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.
The moment for the demonstration was well chosen. For the following day, several citizens’ movements that fight for the preservation of the gas light in West Berlin had announced a demonstration in Berlin-Charlottenburg. The protest against the removal of the outdated infrastructure has grown stronger since the end of the gas light era has approached. In 2007 the Berlin parliament decided that all street lights in Berlin should be electrified. Replacement started in spring 2012 and is still under way. So is the protest, which has been accompanied by a great deal of media attention.
The public indignation about...
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