Project information

ADAPTIVE URBAN LIGHTING algorithm aided lighting design -research project

Period Jan 1, 2011 – Dec 31, 2013


  • Switching to energy efficient light sources in urban lighting (EuP-directive 2005/32/EC)
  • LED lighting is dynamically controllable in its intensity, light distribution and colour
  • With the new technology, it is possible to create intelligent lighting systems that adapt to changes in environmental conditions, react to user actions, sensors, trace data, SMS messages, etc.
  • Possibility to utilize the trace data produced by the UBI Urban projects
  • The city is in a constant state of change, to which the traditional, static urban lighting cannot respond



Intelligently controlled lighting in urban context, which is designed on the basis of multidimensional environmental experience of urban space inhabitants, especially pedestrians.



Responds to northern natural lighting conditions and climate?




Reacts to events and attracts citizens to social interaction and to participate in activities?




Adapts to inhabitants’ individual needs, e.g. supports seeing and navigation?




Supports inhabitants’ biological well-being?



Increases the sense of security in urban surroundings?






Increases the pleasantness and experiential quality of urban environment?













Is actively controllable by the inhabitants?





Saves energy?





  • To define the concept of ‘adaptive urban lighting’ from an experiential point of view, as the basis for the lighting design of urban environments.
  • To research and develop methods for applying algorithms in lighting design for adaptive urban lighting, in its different design stages.
  • To research and experiment in practice different ways of implementing intelligent, reactive urban lighting.
  • To research how adaptive lighting is experienced in urban context.
  • To research how adaptive lighting influences the inhabitants’ movements and actions in urban context.


State-of-the-art survey

Scenario work: thematically structured and designed visions of possible futures

Living Lab lighting demos:

  • Temporary lighting installations in various urban environments
  • To study the design of adaptive urban lighting, its implementation, effects and user experiences
  • Different thematical starting points for adaptation
  • Development and implementation of algorithmic design methods in practice
  • Trace data from UBI Urban project

Research progresses iteratively, in annual cycles, for three years

Synergy with parallel research projects:

  • UBI Metrics multidisciplinary frame of reference for the evaluation of ubiquitous technology in true urban context:
    • The objective is to understand and theorise the sociocultural context of ubiquitous systems (Cultural Anthropology Metrics)
    • To develop an urban space analysis and evaluation methods for ubiquitous urban environments (Urban Design Metrics)