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The 2010-2011 Concept Lumière Urbaine (CLU) Contest

The Concept Lumière Urbaine (CLU) contest proposes to question our traditional ways of providing light to the great population. The CLU Foundation wants to give a new meaning to Public lighting and to sensibilities humanity to take advantage, to share and to take ownership of all available lighting.

The boundary between street lighting and the end user can disappear to become the service point of lighting to the community. Public lighting is a response to the needs of human beings, and your solutions will be the answer.

The challenge is to design lighting solutions that can be shared and meet the most daring expectations. More than $5,000 in grants and distinctions!

Objective

With this contest, the CLU Foundation wishes to give new meaning to public lighting and provoke the emergence of sensitivity to the need of mankind to benefit from the available light, to share and take ownership. The boundary between street lighting and the user can disappear to become the service point of luminous energy to the whole community. Public lighting is a response to the needs of human beings, and your solutions will be the answer.

The theme of the 2010-2011 contest is: Light it for Humanity.

The challenge this year is to design lighting solutions that can be shared and meet the most daring expectations:

  • A central gathering point
  • A Source and connection accessible to the entire community
  • A Realization that supports the vitality of social exchange
  • A viable alternative to the use of other fuels (gasoline, wood, etc.).
  • An economical design with regard to materials and components (3R), that is also aesthetically and culturally meaningful

Prizes

  • First Prize: $2,500 or a 12 weeks training course with the industrial design and engineering teams of Philips Lumec.
  • Second Prize: $1,500
  • Third Prize: $1,000

Rules

  • Students, interns or individuals involved in a domain related to exterior lighting are eligible to enter.
  • Upcoming professional practices – must have five (5) years or less experience and not more than five (5) employees for a firm project or as an individual.
  • The project must clearly demonstrate its level of innovation in using light as a phenomenon, audacity in its technical choices and environmental respect in determining their goals or design criterias.
  • As a suggestion, projects may refer to the following subjects:
    • Layout of public exterior spaces;
    • Objects or luminous systems for these spaces;
    • Advancement of the general knowledge concerning exterior lighting;
    • Development of the collective consciousness pertaining to a quality exterior lighting;
  • The selected projects must be in the last three (3) years.

How to enter?

First, complete the inscription form on the official website. Then submit your project by email before 2 May 2011 to lumec.marketing [at] philips.com (please replace [at] with @).

Make sure you read all the instructions on the official website before submitting your entry.