The inaugural Ready Steady Light Middle East (RSL ME) competition was held in 2016. The event – which started in the UK 15 years ago and has been an annual event in the calendar of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) ever since – brings together people from all fields of the lighting industry and gives them a set time to design and deliver a lighting installation with selected luminaires and controls.
This year saw 45 competitors from organisations including Lightitude, Nathan Savage Lighting Design, Osram, Studio Lumen, Light Touch PLD, DPA and Nulty+. Each team was assigned a site at the back of the Dubai World Trade Centre to be lit and had two hours to complete designs and installation.
Team Dragon – Jessica Munaf, Chayot Kiranatawat, Susann Sonnenberg and Satish Kumar – made a clean sweep of the prizes with their Dance of the Dragon Fly: the Technical Award for the minimum use of energy and minimising light trespass, the Artistic Award for the most creative installation, and the Peer Award judged by the other competitors.
This year Light Middle East also featured Light.ication, an initiative from lighting design consultancy Light.Func to encourage education and creativity in light. Students from Herriot Watt University, Manipal University and two teams from the American University in Dubai were paired up with lighting practices in the region – CD+M, Nathan Savage Lighting, Heba Hani and DPA respectively.
The theme of the competition was Holi, the Indian festival of colour; the students were encouraged to interpret the theme with their mentors and design and deliver the installations for viewing at the exhibition. All teams used light, fabric, artwork and music to represent the festival and created stimulating installations.
The winners of the competition, Herriot Watt University were announced at the end of the 2 day conference by the Secretary and he also presented them with their trophies that evening at the Light Middle East Awards Gala.
Click here for a glimpse of the winning entry from the Herriot Watt team.