Lights Up on PLDC 2019

The event on Lighting Design continues in the Architecture City of Rotterdam

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Lights Up on PLDC 2019
08/07/2019 - The new edition of the Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC 2019 will be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands from 24. – 26. October, 2019.  

Breaking with the tradition of staging the Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC in a capital city, the organisers have defined Rotterdam as the location for the next European edition. Rotterdam has evolved from an insider tip for connoisseurs of modern architecture to a buzzing modern metropolis with a seemingly unlimited supply of cultural attractions and innovation hubs. Home to the largest port in Europe, the city’s maritime and industrial background blends perfectly with its excellent accessibility – Schiphol Airport is less than an hour away.

Merging masterminds – makes absolute sense
The future depends on our ability to cooperate and how well we can manage to bring the right people with the right know-how together to create the right team. Modern-day society expects more of architects, lighting specialists and manufacturers than ever before. Which is why it is necessary for a team of dedicated professionals to redefine the quality of lighting design in architecture. Good architecture has more than three dimensions and can no longer be realised on a “me only” basis. It is about bringing together the expertise of the professionals required to realise and optimise a project. The motto of PLDC 2019 in Rotterdam, merging masterminds, was purposefully chosen to encourage discussion on, and the implementation of, new ways of cooperating on architectural projects. To this day, architects, lighting designers, programmers, sociologists, media experts, researchers, manufacturers and clients only see the challenges we need to face, but have no conclusive solutions for the future at the ready. This is the point at which PLDC 2019 in Rotterdam will be taking steps, and encouraging reflection and discussion on forward-looking approaches to appropriate and meaningful cooperation.

Based on the proven success of the PLDC concept, the convention will again be built around a three-day professional conference offering around 80 professional papers given by high-profile speakers from the world of lighting design, architecture, research, city planning, daylight design and other related professions.

Three tracks will be offering traditional 45-minute presentations, the Research track repeat the new format of 20-minute scientific papers, including both Lighting Application Research and R+D, as in 2017, in the Paris edition. The convention will also include invited Keynote Speakers, a manufacturers’ exhibition, pre-convention meetings, excursions to lighting / architectural projects, social events, moderated discussions, the final round of The Challenge, self-running electronic poster presentations, and a Gala Dinner during which the Professional Lighting Design Recognition Awards will be given for outstanding achievements in Architectural Lighting Design. PLDC offers further and continuing education in the field of lighting design and the presentation of cutting-edge technologies. PLDC 2019 will comprise the next chapter in a history of successful conventions.

In Paris in 2017, PLDC registered altogether over 2160 attendees from more than 72 countries. The Professional Lighting Design Convention is recognised as the Thought Leadership Event for the lighting design community worldwide, bringing together key players not only from the lighting design world, but also from related professional fields, merging masterminds and representing the interdisciplinary character of the market and modern-day requirements.

The overall goal is to establish the lighting design as a profession in its own right. Given the shift on the market and within the field of technology, VIA-Verlag is prepared to take a further step, and responsibility, to reach this goal.

As part of this development, it is necessary to provide a professionally structured CPD programme and organise an international community to represent the profession and provide guidance for the CPD programme with regard to content. As of 2019, VIA will launch the PLD©PD website, which allows designers to continue to develop their professional knowledge and skills and document their learning progress accordingly.

The Challenge 2018/19 edition:
After the great success of two editions of The Challenge, the new edition promises to discover more new talents in the coming ten months. The Challenge is a talent promotion project in the form of a speaker competition in four rounds. Participants can be students or recent graduates embarking on a career as a lighting designer. The goal of the programme is to activate more students and recent graduates from more schools to interact with each other, learn from each other and from experienced professionals, and become a more accepted part of the lighting design community. Learn more about The Challenge and the successful concept of the competition and see which universities are on board to date.Lights Up on PLDC 2019

Lights Up on PLDC 2019

Lights Up on PLDC 2019

Lights Up on PLDC 2019

Lights Up on PLDC 2019

Lights Up on PLDC 2019

Lights Up on PLDC 2019

Lights Up on PLDC 2019

Lights Up on PLDC 2019

Lights Up on PLDC 2019

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