• PG&E Pacific Energy Center (map)
  • 851 Howard St
  • San Francisco, CA, 94103
  • United States

Parks have a significant impact on the quality of life and value of real estate in cities, and nighttime lighting plays a key role in the success of parks and other civic spaces. As cities become denser, parks are increasingly important as gathering places and buffer zones that also provide a vital connection to nature. New lighting technology and design approaches using innovative behavioral research are valuable tools for placemaking that are resulting in exciting and inspiring projects in cities today. Lighting is a key factor in the design of parks because it can enhance the user experience by clarifying wayfinding- emphasizing walkways, focal points, and gathering places. When carefully coordinated with landscape, architecture, and urban planning, lighting improves the nighttime legibility, safety, and enjoyment of parks, and increases value by extending their useful hours.

The second in a three part series, this event features case studies of recent notable urban park projects, including the High Line in New York CIty, Leicester Square in London, and various urban infill projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jason Neches and Emily Dufner will provide a detailed look into the design process and innovative solutions in some of the most dynamic and successful park projects in the world today.


Jason Neches, Director, L’Observatoire International, New York                   

Emily Dufner, Associate Principal, Lighting Practice Leader, Arup, San Francisco                               

Clifton Lemon, IES, BrandSequence, San Francisco

Stephen Lawton, Main Street Property Services, Inc., Lafayette, CA

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Location: Pacific Energy Center (PEC) 851 Howard St, San Francisco CA


5:30 – 6:00     Networking

6:00 – 6:05     Introduction & Announcements

6:05 – 6:15     Impact of Lighting in Parks and Civic Spaces, Stephen Lawton             

6:15 – 7:00     Lighting The High Line in Manhattan: Lessons for Placemaking, Jason Neches

7:00 – 7:45     Using Research to Drive Public Lighting Design and Placemaking, Emily Dufner
7:45 – 8:00     Networking Break

8:00 – 8:30     Moderated Panel Discussion: Lighting as a Placemaking Tool for Parks 

                       Jason Neches, Emily Dufner; Clifton Lemon, Moderator


$25 Nonmembers

$20 IES & AIA Members

$10 Students and Emerging Professionals

AIA & CEU Credits available

Hosted refreshments

Contact: Clifton Lemon 415.254.7056 cliftonlemon@gmail.com