Virginie NICOLAS

Urban lighting engineer - Concepto

Virginie NICOLAS

An urban engineer by training, Virginie NICOLAS first worked on the conception of monumental urban art pieces. As a Project Manager at CONCEPTO (a lighting design studio) since 2005, she has specialized in the lighting of complex urban spaces (railway stations, shopping malls, eco-districts, industrial sites…). She undertook a professional training course on daylight in 2012.
She has designed about twenty urban planning projects and interior and outside lighting projects, in France and abroad, and has illuminated the annual contemporary art exhibitions at the Palais des Beaux Arts since 2013.
As Vice-President of the French lighting designers’ association (ACE), she hosted a professional workshop about social lighting research issues at Place des Fêtes in Paris, with the “Configuring Light” team of LSE (London School Of Economics) in 2017. This event explored the ways in which co-design and collaborative processes could be achieved in the field of urban lighting design.

Session Title: Citizenship: resolving tensions

Together, we aim to debate on and look for answers to the societal issues at stake in the current state of our economically and ecologically over-saturated world.
Citizenship will serve as a guideline in our approach to educational and social practices committed to envisioning the future of design, of the city, and of the planet. We propose a collective reflection on the notion of individual responsibility for all stakeholders - designers, architects, sociologists, urban planners - in order to find solutions to create new patterns of life.
Three languages:
-Together: For education and transmission
-Together: Towards a new participative and collaborative approach
-Together: Towards social ecology as a concrete objective in offering future generations “feasible utopias” which are effective.
Three guidelines for resolving conflicts:
-To get “where”? The question of mobility.
-To get “where”? Redefining growth.
-To get “where”? Towards the creation of new systems.