Just an introduction

The nocturnal city we are talking about is not that which expands only its time for amusement, and thus the opening times of its bars, discothèques and nightspots, dividing attitudes between those who enjoy the economic benefits and those who decry the implications for residents’ social habits and the use of city spaces.

A good night economy means a regulated, planned and strategic offer of different opportunities. This is a fundamental starting principle for all the considerations offered here by lighting designers who have been operating internationally for many years and have kindly agreed to illustrate their points of view or to tell their experiences in the pages of Arredo & Città.

Lighting is seen as a fundamental tool for making the city more attractive and livable. Another interesting aspect emerging from the various articles is that lighting designers do not have ready-made recipes because there is no ‘absolute’ definition of good lighting. A professional figure’s principal activity must be knowledge/awareness of the aspects of the zone in which they are operating.



Raffaella Bassi
Night time economy. Just an introduction

Piero Castiglioni
City lights

Susanna Antico
The city after sunset. Reflections on implementing the Lighting Masterplan

Teal Brogden, Michael Lindsey, Carlos Madrid III, Sam Elders
The optimism of light: a conversation

Seren Dincel
Darkness is not limited to night. Lively urban environments in nordic cityscapes

Sebnem Gemalmaz
Cities with endless stories

Karolina M. Zielinska-Dabkowska
Knowing when to say no

Elettra Bordonaro, Don Slater
Place make-up or place making?

Isabelle Corten
Guerilla lighting: a social revival tool?

Bianca Tresoldi
Light and art: an aesthetic revolution of daily life