City Lights
Three finalists have been selected from a group of 201 anonymous submissions to move to stage two of the Departments of Transportation and Design and Construction City Lights competition for a Manhattan street light (Jan/Feb 2004, page 11). The finalists are Atelier Imbrey Culbert of New York City; the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill; and Thomas Phifer and Partners also of New York City. Three alternates have also been announced: Staubach + Kuckertz Architekten, Berlin; and Christoff: Finio Architecture, and Leni Schwendinger Light Projects, both of New York City. The finalists will submit designs by September 17 and a selection will be announced in October 2004.

It's Your LightBryan Johnson, an industrial design student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, won Luraline's third annual 'It's Your Light' competition. His entry 'CenterLine' was selected from more than 100 submissions. This year, students were asked to design an outdoor parking lot or garage luminaire. Johnson's solution pays special attention to public safety, as he explains in the award announcement, 'The inspiration for CenterLine stems from the idea of added security and safety for poorly lit parking lots and public garages. The design is styled so the internal fluorescent bulbs cast light between individually parked automobiles from the ground or wall.' Johnson received a $1,500 cash prize.

Lighting For TomorrowTo encourage development of high-design energy-efficient residential lighting fixtures, the American Lighting Association, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency and the U.S. Department of Energy created the Lighting for Tomorrow competition. Winners of the two-year, two-stage submission and selection process were announced on May 17 at the American Lighting Association's annual conference in Tucson, Arizona. The $10,000 grand prize was awarded to Salem, a chandelier by Stephen Blackman, director of design and product development for Illinois-based American Fluorescent Corporation. Three fixtures tied for second place: Soli by Lightolier, Torch by Forecast, and BetweeN2ShapeS by Soren Momsen and Royal Scandinavia. The winner of the Technical Innovation Award was PowerLux by PowerLux Corporation. Over 100 designs were submitted for the first judging cycle in 2003, and from that pool, 18 entrants were asked to submit prototype and production fixtures. New and existing fixture designs in seven categories were eligible. It is open to professional lighting designers and manufacturers, and to students in partnership with a manufacturer or lighting designer. The organizers are considering if the competition should be an annual event.