Mr Cawley believes now is a great opportunity for Christchurch to become the world’s best lit city.
“If we co-ordinate the city’s rebuild with its lighting, we can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere at night that is unmatched in this part of the world,” he says.
Mr Cawley was also impressed by the technology that is now available.
“For example, I saw a tulip fitting in the Phillips direct market research department at an Eindhoven design university that opens during the day to gather the sun’s rays and closes at night, using the solar energy it has absorbed,” he says.
“Everything is now focused on energy efficiency and conservation. By following this approach, Christchurch could not only become the best lit city in the world, but also save millions in power bills and help the environment at the same time.”
Mr Cawley has won major lighting design awards, including one for his design of the Christchurch Airport Control Tower.