Monthly Archives: July 2013

Tablet-controlled with Ambient Lighting: Inside Boeing’s Next-gen Spaceship

Boeing have unveiled the interior stylings of their next-gen shuttle – the CST-100 – though the end results look more like a futuristic hotel room than a spaceship destined for the International Space Station.

The expected banks of switches and flashing lights have been replaced with “ambient sky-blue LED lighting” and smoothly curving walls, while the bulky straps of the old seats have been removed in favour of leather contraptions that look like they could double up as gym equipment.

Destined to replace the NASA Space Shuttle that was retired in 2011, the CST-100 (it stands for Crew Space Transportation) will transport up to seven astronauts up to the ISS, and its simplified interior reflects this mission:

“What you’re not going to find is 1,100 or 1,600 switches,” said Chris Ferguson, director of Boeing’s Crew and Mission Operations and a former NASA astronaut. “When these guys go up in this, their primary mission is not to fly this spacecraft, their primary mission is to go to the space station for six months. So we don’t want to burden them with an inordinate amount of training to fly this vehicle. We want it to be intuitive.”

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Written by: James Vincent

Source: The Independent

Lighting up streets to stop crime

The Greenville Police Department says dark streets are hard to see and easy targets for crime. Now, police and city officials have teamed up to help fight crime, by lighting up some dark roads.

“We’ll put additional lighting in and give the residents and pedestrians a more comfortable feeling of safety. There will be more lights in that area,” said Greenville Public Works Director, Kevin Mulligan. Mulligan says police and city officials rode around areas where there were high incidents of crime and poor lighting. From the ride-a-longs six areas where identified as places where lighting can be improved. Those areas include streets in the Westgate and Eastbrook neighborhood, Kristin Drive, Peed and Autumn Drive, and Concord Drive.

Alethia Shepherd, lives near one of the areas getting lighting improvements. She says though brighter streets won’t stop all crime, she says it’s a step in the right direction. “Any support or processes that we can put in place could be very helpful to help deter crime; because, we have noticed an increase in crime in this and other areas in Greenville,” said Shepherd.

The lighting upgrades are part of $50,000 grant given to the city.

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Source: e! WNCT News

Marketing Associate for Architectural Lighting Design Firm

About You:
1. Excellent at efficiently writing for business development
2. Able to use social media efficiently
3. Looking for a 2-3 day a week commitment, which can grow into a full-time position
4. Able to handle deadlines efficiently
5. Able to work well with others
6. Able to follow standards and direction
7. Able to generate unique and exciting new marketing approaches
8. Bright and energetic
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Job Description Includes:
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2. Creating and maintaining a social media presence
3. Maintain website with updated marketing content
4. Follow up on proposals and leads

Skills Required:
1. Education background in graphic design, marketing, public relations, architecture, or a related field
2. Proficient with Adobe graphic design software InDesign & Photoshop
3. Strong organizational skills
4. Minimum of 2 years work experience

About Us:
We are an award-winning international architectural lighting design firm, with offices in the US and Asia. We are located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We are a no holds barred, creative team that is doing some of the best international work in our field in the world. We are down-to-earth, hard working and more than a little fun.

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Immediate employment. Salary commensurate with skills, attitude and experience.

Paper-thin E-Skin Responds to Touch by Lighting Up

A new milestone by engineers at UC Berkeley can help robots become more touchy-feely, literally. A research team led by Ali Javey, UC Berkeley associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, has created the first user-interactive sensor network on flexible plastic. The new electronic skin, or e-skin, responds to touch by instantly lighting up. The more intense the pressure, the brighter the light it emits.

“We are not just making devices; we are building systems,” said Javey, who also has an appointment as a faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “With the interactive e-skin, we have demonstrated an elegant system on plastic that can be wrapped around different objects to enable a new form of human-machine interfacing.”

Shown is a 16-by-16 pixel interactive e-skin created by UC Berkeley engineers. Organic LEDs light up when touched.

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Source: e! Science News

Printed Power to Light the World’s Darkness?

In too many parts of the world, grid-connected electricity remains an unattainable luxury. However, the rise in living standards in some developing countries has brought with it access to decentralized power generation – mainly solar power. The latest solar cell technology, flexible solar cells based on thin plastics, heralds a new generation of ultra-low-cost lighting for poor communities in remote areas.

In remote communities, local (or distributed) power generation is the only option available. In the least developed areas of the world, even local power generation is rare. This lack of access to privileges that we in the developed world take for granted – power to keep medicines cool, or to provide lighting to study by – has a major impact on people’s health, education and quality of life.

