Exhibition: Nightscape 2050- Talk Session II

Session II’s theme will be a look into Singapore’s nightscape in the year 2050 – the underlying theme of the Exhibition.

How do we interact with lighting in the year 2050?
What will the future of lighting be like in Singapore?

This discussion is based on the future nightscape proposals from Students of 5 colleges/universities in Singapore –
National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and LASALLE College of the Arts.

Title: “Singapore’s Nightscape - past, present and future / Session II"

Guest speaker:

Mr. Michael Lee (Artist)

Mr. Kaoru Mende (Principal, Lighting Planners Associates)


Dr. Lai Chee Kien
Adjunct Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (Architecture and Sustainable Design pillar)
And students that have participated in the workshop

Venue: National Design Centre 1F Atrium
Admission: Free; attendance needs to be registered at singapore@lighting.co.jp



Kaoru Mende was born in Tokyo in 1950. In 1990, he founded Lighting Planners Associates Inc. The scope of his design and planning activities ranges widely from residential and architectural lighting design to urban and environmental lighting. Mende is also the acting chief of the “Lighting Detectives”, a citizens’ group that specializes in the study of the culture of lighting.

Mende has been involved in such superb projects as Tokyo International Forum, JR Kyoto Station, Singapore City Center Lighting Master Plan, Alila Villas Uluwatu, Aman New Delhi and Façade lighting for Tokyo station.

Books Mende has authored include “Transnational Lighting Detectives” (Kajima Publishing), “LIGHTING DESIGN for Urban Environments and Architecture” (Rikuyosha), “Designing with Shadow”(Rikuyosha), “The Light Seminar” (Kajima Publishing), “LPA 1990-2015” (Rikuyosha), and many other.


Michael Lee is an artist, curator and publisher based in Berlin and Singapore. He researches urban memory and fiction, especially the contexts and implications of loss. He transforms his observations into objects, diagrams, situations, curations or texts.


Lai Chee Kien is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (Architecture and Sustainable Design pillar). He graduated from the National University of Singapore with an M Arch. by research [1996], and then a PhD in History of Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley [2005]. His publications include A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur, 1957-1966 (2007), Cords to Histories (2013) and Through the Lens of Lee Kip Lin (2015). He researches on histories of art, architecture, settlements, urbanism and landscapes in Southeast Asia, and is also a registered architect in Singapore.

Fri Nov 13, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM SGT
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Venue Address
111 Middle Rd, 188969 Singapore
5 mins walk from Bugis Junction MRT station / Opposite National Library Singapore
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