Students step forward with bright idea

A team of students have been enjoying the spotlight with an idea to help illuminate Aberdeen city centre.

The group of six from the pioneering CityLab! programme presented their proposal to Steensen Varming, the design consultancy commissioned to draft a creative lighting strategy for the “Aberdeen in Colour” City Centre Masterplan project.

“People Powered” received feedback from project leader Mijram Roos on their concept of a “fun interactive device” that would draw its energy from footsteps.

Steensen Varming has already included renewable energy and interactive systems as part of its emerging creative lighting strategy and implementation plan, which will go to Aberdeen City Councillors for consideration early next year.

Councillor Marie Boulton, who attended the presentation, said: “When developing and delivering Masterplan projects we must be receptive to the community’s feedback and input, and this is a great example of how we can tap the city’s talent and give it a platform to shine.”

Mijram Roos said: “CityLab! is an exciting initiative and it was great to see the enthusiasm and creativity of the students.”

Aberdeen in Colour is being taken forward by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Inspired, the banner under which the Business Improvement District operates.

Aberdeen Inspired chief executive Adrian Watson said: “We warmly welcome the efforts of the students involved in the CityLab! project work and encourage others to share their ideas in pushing our great city centre forward.”

CityLab! was launched two years ago and is run by Aberdeen City Council, the University of Aberdeen, and Robert Gordon University. Students from different disciplines come together to design, develop and deploy an “innovative sustainable project” that could improve the city.

People Powered is made up of Redwan Atwiri, Lisa Davison, Aimen Haleem, Susan Krueger, Willemien Meijer and Caitlin Tully.

Caitlin said: “We feel our idea fits with the City Centre Masterplan and the Light of the North concept. It could light up like a totem at night and the colours could change with the season – for example, blue for winter.”

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Photograph shows (left to right): Mijram Roos; Susan Krueger; Cllr Marie Boulton; Redwan Atwiri; Caitlin Tully; Lisa Davison; and Aimen Haleem.