Reframing the Relations of Media, Knowledge, and Innovation in Society
Edited By Hubert Knoblauch, Mark D. Jacobs and René Tuma
The Case of Berlin Gas Street Lighting:Translating Engagement into Innovation
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The Case of Berlin Gas Street Lighting: Translating Engagement into Innovation
On a cold Friday evening in November 2012, a group of people assembled in a small street in Berlin-Kreuzberg to evaluate an innovation. The journalists and the camera team of a local TV station had come on foot at the invitation of the Senate Administration. The purpose of the press event was to compare five brand-new street lamps with the existing public lighting. The new LED illumination had been installed in the preceding days on one side of the street, mimicking the original pole-top gas-powered lights on the opposite side. The purpose of the event was to demonstrate in public that the LED imitation and the original gas light were almost indistinguishable and would not change the atmosphere of the street after dark.