n. & v. • n. a shape made or revealed with sunlight. • v. to shape with sunlight -ed -ing [f. Gk. hḗlios ‘sun’+ Gk. phôs-, phōt- ‘light’ + Gk. -morphos ‘shape’]
PhoScope is launching a radical socio-photocentric initiative for the rapid deployment of lighting solutions to serve not only the educational but also the artistic, social and recreational lighting needs of communities and individuals worldwide, and to facilitate and scale up social engagement in lighting design.
The initiative comprises a two-session Volunteer Training Program to provide teams with open-source tools such as guidelines on project processes, specifications for off-grid turnkey lighting kits, and pedagogical materials for community workshops on light and lighting, as well as several project programs.
PhoScope’s first project program, Recreo de Noche, is a serial model for the rapid implementation of solar-powered playgrounds in Puerto Rico and PhoScope partnered with Lighting in Action (LIA) and Concepteurs Lumière Sans Frontières (LSF) to launch a pilot project in San Juan in the fall of 2018. PhoScope is currently developing two more programs with replicable project models: Lighting for Unplanned Settlements, which is based on the ongoing solar lighting project developed for Fokal in Haiti, and Lighting for Transitional Refuge.
Outreach and fundraising will begin in the fall of 2018.