April 12, 2015, 1pm PDT
A piece from Anchorage, Alaska discusses problems that can arise when planners don't address gender-based safety. Walkable, populated, well-lit streets and transit are the best remedy.
November 24, 2014, 2pm PST
Architecture Critic Mark Lamster sets aside the complex issues of lane configurations and traffic calming to focus on a key aspect of walkability: proper lighting.
October 4, 2014, 1pm PDT
As more municipalities are shutting off lights for energy savings, technological innovations are leading the way in new lighting and paving systems to make up for these economic and environmental constraints.
August 1, 2013, 11am PDT
Strapped for cash, cities across the US have decided to save money by turning off street lights. An investigative series documents the effect of all those darkened lights on crime and economic development in San Diego - home to a $30 million backlog.
April 26, 2013, 10am PDT
The technological advances transforming "Edison’s 130-year-old industry" promise to revolutionize the way light is integrated in our homes, workplaces, and cities.
January 18, 2013, 11am PST
Neal Peirce looks at how Philadelphia has used light to help transform the image, and fortunes, of Center City.
November 18, 2012, 11am PST
In the wake of massive power outages in the Northeast, lighting designer Linnaea Tillett describes pre-industrial techniques for lighting and wayfinding that just might be worth revisiting.
May 6, 2012, 11am PDT
Morgan Clendaniel reports on a Minneapolis artistic intervention, Urban Plant Tags, that call attention to often overlooked amenities in the built environment.
March 14, 2012, 11am PDT
The Emerald City puts the streetlight of the future to the test – for both safety and feel, and the results could affect how cities everywhere are illuminated in the future, reports William Yardley.
October 8, 2010, 10am PDT
Leni Schwendinger says that cities don't pay enough attention to the way lighting effects the built environment. She's currently working on the lighting for Times Square's new pedestrianized streets.
October 16, 2009, 7am PDT
Following the success of programs in LA and San Francisco, more cities in California are making the switch to LED lights to save on energy costs and provide more sustainable street lighting.
April 6, 2009, 9am PDT
France is hoping to establish a "darkness reserve" by regulating street lighting in towns and villages near a mountaintop observatory.
October 8, 2008, 1pm PDT
John Barber laments cities' tendency to (rightfully) favor environmental consciousness over aestheticism. Low-carbon street lighting is the latest eco-trend to retrofit, and potentially blight, the streets of Toronto.