Join us in Going Dark in the heart of Tuscany, a workshop that specifically considers lighting design for heritage spaces that also preserves darkness and the view of the night sky.
The main objective of the workshop encompasses a living lab scenario where participants can work together on site to create concepts to share with the local municipality that demonstrate a responsible approach to lighting.
It is a chance to be part of an intimate and exclusive event that aims to promote the town, the co-existence of light, architecture and darkness proving it is possible to celebrate architectural heritage whilst also considering and therefore protecting the night sky.
The event takes place over 2 days in the Benedictine monastery, founded at the start of the year 1000 and in the village that developed around the monastery. Abbadia a Isola stands on the edge of the Via Francigena, once a busy medieval highway for pilgrims and merchants.
02/11/2023 - 03/11/2023
EUR 75 (Travel is not included)
Arrive in Monteriggioni Castle _ individual visit to the walled town
Registration at Sala Dante Alighieri , via 1 Maggio, 19, Monteriggioni. Lunch, teams and objectives presented.
Guided walk to Abbadia a Isola.
Dark immersion experience: Introductions
15.30 - 17.15
Education session including:
Introduction - Light, Humans and Architecture.
DarkSky Environment & DarkSky measurements.
Tuscany Landscape, Darkness, Flora & Fauna.
Exemplar projects, resources and case studies.
Current darkness design approaches (ROLAN).
Introduction to night activities and group workshop.
Group dinner in the monastery.
Night Actvities including:
Heritage Lighting Lab_Tower.
Star gazing and darkness measurements.
The Church Façade.
Night Sky and low light photography workshop.
20.19 Moon Rise
Group meeting for informal discussion and luminaire demos in the Iguzzini/CGL Light playground
Cakes, roast chestnuts, mulled wine and music.
00.01 Jupiter Median
00.53 Saturn Set
07.30 – 09.00
Breakfast (Hostel common room ground floor)
Concept Workshop at Conference Centre - the teams have a focussed session, sharing ideas to develop a lighting concept on the Workshop thematic. 5min presentation as output.
Conference to showcase concepts and approaches.
Presented by the teams.
Final Lunch in the courtyard portico followed by check-out and depart for Monteriggioni.
15.00 Conference for public administration (in Italian)
Education session for municipality / other interested parties.
Guided walk to night installations.
Recommended Kit List
Warm and weather proof clothing.
Boots or waterproof shoes.
Red head torch.
Sky map app.
Camera or Phone for capturing the night.
Laptop and/or sketch book for making presentation material to document thoughts for sharing.
The standard included accommodation is dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms in the monastery. If you prefer you can arrange your own alternative accommodation.
The workshop and outdoor elements of the event will still happen if the weather is raining or cold. Please come prepared for this possibility.
Lunch & dinner are provided on day one.
Breakfast & lunch are provided on day two.
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