designers who are passionate about raising awareness on our present lighting environment.

Area Synopsis: Established in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was positioned to be a landscaped ornamental garden and leisure park instead of solely for horticultural purposes, after previous failed attempts in Fort Canning Hill (aka Government Hill). It has since grown and passed its 150th anniversary, and marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 4th July 2015.

What will we be doing?: Put on your detective cap and raise your magnifying glass! We will be on the hunt for the heroes and villains of light in our backyard UNESCO park and creating a dialogue on the impact of lighting on nature and in landscape areas.

Who to attend: People who are interested in seeing the Singapore Botanic Gardens in a different light (aha!) and want to be part of the active dialogue of what contributes to a good lighting environment. We welcome people from all walks of life to participate in this walk.

Area covered: Starting at the RISIS Gardens Shop and ending with a wrap-up discussion at the Tanglin Gate.


Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Date: Thursday 11 October 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Meeting point: Outside the RISIS Gardens Shop at 1 Cluny Road
What to bring: Yourself, a camera (camera phones are sufficient), note-taking materials and an umbrella in case of wet weather.
Number of spaces: 15-20
Fee: Free (registration is on a first-come-first-served basis)

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About the Lighting Detectives: The Lighting Detectives is a non-profit group founded in 1990, dedicated to the study of lighting culture through practical methods, mainly by engaging in fieldwork. Cities throughout the world are filled with light. With rapidly developing economies in the 21st century, our society becomes brighter and brighter, which makes the night safe and provides a highly energy-efficient lighting environment. However, terms such as “light pollution” and “loud lights” are now used to describe the lit environment. Has this increase in light actually provided us with more pleasant nights?

We go to places where light is found and observe, detect, and gather experiences to understand lighting on a deeper level. We leave our books behind and go out into the streets where physical examples of lighting are found. Natural light teaches us many wondrous ideas/techniques, and from street lighting, we learn the reality of the properties of light. With new discoveries, we continue to feel both excitement and anger. This feeling led to the emergence of a curious group called The Lighting Detectives.

Please visit our website for more information: http://shomei-tanteidan.org/


The Search for Heroes and Villains - the Pleasure of Night Walks: We go out into the city and closely examine the light environment as it is. Observation is extremely important to the Lighting Detectives precisely because theory alone does not provide a sufficient basis for the discussion of the light environment. When one beings to study activities as a Lighting Detective, one realises that opposite values coexist in today's light environment. there is both "heroic light" that affects us profoundly and "criminal light" that should evoke indignation and censure.

the mission of the Lighting Detectives is to search for a better relationship between humanity and light by praising heroes and censuring villains. However, there is a fine line separating entities. A hero to some may be seen as a villain to others. It all depends on the age, sex and nationality of the observer and the period in which the observation is made.

We go to places where light is found and observe, detect, and gather experiences to understand lighting on a deeper level. We leave our books behind and go out into the streets where physical examples of lighting are found.
Thu Oct 11, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM SGT
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Singapore Botanic Gardens
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Detective FULL
Venue Address
1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569 Singapore
Organizer
Singapore Lighting Detectives
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