The first significant collaboration was with Le Corbusier on the Philips Pavilion at the Brussels Expo in 1958. The sculptural concrete pavilion offered an eight-minute multimedia experience of light, sound and images – an idea that was revolutionary at the time.
In 1996 Philips embarked on a major project called ‘City, People, Light’. It included a survey of world-leading architects workshops to develop lighting concepts and the publication of a book in 1998.
In 2005 Philips started a research project with the Bartlett school at University College London which looked at all aspects of outdoor lighting. Again the findings were disseminated widely, first through a series of forums and then in a new edition of the City, People, Light book.