We interviewed Matteo Pettinaroli, the co-founder, together with Irene Bariani, of Needle, a Milanese collective of young professionals who work in particular on public space and participatory design.
Their approach is inspired by the methods of urban acupuncture formulated by the Brazilian architect Jaime Lerner and consists in the creation of small-scale projects with the aim of revitalising not only the area of intervention itself, but also those that surround it. Needle was set up with the aim of carrying out interventions for the regeneration of urban public space that are capable of satisfying the real needs of the inhabitants, and this is why each project is defined in collaboration with municipalities and citizens. It is only through giving local communities a voice that real benefits for the city can be guaranteed.
Needle is a collective created within the Politecnico di Milano and inspired by Jaime Lerner’s Urban Acupuncture. What does this design approach consist of, and what are the main advantages over traditional urban planning?
The idea of Needle originated from an initial study into contemporary urban dynamics: renewed civil activism, an “openness” of Public Administration bodies towards the experimenting of alternative forms of planning and the large quantity of functionless, unused and derelict spaces present in cities. These themes were a starting point for us to begin working in this world, which is complex and full of opportunities and prospects. As early as the 1970s, Jaime Lerner, the mayor of Curitiba (Brazil), proposed a precise and rapid model of urban development that was capable of resolving “missing urban function” though small-scale actions capable of subsequently setting off a virtuous mechanism that revitalises the area. We admired his “experimental” approach and we are trying to put it into practice in the challenges that we are taking on and that, in our opinion, in this period can also enjoy particular attention and a series of “advantageous conditions”. Our focus is therefore on the activation of “virtuous processes” for urban regeneration. As public space is often the focus, we have developed skills that allow us to work directly with the inhabitants and entities in the area, setting up collaborative and inclusive processes that respond to the real needs of those who live or intend to live in these spaces. We then try to translate what we have identified into form, through “light” design or “tactical urbanism”; through incremental planning consisting of simple elements, semi-temporary and low-cost structures, we seek to provide a new sense to a space, overstepping the lengthy timing usually required for an urban project and offering an initial “spark” that can set off a virtuous process.
Can urban lighting be a beneficial form of acupuncture and act positively on the habitability of an area and on the well-being of those who inhabit it?
Light is considered a constructive material of space, and in cases of urban acupuncture its use is particularly important as it can form part of the “simple” actions that can, through a single “sign”, lead to a space being perceived in a different way. In the reactivation of a space, interacting with light allows for the creation of new perceptive and emotive experiences, differentiating, communicating, or allowing for the rediscovery of the context. For example, light and colour alone can be enough to provide new visibility and renewed interest for an anonymous space, whether it be a disused space, a space between buildings, a derelict area or a space to be reinvented. Through these elements and a parallel work of social animation, one can already consider this “urban acupuncture”. Good lighting in a public space marks time and, together with other interventions, can favour collective activity, relationships and behaviour.
Your design approach is based on participatory design and provides for the involvement of the local communities. How important, instead, is collaboration with professionals from other sectors in the defining of a project? Do you consider the figure of a lighting designer to be essential for the success of an intervention of urban regeneration? What are the difficulties that exist in the involvement of this figure?
Considering interventions as developing processes rather than static projects means having to take into consideration many themes - technical, social, economic, maintenance, legislative, relational between public and private sectors, programmatic, etc - that differ significantly from each other. Consequentially, dialogue between various professional figures becomes necessary. As mentioned earlier, light plays an important role in urban regeneration interventions and the figure of the light designer can be a precious resource in making sense of the many possibilities available, in order to make conscious and sustainable choices connected to the location with lighting works that differ from each other from both a technical and perceptive point of view. In a process of urban regeneration, the difficulties in terms of involvement do not concern the figure of the lighting designer in particular, but more in general the identification of the various stages, coordination, and the desire of various figures, such as technicians, citizens, associations, public and private organisations, to collaborate and work towards common goals. It is not easy, but there are already a lot of positive examples. I am convinced that this is the right path to follow, with enthusiasm and commitment.
We present our new showroom to you, a multifunctional space where organise meetings, conference calls, webinars and discover all our new products for accent, architectural and urban lighting.
