These are basic and daily activities of Lighting Detectives.
In the urban lighting environment, there are lighting
heroes who bring us joy and the offenders we can hardly
stand. The glare of vending machines that exist in greater
numbers than street lamps, convenience stores’ and
gas stations’ lighted all night with white lights,
red flicking obstruction lights, illuminations and light-ups
on roadside trees, and red lanterns on food stands…
We carefully observe such situations become prevalent
in cities. We praise the heroes and put down the offenders.
Our current activities include going out observing city
lights at night with »Lighting Detectives Club«.
We also hold »Lighting Detectives Salon«,
where we present and share results of research activities
while enjoying wine.
The research activities have »Five Lighting Detectives
Rules«, which apply to our research activities:
1. Get angry with surrounding light pollution.
2. Deep and accurate observation of light on site
3. Do be impressed with artistic lighting.
4. Calmly detect inspiring lighting designs.
5. Continuously accumulate experiences in lighting.
Furthermore, there are »Seven paraphernalia«
that are crucial in research activities. Aside from lighting
meters such as the illuminance meter, luminance meter,
color temperature meter, we are equipped with notebooks,
sketchbooks, cameras, and tripods. We record what we have
noticed in detail on B6-sized cards during the detective
activities and save them as case studies. We also use
maps, magnets, and measuring tapes, and also carry our
IDs, such that people become suspicious of our activities.
2. Urban Environmental Lighting Research Activities Around the World
As a rule, a team of two people goes to cities and villages
around the world several times a year to do continuous
research. We have already covered sixty cities around
the world for more extensive research.
3. Promotional Activities Including Publication, Television and Radio
In order to promote and publicize Lighting Detectives
activities, we work on publishing the research results
in magazines, books, and broadcastings on TV and radio.
Such publications include:
Shoumei Tanteidan/SD Extra Issue, Global Urban Lighting
Design / Landscape Design, Lighting Michelin , Lightings
and Life / Living Design.
4. Educational Activities such as Seminars, Symposiums, and Exhibitions
In 1995, we held a series of lectures and practices, »Welcome
to Lighting Detectives«. We regularly invited experts
from different genres to speak on lighting culture of
different environments. We had 150-200 participants from
various fields, and it was reported on many TV programs.
We also had many large/small exhibitions. Lighting Detectives
Appears in Ginza in 1997 and A Perspective for the Tokyo
Nightscape in the Year 2050 in 1998 offered nightscape
tours, talk sessions, round table live salons, and other
events, which were very well attended.
5. Citizen Participating Event Activities
Many citizens apply to participate in our street light-up
events called »Light-Up Guerrilla«. A short-term
night light-ups are executed through detailed plans. We
quickly light up the place and photograph it. Then we
take it all apart and leave the site. The most important
thing is to get out of the place as soon as possible.
6. Information Exchange through Newsletters and Websites
We regularly publish hand-made newsletters called Tanteidan
Tsushin. Our various activities are reported on our websites.
We also started the global net called Transnational Tanteidan
and began the site: "Tanteidan.org." In December
2002, we had our first conference in Tokyo and a symposium
called »Transnational Tanteidan Forum 2002 in Tokyo«
was held. The second conference is planned for the end
of August 2003 in Stockholm.