I attended Cityscape for the first time this year, not knowing what to expect, but excited nevertheless.
Unsurprisingly, the projects on display were fabulous and spectacular. Big models at every stand were created in the finest details. Futuristic presentations through a room created out of LED panels that transported you to a time in the future, making you feel like you are actually walking through the developments and providing a very clear idea of what the developer wants to achieve.
When I say spectacular, I refer to designs by iconic architects such as the late Zaha Hadid, and one of my personal favourites, Santiago Calatrava. Coming from an interior architecture background myself, I have done multiple case studies on these famous architects, so Cityscape was my happy place.
Even though Cityscape is more about architecture and property development, it is a great platform for networking and meeting industry professionals. It is also a great expo if you just need to be inspired.
While I truly enjoyed the beautiful designs and the details of the models, I was equally fascinated by how the recent five very short months as a lighting designer have shaped the manner in which I now look at these magnificent designs. I no longer just look at the aesthetics, materials, or negative spaces in between the solids, but rather look at how to enhance these designs and add a third dimension to literally make them shine in all their glory - by adding light. Light is, after all, the crucial element that allows these artworks to come alive in the dark.
Cityscape global was a truly unique experience and I would highly recommend that anyone from all walks of life attends, as it will inspire you regardless of your background or field of work. I will certainly attend again in 2018.
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