|SIB, due to be held at Rimini Fiera from 13th to 16th March 2004, will be consolidating lighting's new technical sectors. Alongside the huge selection of lighting for entertainment and events, the Rimini expo will also showcase the most innovative ideas and products for showing buildings and environments of great historical and social importance.
Architectural lighting design has received a considerable boost at international level and is becoming increasingly important in Italy, too. Addressing monuments, museums and places of worship as well as shopping centres, sports complexes and showrooms and spreading into new municipal application areas, as is confirmed from its privileged observatory by the Associazione Professionisti dell'Illuminazione, (Association of Lighting Professionals), whose members include Italy's key experts in lighting design.
"From its original functions of a celebrative nature, above all for religious and other celebrations, and for practical and safety use for the population's night-time activities, nowadays architectural illumination has assumed a qualifying role: when properly illuminated, areas become enjoyable meeting places for the community", explains APIL Chairman Pietro Palladino. "While counties like Great Britain and France have an age-old lighting tradition, so professional lighting design is already deeply rooted, lighting design is relatively recent in the architectural field in Italy and meets considerable difficulty in obtaining proper recognition, even if it's gradually becoming established and spreading. The most receptive area is definitely that of cultural property (museums, churches and monuments in general)."
"New prospects in architectural illumination, including Italy's, no longer only regard individual buildings, but entire municipal systems, as can be seen from the lighting plans in Lyons and Paris", explains Palladino.
As far as the products used most frequently are concerned, generally speaking there's no clear preponderance of Italian or European fixtures, but the choice depends rather on the fields of application - interior or outdoor, technical or decorative", comments the APIL Chairman. "From the point of view of manufacturing progress, this is mainly heading in two different directions: increasingly economic products for all-round use on one hand, and others which are more and more specialized and sophisticated, but also more expensive, on the other".