Episode 36: Nighttime Design w/ Leni Schwendinger

Third Wave Urbanism
Dec 3, 2017 · 2 min read
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Nightlife — and light — in Amsterdam (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

The night has the power to invoke a myriad of emotions — from fear to romance, melancholy to excitement. Whatever your feelings, the fact remains that the nighttime consists of half of our time on this earth, and that means half of our time in our cities as well. What can we do to ensure that our cities are truly taking advantage of their 24-hour needs? What does it mean to design for nighttime?

In this episode we talk with Leni Schwendinger, an expert on nighttime design and Director of Nightseeing (and so much more!), on the many types of light, what to do on a light walk, and how to take a holistic look at our cities’ daily light cycles.

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Episode references:

The Nighttseeing Program:

The video of Smart Everyday Nighttime Design in action:


Intro and closing music is “Urban Life” by Gustavs Strazdin used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license:

Third Wave Urbanism

A podcast highlighting the new normal of urbanism in our…

Third Wave Urbanism

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A podcast on what we like to call the third wave of livable urbanism in the 21st century as told by two young urbanists Katrina + Kristen.

Third Wave Urbanism

A podcast highlighting the new normal of urbanism in our globalized cities, as told by two female urbanists Katrina + Kristen.

Third Wave Urbanism

Written by

A podcast on what we like to call the third wave of livable urbanism in the 21st century as told by two young urbanists Katrina + Kristen.

Third Wave Urbanism

A podcast highlighting the new normal of urbanism in our globalized cities, as told by two female urbanists Katrina + Kristen.

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