Days are short at the tropics, and the vision for Recreo de Noche (RDN) is to provide multiple Puerto Rican communities with lit playgrounds for use after sunset, in an effort to address the immediate recreational and social needs of residents who are deprived of adequate public lighting and until longer-term utility and infrastructure projects are developed and implemented.
Recreo de Noche is a replicable initiative that entails collaborative processes between teams of volunteers, local organizations and local communities. For each project, the lighting layout will be determined by the local users while volunteers will provide guidance by means of public discussions, participatory workshops and hands-on assistance.
Solar lighting is well suited for the project’s vision and mission: it allows for the flexible relocation of equipment based on the evolution of renovation and development efforts.
The lighting equipment procured for each Recreo de Noche project will be property of the partnering local community organizations and constituents.
Each project comprises the following lighting equipment:
5 solar streetlights: these are stationary lighting fixtures that will be installed to provide illumination on the playgrounds
10 solar kits: these are lighting systems that include one solar panel and battery and multiple light sources, and they can be installed flexibly along access points to the playgrounds
50 portable lights: these are small portable lights that can be distributed to school children or other community constituents to facilitate their access to and from the playground to their homes.
After the implementation of a pilot project in the fall of 2018 (RDN1), the model will be reproduced throughout Puerto Rico.
PhoScope developed the project’s mission and vision and will provide continuous support in the form of research, resources and advice and serve as a training and advising platform for all RDN projects.
Recreo De Noche 1: RDN1 (Pilot project)
Site: Caño Martín Peña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Team: Lighting In Action (LIA), Concepteurs Lumière Sans Frontières (LSF )
Timeline: September – November 2018
LIA is a diverse group of students who travelled to Puerto Rico in 2018 to document and study the role of electric lighting in post-hurricane Maria environments, and who established contacts with local partners.
LSF is a French nonprofit whose mission is to share design and technical expertise with communities who do not have access to lighting design services.
RDN1 will be implemented by LIA with ENLACE and other stakeholders within the grounds of the Caño Martin Peña. Volunteers from LSF will support the project as needed.
RDN1 is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Designers Lighting Forum of New York and the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society.