Recent developments in solar power are making it a more viable option for decentralised electricity generation. By taking light from the sun and converting it directly into electricity, we can harness an effectively limitless source of power with few by-products or waste.

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Written by: Scott Watkins

Source: Ecology

AWA Project Update: Golden Temple Reaches Completion

The Golden Temple complex is the most sacred place for people of Sikh faith and is considered a national monument in India. Also known as Harmandir Sahib, it is located within the holy water pond (Amrit Sarovar).

The outer surface of the Golden Temple is clad with gold coated copper plates as well as white marble inlaid with colored stones. The Temple consists of a large central dome with 4 smaller cupolas located on each of the 4 corners. The Amrit Sarovar is surrounded by the Colonnade (Parikrama) and the Entrance Gates, the Clock Tower, and two Watch Towers (Bhungas).

The lighting treatment has been designed to highlight the natural beauty of the architecture, without encumbering it with conflicting shadows and color distortion, such that it becomes a beacon of purity and piety for the faithful, within the tranquil Amrit Sarovar. By using a mixture of High Pressure Sodium and LED fixtures, we were able to bring out the true color of the gold on the Harmandir Sahib.

AWA Lighting Designers undertook this project as pro-bono (Sewa) work. We are deeply honored and grateful for this opportunity to relight the Golden Temple, given to us at the behest of the honorable Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr S.S. Badal, and the SGPC.

Project Team:

Architect:  Ranjodh Singh

Client: SGPC

Lighting Designer: AWA Lighting Designers

iLuminate Artists of Light

iLuminate Artists of Light is a fun, language-free theatrical experience well on its way to becoming one of the great New York multidisciplinary mega hits. Like its beloved cousins Blue Man Group and Stomp, Artists of Light engages its willing audience through pumping music, visual tricks, and impressive choreography. The effect is an experience that is engrossing and appealing to everyone, from kiddos to grandparents.

iLuminate is a production and technology company founded by Miral Kotb, a Columbia University grad who also created the iLuminate software and its signature lightsuits. These space-agey costumes have been used to great effect by big-name performers such as Chris Brown and David Guetta, but what makes Artists of Light unique as a show is that the artists have built their whole story around these suits. iLuminate’s own team has a mastery of the technology beyond what has been seen in previous concert performances.

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Written by: Bethany Rickwald

Source: Theater Mania

MONA Shines Light into the Darkness

“When you shut your eyes you will still be able to see.” So says David Walsh, founder of Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art, of what he is trying to achieve through his inaugural winter arts festival, Dark Mofo, which lit up the city at the weekend.

A different beast to the gambling millionaire’s Mona Foma summer music festival, Dark Mofo takes the themes of sex and death so strongly identified with Walsh’s $100 million museum and pushes them further: ”We let the mind’s eye shine,” he warns in the festival program.

I didn’t expect to experience that so literally, or viscerally. But lying on the floor of Austrian artist Kurt Hentschlager’s installation Zee on Saturday, after passing out five minutes into the 12-minute piece and trying to understand the images that had flashed through my own mind’s eye, it seems Walsh had hit his target.

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Written by: Debbie Cuthbertson

Source: The Age

Washington Monument is Bathed in Light

The Washington Monument may look beleaguered, encrusted by 500 tons of scaffolding, but Monday night, America’s great obelisk got a new boost of energy. Electrical energy that lit 488 lamps. Around 8:30 p.m., Robert Vogel, the National Park Service’s superintendent for the Mall, began a 10-second countdown, which was taken up by a crowd of spectators. Then the switch was thrown.

Nothing appeared to happen. A group from a U.S. Army band stepped into the breach and began to play. People chuckled. But within what seemed to be no more than a minute, squares of light began to appear on the monument. People applauded and raised their cellphones to record the moment. Although still damaged from the earthquake two years ago, the 555-foot tall monument again glowed in the Washington night.
Scores of people were on hand, and many seemed to like what they saw. A couple from the District, Leah and David Pogorzala, were prepared to wait a bit for the lighting to show up after being switched on. But what surprised them was how the monument looked afterward. They were impressed.

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Written by: Ian Shapira

Source: Washington Post

+ POOL Hits Goal, Becomes Largest Civic Project Ever Kickstarted

+ POOL, the project (initiated by a duo of young architects) to float a public swimming pool in New York’s Hudson River, has reached its latest kickstarter goal – making it the largest civic project to ever be crowdfunded online. As Architizer’s Karen Wong reports, it’s a remarkable gamechanger for architects (a profession where success often comes well into one’s golden years) as well as public space in general: “It’s a resounding demonstration of the public’s belief in young architects to rethink public space and manifest the untapped capital of waterways to benefit the common good.”

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Written by: Vanessa Quirk

Source: Archdaily