Werribee is the heart of the fastest growing council in Australia. Werribee’s City Centre is a unique location and is a mix of old and new. The City of Wyndham have set a bold plan for the city heart.
With a local connection to the city, Citelum offered to undertake some pro-bono work for the City by partnering with a small community engagement firm Nabru Urban to help Citelum deliver its unique sociology public lighting study.
Nabru Design is a collaborative partnership between three passionate graduates who have just completed studying at RMIT University. With various professional experiences in design research, private landscape practice, and local government planning and urban design, we seek to engage with emerging urban issues. This direction drives Nabru Design to interrogate the local and reveal opportunities that can be projected across multiple scales.
We call this service Sensilum® because it takes away all the technicalities associated with lighting and asks the people who use the urban space, what they really think, what they feel, how do they see the urban space. We film and collate the information before we prepare our lighting masterplan to ensure we adequately understand what the people feel about the space we design. To see the full responses, watch the You Tube Link here
As part of the collaboration between the company and the sociologist to conduct a sociological analysis of urban lighting, the sociologist brings the experience and know-how in the application of urban space analysis methods (physical form, perception of locations, user experience) to urban lighting development projects, with a view to transforming these spaces.
The company, brings its experience in public lighting management in order to better integrate the various design and project management constraints inherent in this kind of project.
About the Study Area
The area focussed on Watton Street in Werribee and included a series of street interviews and tabulating of the responses about what people felt about the space and the urban night time activities. Here are some of the responses:
‘Where people are moving around the lighting has to be stronger and that’s what makes a place safe’
‘There are trees that run the entire length of the main street and if the trees had lights, it would really improve the atmosphere’
‘Lights should be in the carpark and along the streets when its dark, and more in public spaces’
We then scaled the responses to see which areas deserved greater attention than the other.