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Student Competition

Light of the future -
Urbanity of the future

What is your imagination of an urban lighting solution that enhances living in the city of the future?
Understand the developments of the future and set trends.
Develop lighting solutions that take these evolutions into account.
Give urban space the “X-Factor“!

Target Group

This assignment is mainly directed at students of architecture, interior design, design & art, urban & landscape planning, scenography, information technologies, product & industrial design, communication design, lighting design and light technologies.

Task of the Competition

Within the field of tension
The city of tomorrow offers a lot of visionary approaches that on the one hand rely on more and more complex and overlapping technologies as well as on the parameters of a globalized world, but on the other hand rely more often and more clearly on regional authenticity.
Our common vision and perception of urban areas are affected by traffic, orientation, artificial signage, safety, information transfer, acceleration and mobility. Requested are nowadays visions and solutions that give an answer to what a lighting solution will and should be in an urban space of the future. Which additional technological possibilities must luminaires deliver besides distributing light in traffic and populated space? Where do technologies and applications superimpose and intersect?
Already today, the technological change as well as our daily life has reached a velocity that requires maximum flexibility in all areas of life and technologies. This flexibility has to be permanently enhanced in order to meet the parallel growing life habits and conditions.
This situation provides the theme of the assignment. Competition entrants are invited – by using components and modules of their own choice – to design and develop flexible elements for the urban space that result in a comprehensive system and that do not only meet their functionality with their physical day and night appearance considering design purposes, but that provide the urban space with an additional sense of feeling (X-Factor) and that interpret our 24/7 life newly.
Where light becomes the medium that is able to create relations between humans, architecture, and urbanity, light becomes a medium, which in this manner modifies space into a place. Sustainable light enables to create a new consciousness, identity und quality for spaces. Meanwhile this light is stimulating connections and follows the rhythm of mankind and nature.
Interdisciplinary Groups
Competition participants are invited to build interdisciplinary teams of at least two people containing of a maximum of different fields of studies, thoughts and visions, up to a maximum of 5 group members. The materials proposed can and should also be visionary.
The desired outcome is to have submissions that move within the area bordering functionality, virtuality and architecture. Urban space and its ambiguity of real and virtual potentials are the emphasis of this competition.
Your winning submission is to be presented during PLDC 2015 in Rome. The promoter is also taking into consideration to realize appropriate submissions and individual contractual in this matter.


“Megatrends - Rapid urbanisation”
Leo Johnson, Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in England PwC, looks at following questions: The rise of the city: What does it mean and is it sustainable?
Amanda Burden on “Creating Value with Urban Open Space”
New York City Department of City Planning commissioner Amanda M. Burden talks to Urban Land magazine about the value of urban open space, how it can be a catalyst for economic development, why she created the Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award as well as how cash strapped cities can create open space on a shoestring budget.


Competition launch:15th October 2014
Competition submission:27th March 2015
Jury meeting:Early May 2015

Registration to take part in competition:
24th January 2015
Queries answered until:
24th January 2015
(The promoter reserves the right to extend the date of register.)

Competition Process

This is a single-stage competition. The best work will be selected by an independent jury. The jury consists of individuals from the specialist disciplines of architecture, lighting design, lighting technologies, urban planning and product design.


The following prizes will be awarded to those submissions appointed by the jury:

1st Prize: Participation of the winners at the PLDC 2015 in Rome (All inclusive)*
2nd Prize: The winners will be equipped with URBAN BIKES**
3rd Prize: The winners will be equipped with travel vouchers***
Special prizes: The jury is entitled to award special prizes after review of the submissions.
* Economy flight, Hotel and Travel Expenses in relation to the visit of the PLDC 2015 in Rome for a group consisting of maximum 5 people only to be booked by Hess and only after appointment of the winner(s) by the designated jury.
** Bicycles chosen by Hess in coordination with the winner(s) will be awarded for each member of the winning group but to a maximum of 5 people.
*** Travel vouchers will be awarded in the amount of EUR 200 for each member of the winning group but to a maximum of 5 people.

Competition Documentation

The competition is being announced on German-speaking and international internet platforms as well as through press releases in the German and international press channels. Competition documentation is available at as of today.
The competition documentation includes:
Declaration of copyright and eligibility (PDF, 41.76 KB)
Poster (PDF, 497.33 KB)
General Terms and Conditions (GTC) (PDF, 98.65 KB)

Registration, Submission Deadlines and Methods of Sending in Submissions

Entrants must register online by 15 th November 2014* to enter the competition, citing their name, university, name of group, subject and if applicable supervising tutor. Groups of participating students are allowed to enter the competition on their own response without being supervised by a tutor. Entrants must team up in group consisting of at least two people from preferable different course of studies up to maximum of 5 group members. Every group member needs to register must indicate their group name.
The entries must be submitted online as well as printed out by 27 th March 2015, midnight, at the latest. Please also include the signed declaration of copyright and eligibility (please see download-link of materials). The date marked by the postal stamp is valid.
Postal address
Hess GmbH Licht+Form
FAO Mr. Leslie Ade
Lantwattenstrasse 22
78050 Villingen-Schwenningen
Online Submission:
Please send your digital data in the formats printable PDF and dwg/dxf file to the following E-mail address:
We recommend submissions via services such as or
* The promoter reserves the right to extend the date of register.

Material Required

  • Format: DIN A 1 (landscape)
  • All plans, views, sections on a scale required to understand the submission
  • At least two perspectives/visualisations/collages of the external appearance or of the relations to the surroundings
  • Explanatory drawings/diagrams/pictograms Explanatory report DIN A4


DIN A1 size paper is to be used in landscape format as standard for the designs. No more than four DIN A1 sheets are allowed and all sheets are to be numbered clearly (from 1 to 4). An explanatory report is to be included with each piece of work, briefly and concisely explaining the design concept on no more than 2 DIN A4 pages. Photographs of models can be shown in the presentation plans. The competition language is English and German.


All parts of the work are to be given a code word of the entrant’s choice in the top right-hand corner, consisting out of 6 numbers and/or letters. All entries must also be supplied digital on a CD and as print out plans. These are to be labelled in the same way explained above. For ease of allocating entries to their authors, the following name conventions must be used for file identification:
The first part of the file name is the code word, followed by the title of the plan and the file format name (for example: codeword_perspectives_01.pdf). Users of Apple computers in particular are asked to pay attention to entering the file format name when saving data.


Any competition-related queries e-mailed to
until 15th November 2014 will be answered and will be available for download from the website in an FAQ.


Hess GmbH Licht + Form
Lantwattenstraße 22
78050 Villingen-Schwenningen