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Bring the Light Home

  • Added: 17/10/16
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Raise awareness about benefits of daylight; Use sensors & data to drive action & policy change

Overview

Bring the Light Home recognises that light is the most important sustainer of life on earth and has a critical role for our health and well-being. The project argues that more attention should be given on access to daylight in our home environment, and proposes to utilise technological infrastructure currently available - particularly sensors in smartphones - to support a citizen-driven initiative with an aim of facilitating engagement with issues associated with daylight in residential buildings. The project focuses on the citizens of a city to harness their collective intelligence as means to provide input, and drive action to ensure sustainable housing developments.

Bring the Light Home provides an opportunity for citizens of Milton Keynes to use new technologies in ways that will allow them to gain awareness about an important issue that impacts on their quality of life. It will engage citizens with data that will be generated in their everyday settings, and support them to not only share this data but also to use it as a resource for an intervention that will influence decision-makers regarding future residential developments in their city, especially in light of Milton Keynes experiencing a rapid growth and targeting continued expansion over the next decade. The overall aim of the Bring the Light Home project is to research how to facilitate citizens’ engagement with web and mobile technologies in ways that allow them to understand, contribute and steer developments related to their local environment through community action. In particular the project has the following objectives: i. to examine citizens’ engagement with the online platform nQuire-It platform; ii. to support citizens to gain awareness and engage with concepts associated with their built environment; iii. to empower citizens to meaningfully explore data they generate themselves, and to develop skills to use this effectively to drive community initiatives; iv. to develop partnership work with key partners in MK (e.g. MK Council) and address policy change related to residential developments and the rights to light regulations; v. to investigate the scaling up of activity from drop-in sessions to provision of longer term and sustained creative activities with a range of local communities and organisations across MK.

Project Team

Dr Koula Charitonos: Project Leader

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