“When nothing is certain, anything is possible. The complex world we are moving into requires economies of learning and robustness.” A great quote from John Sanei, futures strategist, human behaviour specialist and best-selling author who was recently speaking at a virtual conference held by construction software company RIB CCS – #futurenow – which explored the urgent need for the engineering and construction industry to embrace digitalisation to remain relevant and future-proof their businesses.
He stressed the need for organisations to move beyond economies of scale and mass efficiency and recalibrate themselves for what is coming: uncertainty. “To prepare for uncertain times, we need to develop robust business models and structures that allow for experimentation and to see what grabs and what doesn’t grab.”
“I continue to be astounded by the complete lack of detailed knowledge about the technical aspects of lighting, new lighting technologies and other associated technologies and controls in South Africa.” These are the words of Philip Hammond in Lighting in Design’s sister publication, Sparks Electrical News. He continues; “The general attitude towards these aspects in South Africa is very poor compared to the attitude of our international students. In fact, my associates and colleagues from The Institution of Lighting Professionals in the United Kingdom and of those at The International Association of Lighting Designers in the USA and throughout the world, are so far ahead that I am continually inspired by them.” This is unsettling news.
Elsewhere in the first issue of Lighting in Design for 2021 we see how Starbucks goes about lighting its stores; visit a village-style retail centre with ‘countryside’ lighting in Johannesburg, an office block with curves (and lighting) in all the right places in Cape Town and talk to Greg Segal about lighting the Hazendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. Furthermore, façade lighting, office design trends for 2021 and the latest lighting news round up the issue.