On 3 and 4 November 2021 we will be at MiCo-Milano Congressi to participate in Architect@Work Milan fair trade, the exclusive event for architects, lighting designers and experts in the sector.
We are proud to introduce Poli-Sun, a solar powered luminaire developed thanks to a design cooperation between us and Suncil® Technology. It contributes to transforming urban spaces into sustainable, comfortable, recognizable and identifiable places.
We are proud to announce the partnership with Suncil®, a clean tech company based in Denmark which offers sustainable solar energy solutions for illuminating roads and infrastructures.
We are proud to announce that we have been awarded a Silver Medal by EcoVadis for our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Can light transform itself from a vision instrument to an object of vision? Can urban lighting have a social impact? How can IoT technology improve the livability of a city? We talked about it with the lighting designer François Migeon.
Poli, Dual and Sigma Street are our new proposals for the lighting of urban centres, spaces that are finally returning to life after a long period of unnatural absence and silence.
Cariboni Group has been nominated among the 800 "Champion 2020" of the Italian economy: a survey conducted by Corriere della Sera and the ItalyPost Research Centre regarding growth and economic solidity in Italian companies rewards our results
Making roads safer, more comfortable and more efficient in order to improve quality and sustainability. How? Thanks to new technology and the Internet of Things. This is the creation of the Smart Road of the future
Light + Building 2020: Cariboni Group confirms its presence in September and will be once again among the protagonists of the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology
Elegant and simple lines, elevated visual comfort, excellent colour rendering, continuous and even light distribution.
A city designed for people and not just for vehicles, in which slow mobility - pedestrian - contributes to the well-being of citizens, also through proper lighting. Our interview with Laura Bellia
Nowadays, street network design no longer focuses exclusively on the needs of drivers, but also takes into account the habitability of the areas that the streets traverse, and the well-being of the people that use them. Illumination plays a fundamental role.
Light + Building 2020: Cariboni Group confirms its presence and will be once again among the protagonists of the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology
The use of augmented, virtual and mixed reality is of particular interest in the field of participatory urban planning, particularly when dealing with choices regarding lighting
M48 Area is the ideal solution for the lighting of industrial and commercial interiors. Offering high performance and capable of responding to all lighting needs, it guarantees excellent light uniformity
WELL certification is the first building standard focused on human health and well-being. And it also includes light.
Drive-over, with uninterrupted radial emission and without the need for recessing: Grace is the grazing light solution for public and private drives and open spaces
The value of darkness in urban lighting: Bianca Tresoldi, independent lighting designer, and member of AIDI and of the APIL advisory committee, talks to us about the essential role of light and that of its opposite, darkness
Can light recount a city? At night, lighting radically changes the urban scenarios we see during the day, which means it can tell the story of a city by highlighting specific buildings and details. But not only. It can also influence our perception of place, arouse explicit emotions and determine the state of mind with which we experience them.
Kore: an orientable recessed lighting system that is ideal for both accented and diffused lighting
Osvaldo Cariboni, founder of the group, from his experiences in America to his return to Lecco and the setting up of Cariboni: a story of courage, entrepreneurship and ability.
Cities are increasingly digital, connected and smart, so light must also be intelligent, interact with users, adapt to environmental changes and respond effectively to external conditions
A traditional style with innovative LED technology, the perfect combination of the past and the future for the lighting of historical urban centres
Transforming basic lighting system structures for today and tomorrow’s Smart Cities: connectivity, data collection, service supplies... the Internet of Things passes through here
The ideal solution for motorways, extra urban roads or large areas: Kairos Medium, reliability, resistance and interconnection for smartcities.
Trail Solid Line, in the IN and ON versions, offers excellent light quality, maximum energy efficiency and reduced maintenance, and can be either fitted to ceilings or recessed in false ceilings.
The fundamental aspect of the glocal philosophy is that it places individuals, people and the community at the centre of every activity. Whether it be a single client or all the inhabitants of an urban area, the aim remains that of offering the best solution for each specific requirement.
