Monthly Archives: October 2012

Getting Back to Business in New York After Superstorm Sandy

Hurricane Sandy passed over New York City beginning Sunday night and lasted into early Tuesday morning, with the strongest weather occurring on Monday night. The “super-storm” was so large that it affected an enormous amount of land in the United States; creating blizzard conditions in West Virginia, and 20 foot wave surges in Lake Michigan. Despite being well-prepared for the coming storm, the damage to the New York City MTA Subway System is believed to be the largest disaster in the MTA’s 100 years.

On Tuesday morning, the city emerged from the storm after sustaining considerable damage. A crane collapsed and proceeded to hang dangerously from a residential tower on West 57th Street. The façade of a “Muscle Maker Grill” building collapsed on Monday night, and most of lower Manhattan is without power almost 2 full days after the storm. 100 houses were destroyed in a fire that broke out in Queens. The storm surge that hit lower Manhattan caused widespread flooding issues prompting city officials to discuss new ways to protect the city from future storm surges. All 10 subway tunnels between Manhattan and Brooklyn were completely flooded, and 7 subway stations were flooded. As of Wednesday October 31, the MTA has no timeline for putting the system back on-line.

The power of the Hurricane was increased when it came to shore and came into contact with 2 other wintery weather systems, creating a hybrid “super-storm”. The kinetic energy that was generated by Sandy is larger than any other storm in the United States since 1969.

AWA’s New York Office was closed on Monday and Tuesday because of the damage across the city. We are now open, but many local offices in the area are still without power and have no real idea of when they will get power back. The Subways continue to be out of commission, delaying the City’s return to a normal schedule.

New Yorkers yet again were able to showcase their collective spirit enabling them to come together in order to survive super-storm Sandy.

This Year Marks Abhay Wadhwa’s 10th Year as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the LRC

Abhay Wadhwa has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for 10 years at the Lighting Research Center at RPI. Abhay teaches a Graduate studio that ranges from 8 to 12 students from diverse educational backgrounds; architecture, physics, engineering, and students from the masters lighting program. The class focuses on lighting applications, and is structured so that the students engage in debate, research, readings, and complete two studio projects.

The Studio allows students to explore paradigms and exposes them to an emerging new world order in architecture and lighting. Abhay’s teaching career allows him to give back in a way that engages students and exposes them to how a real design studio operates. The connection to academia also keeps AWA looking forward and helps integrate the philosophy and poetry that we infuse within every project. Giving back allows AWA to share the knowledge and experience that we have built up through our many years of experience in the world of lighting design.

Atomic Orbits Inspire 3D Light Paintings made from LED’s

Using various LED lights spinning in circles on different axes, Andrew Hall makes long exposures of the lights, transforming the streaks into highly complex three-dimensional objects. Hall wouldn’t reveal his technique but says he uses off-the-shelf LED lights and has built an analog machine to help him spin the lights. The machine is human powered, he says, and small enough to fit on top of a desk.
The orbs are a play on the traditional form of photography, he says, because most photos are made when light bounces off something that has mass. But with the light painting he does — in a totally dark room — there is no mass for the light to interact with so the light itself has to provide the illusion of it.

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Written by: Jakob Schiller

Source: Wired.com

Bioluminescence and the future of lighting

But the more fortunate ones are the little creatures that exhibit the quality of “bioluminescence” or the ability to generate their own light. These organisms produce the enzyme luciferase, which interacts with a particular type of light-emitting molecule called a luciferin, and this combination produces light—much like a light stick where chemical compounds mix to produce a glow of light. It is a familiar concept to those who have gone night diving where plankton and jellyfish glow under the evening sky. Scientists say that approximately 90 percent of deep sea animals are bioluminous. On land, we have fireflies as the most popular bioluminescent creature.
The concept behind luminescence is very different from that of incandescence, where a lot of power is needed to create light. Because heat is hardly produced in the production of its light, bioluminescence has also become known as “cold light.”
What makes bioluminescence fascinating is that the animals themselves produce and use the light for attracting prey or fending off attackers.

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Written by: Isabel Berenguer Asuncion

Source: Inquirer Business

India Against Corruption

“Ho gayi hai peer parvat si, pighalni chahiye; is himalaya se koi ganga nikalni chahiye”
– Dushyant Kumar
Translation from Hindi:
The ‘pain’ has grown into a mountain which is now giving rise to ‘Ganga’ (the river that cleanses)

AP Photo: Manish Swarup

I believe in this movement.

