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Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC 2017

Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC 2017


The Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC 2017 will be held in Paris, France from 01. – 04. November, 2017.

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PLDC 2017 venue confirmed!

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The Challenge 2016/17 edition:

After the great success of the first edition of The Challenge, the new edition promises to discover more new talents in the coming 18 months.

Learn more about The Challenge and the successful concept of the competition and see which universities are on board to date. ((

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About PLDC

PLDC 2017 will mark a further step in the pursuit to gain official recognition of the architectural lighting design profession. The chosen location for this event will be Paris, the most visited city worldwide!

The French capital looks forward to playing a significant role in supporting PLDC 2017, and the PLDC organisers will be cooperating with key persons in the Paris Municipality to take the event to a new level. Paris was one of the first cities to start using street lights during the Great Exhibition of 1889, and was promptly referred to as the City of Light. The city fathers now have the chance to regain the title in the modern sense as the "City of Light 4.0". By the year 2020, Paris is planning to change its public lighting system radically. In future, more emphasis will be placed on the needs of pedestrians and cyclists.


What is PLDC?

Based on the proven success of the PLDC concept, the convention will again be built around a three-day professional conference offering around 70 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 will adopt a new format comprising 20-minute scientific papers, including both Lighting Application Research and R+D. A Call for Papers will be issued in September 2016. 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, lighting installations in the City of Paris 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 2017 will comprise the next chapter in a history of successful conventions.

Bringing together the Professional Lighting Design community

PLDC 2017 is expected to attract more than 1700 attendees from all over the world. Professionals from different fields of practice and research will be coming together to discuss and exchange ideas, approaches and concepts. This international and interdisciplinary understanding of lighting design supports the continuing process to gain recognition for this specialist discipline and for the profession as a whole. Strategic partnerships are in preparation. The motto of the 6th PLDC will be "Shift happens!" – pointing to the dramatic changes on the lighting design landscape, the impact of digital technologies, and the processes the design community will have to undergo to adjust to changing conditions. Substantial changes are anticipated in the public realm with regard to structural reorganisation. Lighting programmes in towns and cities in future will be addressing issues such as atmosphere and energy savings to the same extent.


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Tel. +49 - 5241 - 307 26 - 12
Fax. +49 - 5241 - 307 26 - 40

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Published Date
July 1, 2016