Projects in the City of London – How to Create Enhanced and People Focused Environments through Intelligent Lighting and Temporary Greening and Seating Measures: PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 Retrospective


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Clarisse Tavin is a Group Manager for Major Programmes and Projects at the City of London Corporation. Her expertise is in the realisation and delivery of public realm enhancement, public art and place-making strategies in a very dynamic and complex urban environment. We were delighted to introduce Clarisse as our opening keynote speaker at PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 where she discussed 2 major pieces of work that her team have been developing in the Square Mile:

  • The innovative City Lighting Strategy is the first borough wide Lighting Strategy in London and provides full and flexible control of the LED fittings. Remotely operated lighting complements the look of historic buildings, improves energy usage and helps tackle light pollution. The Strategy developed with Speirs Mayor Architecture Light looks at a shift of thinking in celebrating and balancing light and darkness. Clarisse explored how smart lighting technology can be used to provide enhanced and more flexible lighting after dark, improve the environmental impact as well as health & wellbeing, and protect wild life – without compromising on safety and security.
  • Parklets and the Greening and Seating measures delivered during the pandemic to support social distancing and businesses in making the City more welcoming as well as providing a flexible outdoor space. Clarisse explained how providing safer spaces and a welcoming environment for people walking and dwelling in the City can contribute to supporting businesses in their return to work, and the City’s post-pandemic recovery.

Clarisse highlighted the Health and Urban Lighting Advisory Board’s innovative and sustainable principles for connecting urban lighting policy and implementation with citizen health and wellbeing, and the contributions – through good practice and pilot sites – of 18 HULAB cities (the City of London and Glasgow amongst them). Her presentation also emphasised the objective of “Creating a Destination City” and case studied: ‘Culture Mile’ lighting and illuminance – Beech Street and Tunnel Array; Covid-19 ‘City Streets’ interventions – Philpot Lane, Middlesex Street, Cheapside, Creechurch Lane, Ludgate Broadway, West Smithfield; Permanent installations in the ‘City Cluster’ – Working with BIDs (Business Improvement Districts); and co-design with the local community – Moor Lane Community Garden.

If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us at Greencoat Place Conference Centre, London, for the live in-person event on July 7th, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Clarisse’s keynote).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, planners, place makers, architects, green space managers, urban designers, highways & street scene, transport & mobility and high streets & regeneration professionals from councils and local authorities (city, borough, metropolitan, district, county and combined); people and place partnerships; developers, landowners and creators of privately owned public spaces; prime contractors and city centre management companies; DfT, DEFRA, MHCLG, EA and supporting governmental bodies; transport authorities, highways agencies and public transport operators; civic organisations and community groups; and other key players from the public realm ecosystem with responsibility for managing, maintaining and operating our streets, squares, forecourts, parks, pathways, retail centres, car parks, airports, ports, travel hubs, hospitals, housing estates, campuses, communal gardens and the assets contained within these public or semi-public spaces.

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A brand new addition to our events portfolio, PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how to harness innovation, technology and data science to create the next generation of smarter spaces and places in our cities and regions. PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 will be hosted in London on 7th July 2022.


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