Cartagena Night Time Pilot

Cartagena, Colombia

The interdisciplinary research raised discussions for urban planning, such as historical preservation, infrastructure upgrade, cultural heritage, economic livelihood, tourism and mobility, and the pilot became a visible case study for Colombia and LATAM cities.

The neighbourhood of Getsemaní in Cartagena is a UNESCO designated world-heritage site. In 2013, Arup and its strategic partners completed a program of social research, quantitative and qualitative data collection, with the aim of developing a design strategy for the area's night time. In 2016, a pilot installation took place to activate one of the neighbourhood’s streets at night, through a community participated design process. Arup lighting designers were joined by social researchers from the London School of Economics, local mobility experts Despacio and strategic partner PLANE_SITE, among many others. The end result has proven that lighting can help transform public perception of urban spaces, while still respecting their unique history and character.


Cartagena, Columbia



Lighting Design

ARUP (Joana Mendo with Leni Schwendiger as lighting designer)