A recessed orientable lighting system which can be installed in floors or ceilings, perfect for illuminating open areas and monuments: the versatility of Kore
Visual well-being and optical control for beam projectors and wall-washers which render the light emitting surface almost invisible: Sigma combines high performance and the utmost comfort
In order to design good lighting, it is necessary to have an in-depth understanding of the relationship between space and behaviour in order to improve the usability of areas
Urban lighting can improve even further. We believe that nowadays, all the ingredients needed to create good lighting are available, but laymen are lacking the culture of light
Cariboni is sponsoring the “Formazione in Luce” courses organised by AIDI (the Italian lighting association) and ASSIL (the Italian association of lighting manufacturers)
This year, Cariboni donated lighting to the Dynamo Vegetable Gardens, a new structure which will allow the Camp to offer special new activities for both younger and older children.
We are currently in the midst of a phase of radical changes. Innovating is paramount: customer expectations evolve, regulatory requirements become more complex and the competition increases.
The value of our lighting solutions is to be found not only in the development process but also in the ability to create synergy with the productive realities of the territory.
Cariboni Group with its partner SLF takes part in Belektro 2018, proven industry platform for new product launches. Stand 217 - Hall 2.2 at Berlin ExpoCenter City from 6th to 8th November.
Made in Italy lighting in 2017 generated an export of 2.2 billion, an increase of 1.9% over the previous year. Abroad, Made in Italy is a renowned brand, synonymous with beauty, passion, creativity, culture and quality.
A new revolution of Lighting seems to be around the corner, which is there for all to see. The LED revolution has already ended, modifying the lighting world, but the change that is about to take place is far greater and deeper.
The introduction of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) in the city thus becomes an essential social need to create an infrastructure able to offer new opportunities to use public spaces and improve the quality of life of people.
Cariboni Group presented The Geography of light, at Light + Building, the most important event of lighting and smart building held in Frankfurt from March 18th to 23rd.
From 18th to 23rd March 2018 we will be happy to welcome you at The Geography of light Hall 3.1 Booth B61, an experiential tour through the places we live every day.
On March 1, 2018 Cariboni Group was born, a group that combines the experience and expertise of two Made in Italy brands: Cariboni Lite specialized in architectural lighting and Fivep SpA dedicated to urban street lighting.
On the occasion of the 7th International Symposium dedicated to the LED Professional Cariboni group presented the research: "Impact of spectrum and color temperature of white LED light sources on circadian clock and melatonin suppression".
Cariboni group with its partner Delsana takes part in Kommunale 2017, International Trade Fair and Convention for Public Equipment, Stand 647 - Hall 9 at Messezentrum Nürnberg from 18th to 19th October.
Cariboni group renews its presence at Light Middle East 2017, organized by Messe Frankfurt, 17-19 October 2017 at stand B16 - Hall 2, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Cariboni group is responsible for the LED programme for Rome; the largest-scale substitution of public lighting currently under way in Europe, which will allow the capital to save approximately 19 million euros a year.
Cariboni group renews its presence at Light Middle East 2016, the most important exhibition in the Middle East dedicated to Lighting, organized by Messe Frankfurt from 31st October to 2nd November 2016 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (United Arab Emirates).
Cariboni group continues its partnership with Energy-Efficient Street Lighting Roadshow, project initiated by dena as part of the campaign for energy efficiency; the last stage is Regensburg.
A lantern specifically designed to house the LED technology. Colour temperature available: 4000K, 3000K and the new 2200K, the most appropriate colour temperature for old villages, old town and tourist centers that require the replacement of products with traditional high pressure sodium lamp.
Cariboni group with its partner SLF take part in Belektro 2016, proven industry platform for new product launches. Stand 116 - Hall 2.2 at Berlin ExpoCenter City from 11th to 13th October.
Ekleipsis and M48 AREA are candidates for the first edition of Archiproducts Design Awards. Until 10th October 2016 you can vote your favourite product getting an extra 10% discount to use on Archiproducts Shop.
The video contest "Riprenditi la città, Riprendi la luce" (Retake the city, film the light), organized by AIDI (Italian Lighting Association) becomes an exhibition at Fabbrica del Vapore, realized on the occasion of the XXI International Exposition, Triennale di Milano.
