Outdoor lighting design as a tool for tourism development. The case of Valladolid

Abstract : Practices of outdoor illumination have dramatically changed in the last decades as functional lighting has progressively given way to a more qualitative vision of light. Its traditional role for security purposes has been progressively matched by the use of illumination for city beautification. This is now a major consideration for new lighting strategies. As a result, a growing number of European cities explicitly include the development of nocturnal tourism among the objectives of their lighting policies. However, little attention has been paid by academic research to this growing trend. Focusing on the internationally renowned lighting project " Ruta de los Rios de Luz " this research paper explores the use of lighting design for tourism purposes. Through interviews with individuals who played an important role in the project, the discussion below scrutinizes the lighting design decisions and the economic, environmental and political objectives that inspire the growing utilization of spectacular forms of illumination for tourism purposes.
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Emanuele Giordano. Outdoor lighting design as a tool for tourism development. The case of Valladolid. European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2017, ⟨10.1080/09654313.2017.1368457⟩. ⟨halshs-01577518⟩

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