On one Saturday afternoon, I found myself moving with a raised placard in my hand in crowded metro trains with strange eyes on me, appealing people to come to Jantar Manter (a historical monument in New Delhi) to support a movement I believed in. I probably would not have imagined myself doing such a daring/ weird thing but I did. That day I felt the power of authenticity. ’

Growing up, I had always been inspired by freedom fighters and revolutionaries who fought for India’s independence. This current state of the country is definitely not the one they had sacrificed their lives for. Over recent years, we have read about scams involving billions of rupees. Allegations are made but conviction rate is almost non-existent. Getting a license, passport; filing a police complaint is made to appear like a daunting task if one goes through regular procedures without paying bribes. There has been a latent, suppressed anger towards the pathetic state of policing, judiciary and government in the country. Every problem of the country can be linked to this single word – ‘corruption’. It is now so deep rooted that a revolution of sorts is needed to bring about the change.

“India Against Corruption movement” spearheaded by Anna Hazaare and Arvind Kejriwal provides a hope for that change. People who criticize the country, who have accepted the state of country as it is and believe that nothing could change here, were shaken from their complacency. It brought back the realization of the effectiveness of the tools (non-violence, truth, spirituality, fasting, satyagraha) used by Mahatma Gandhi for India’s Independence.

A vast majority of India stood united and raised their voices against this venomous issue. This movement, which is ongoing and active, has united and awakened many of the countrymen from their slumber, and provided hope to a common man and his capabilities. It has given the courage and the platform, where one can stand for what is right against what is wrong.

I believe in this movement.

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Written By: Vineet Ahuja

LEED Certifications for Federal Buildings rise more than 51%

The number of federal LEED-certified projects has skyrocketed about 51 percent this year, from 544 completed in 2011 to 821 in just the first eight months of 2012, the Federal Times reports.
US Green Building Council director for technical policy Lane Burt says the growth in LEED-certified federal buildings mirrors private-sector development, and told the Federal Times that both have learned to better incorporate green building design as a standard part of the construction process.
In one recent project the US General Services Administration partnered with NASA on its new LEED-Platinum certified Langley Research Center (pictured) in Hampton,Va., with sustainability features expected to save $2.5 million annually.
The surge in LEED certification comes as the US Green Building Council allows the building industry to weigh in on its proposed updates to the green building program, dubbed LEED v4.

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Source: Environmental Leader

Berlin’s Spectacular Festival of Lights Switches on

The Berlin festival of lights is taking place from 10 to 21 October 2012 has kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony. Until 21st October, Berlin will sparkle as a range of illuminations and projections light up more than 70 famous landmarks and spaces, including Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and the radio tower.

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Source: Illumni

LRC: Lighting Up the Aviation Industry

The Dreamliner is a sleek, next-generation Boeing 787, a long-range twin-engine jetliner equipped with much of what the latest technology has to offer. The aircraft’s modern carbon composite frame is at least 10 tons lighter than its traditional counterpart. It is also the most fuel-efficient commercial jet in the global market. Perhaps the most attractive aspect of the Dreamliner, though, is the interior— most noticeably the cabin— where passengers are greeted by a spacious domed entryway that’s illuminated by dramatic overhead lighting, which resembles an infinite blue sky.

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Source: Lighting Research Center

‘Lighting a Million Lives’ campaign launched in Pakistan on October 12

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) — in collaboration with LEAD Pakistan, the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) Pakistan and the Buksh Foundation — will launch the clean energy “Lighting a Million Lives” (LaML) campaign in Pakistan on October 12.

“The aim of these initiatives is to create a consensus in Pakistan in favour of a cross-border clean energy movement while at the same time cementing the civil, political and cultural ties between India and Pakistan,” R.K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said.

Reflecting on the need for enhanced bilateral relations, Dr. Pachauri asserted: “India and Pakistan face common problems such as the lack of energy access for a large part of the population, particularly in rural areas. TERI has been at the forefront of solutions in this field. We are now extending our partnership to Pakistan, particularly with our programme of Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL). Such initiatives can go a long way in boosting the peace process between the two countries,” he added.

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Written by: Sujay Mehdudia

Source: The Hindu

GSA Report Validates Lighting Energy Savings Realized with Responsive Lighting Controls

Lumenergi®, a leading provider of network-controlled lighting energy management solutions, was recently cited in a report by the General Services Administration (“GSA”), the largest owner of commercial real estate in the United States, for slashing lighting energy consumption by up to 63 percent in a lighting control pilot program of 11 western region buildings.
“Not only does this assessment demonstrate that responsive lighting delivers deep energy savings across the board, it also helps the GSA understand where deployment of this technology maximizes payback,” said Ruth Cox, Regional Administrator, Region 9 – Pacific Rim, General Services Administration.
“Lighting is the largest consumer of electrical energy in commercial buildings,” said Barry Weinbaum, President and CEO of Lumenergi. “While many companies claim to save large amounts of energy, they often come up short. The GSA’s use of Lumenergi’s integrated lighting controls solution clearly demonstrates that we deliver material energy savings and maintain lighting comfort while enabling preservation of our customers’ embedded building infrastructure investments.”

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Written by: Lumenergi/Herald Online