Cariboni group continues its partnership with Energy-Efficient Street Lighting Roadshow, project initiated by dena as part of the campaign for energy efficiency; the third stage is Karlsruhe.
Cariboni group is partner of Energy-Efficient Street Lighting Roadshow, project initiated by dena (German Energy Agency) as part of the campaign for energy efficiency sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics Affairs and Energy.
Cariboni group took part in Light + Building 2016, the most important event in the world dedicated to the Lighting, held in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) from 13th to 18th March 2016.
Ekleipsis wins the prestigious Design Plus Award 2016, organized by Light + Building and the German Design Council. Once again "Made in Italy" is synonymous with international quality.
Cariboni group and Euro-Light together for ŚWIATŁO (Light) 2016, 24th International Fair of Lighting Equipment, from 27th to 29th January 2016, stand D28 - Hall 1, at the Warsaw Centre EXPO XXI, Poland.
Cariboni group is "gold sponsor" of the third edition of the International video contest "Riprendi-ti la città, Riprendi la luce" (Retake the city, film the light), a series of short films organized and promoted by the cultural nonprofit AIDI (Italian Lighting Association) in collaboration with the Fondazione Triennale and with the patronage of important institutions such as the FAI (Italian National Trust).
Cariboni group presents Ekleipsis leaflet. The location is the charming former Italcementi cement plant of Alzano Lombardo, the product is Ekleipsis, indirect light luminaire for ceiling, surface, recess, bollard and pole installation.
Cariboni group is gold sponsor of Stadtlicht + Verkehr, the annual meeting, from 24th to 25th November 2015, where the network "LED Smart Lighting" brings together in Leipzig to discuss adaptive street lighting and urban telematics.
Cariboni group sponsored Light Design 2015, organized by ITMO University, Creative Association of Lighting Designers RULD and Higher School of Lighting Design of ITMO University, took place on 8th and 9th October 2015 at ITMO University of St. Petersburg.
Cariboni group takes part in Light Middle East 2015, the most important fair in the Middle East dedicated to Lighting sector, organised by Messe Frankfurt from 6th to 8th October 2015 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The new size SMALL X for the KAI line, protagonist of Porta Nuova Smart Community in Milan. Lighting street professional fixtures extremely compact optimized and manufactured specifically to accommodate the latest generation LED sources.
On the occasion of the International Year of Light and the 20th anniversary of ASSIL (National Association of Lighting Manufacturers) will be held at Casa dell’Energia the General Assembly of ASSIL and the public event "Conjugating energy efficiency, comfort and safety: intelligent lighting for the Well-being of people”.
Cariboni group lights up the path dedicated to urban agriculture as part of the program of Expo 2015 initiatives for "Porta Nuova Smart Community", promoted by Riccardo Catella Foundation with Confagricoltura and Fondazione Nicola Trussardi.
The second edition of the international video contest, organised by AIDI, turned to end. More than 160 videos joined the competition from all over the world.
Cariboni group won the tender for the requalification of lighting of the outer road network of the city of Milan that lead to open the way to Expo 2015.
Like in Milan, as result of the Iren S.p.a. tender award, Cariboni group lights up the green areas and the cycle paths of the city of Turin with KALOS lighting fitting.
Cariboni group is "gold sponsor" of the second edition of the International video contest "Riprendi-ti la città, Riprendi la luce" (Retake the city, film the light), a series of short films organized and promoted by the cultural nonprofit AIDI (Italian Lighting Association) in collaboration with the Fondazione Triennale.
Cariboni group took part in Light Middle East 2014, the most important fair in the Middle East dedicated to Lighting sector, organised by Messe Frankfurt from 3rd to 5th November 2014 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Cariboni group sponsored Light Design 2014, organized by ITMO University and Creative Association of Lighting Designers RULD, took place on 9th and 10th October 2014 at ITMO University of St. Petersburg.
Cariboni group took part in Light + Building 2014, the most important International fair dedicated to Lighting, which took place in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) from 30rd March to 4th April 2014.
At Spiga Street, sponsored by the Municipality of Milan Cariboni group switched on permanently the innovative smart city based on the latest "smart lighting" technologies.