Monthly Archives: November 2013

Onion Skin by Olivier Ratsi Unfolds an Untouchable Dimension

Reconfiguring time and space through a game of mesmerizing perspectives, ‘onion skin’ by french artist and co-founder of antivj visual label olivier ratsi‘s is an immersive maze of projected light. A module comprised of two walls, positioned at a right angle to each other, makes up the physical portions of the artwork, while a light projection and a 5.1 surround sound broadcast constitute the virtual component.
The experience of the installation is based on a very specific vantage point; the precise position of the audience determines which new dimension is revealed.

Basic geometric elements like lines, triangles, and squares projected onto the flat surface suddenly unfold, peeling away as multiple layers of space and surface.
Playing on the principle of repetition, the third dimension achieved by the projection creates volume and depth, ultimately setting up a hypnotic experience that unfurls into an untouchable realm. The installation will tour in the coming months, starting in belo horizonte, brazil on november 30th, 2013 and followed by an exhibition at the parque lage in rio de janeiro on december 7th and 8th, 2013

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Written by: Admin

Source: Designboom

AWA Project Update: Gurgaon Rapid Metro Opens And Has 100,000 Rides In First 9 Days

The maximum footfall is at Sikanderpur, the interchange station with Delhi Metro. Once ready, the Gateway Tower station, the only one in the 5.1km Phase 1 yet to be opened, is likely to significantly add to the numbers because of its location along the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway.

Rapid Metro has targeted a daily ridership of 1 lakh a day by the end of its first year. “Our operations were launched in the middle of the month and some of the Cyber City employees, who would have already paid the monthly fee to use their office cab or other modes of transport, were not able to switch over to the Metro. We expect these employees to start using our network from December 1,” said a spokesperson.

Rapid Metro also plans to hold awareness programmes through street plays and graffiti to encourage the use of public transport, mainly among Cyber City workers.

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Written by: Admin

Source: The Times of India

Yayoi Kusama Exhibits Dizzying Infinity Rooms and Paintings

With a six decade long career behind her, the famed japanese artist yayoi kusama shows no signs of slowing down, presenting a monumental show of new and recent work at david zwirner gallery in new york. Her distinguishing themes of universal infinity, endlessness, and the cosmic realms are reflected in twenty-seven new large scale paintings, two immersive sculptural rooms, and a video installation, of which the exhibit ‘I who have arrived in heaven’ is comprised, spanning the gallery’s three consecutive locations.
Kusama’s amalgamation of pop and minimalist art have manifested as hypnotic architectural interventions within david zwirner gallery, dizzying the visitor in illuminated mazes of sound, light, and color. One of kusama’s most kaleidoscopic environments to date is filled with inflatable tentacle like forms covered in the artists trademark polka dots, while the artist’s voice can be simultaneously heard reciting a japanese love poem.
Her more recent explorations of two-dimensional mediums have been realized through the series of acrylic works, all painted by hand, with representations of vibrant biomorphic shapes and forms personified as animated creatures.

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Written by: Admin

Source: Designboom

Rashad Alakbarov Paints with Shadows and Light

This is kind of flying all over the internet right now, but I couldn’t resist sharing. Artist Rashad Alakbarov from Azerbaijan uses suspended translucent objects and other found materials to create light and shadow paintings on walls. The jaw-dropping light painting above, made with an array of colored airplanes is currently on view at the Fly to Baku exhibition at De Pury Gallery in London through January 29th. (via art wednesday, fasels suppe)

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Written by: Admin

Source: Colossal

AWA Project Update: Construction Continues on Singapore Chancery Project

Construction is almost complete at 320 East 48th Street, which will soon be home to Singapore’s diplomatic mission to the United Nations – in this case, the building has been designated as a ‘chancery’. Designed by HOK, the structure is rather small – nevertheless, the glassy facade is a pleasant break from the run-down surroundings, which predominate in the vicinity. Its neighbors are nearly decrepit, and the stark contrast between old and new serves as a reminder that the age of a building should have nothing to do with its landmark status.

The design director of HOK’s New York office, Kenneth Drucker, sat down recently to discuss some of the firm’s projects, and described how the “five twisted glass blades in the main facade of the building represent the five attributes of the Singaporean government.”

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Written by: Nikolai Fedak

Source: New York Yimby

An Aerial Kinetic Sculpture with 256 Helium Balloons Embedded with LEDs

Cyclique was an aerial light and sound installation created by audiovisual artist Nohista and Collectif Coin for Nuit Blanche 2013 (previously). The array of 256 large white balloons was embedded with LEDs that blinked in sequence with various audio tracks and was further enhanced by the impact of wind which altered the layout and motion of the piece.

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Written by: admin

Source: Colossal

AWA Project Update: First International Finance Center, Mumbai

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,
We are excited to share with you our recently completed project- FIFC (First International Finance Center). Located in Mumbai, India, FIFC is a 14 floor office tower located in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex. The 657,000 SFT office tower began construction in 2009.

AWA Lighting Designers was hired to provide the lighting design for all public spaces, landscape, and exterior facades.

As always, we value your feedback. Best wishes from the team at AWA.

Abhay Wadhwa
Design Principal | CEO

FIFC PROJECT TEAM:
Client: Starwood Capital, Vornado, The Chatterjee Group (TCG), Urban Infrastructure Real Estate Fund
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Associates, New York NY
Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers, Brooklyn NY
Local Team: Somaya & Kalappa Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Gherzi Eastern

West Facade from across BKC Road **

West Facade from across BKC Road **

West Facade Rendered Perspective *

West Facade Rendered Perspective *

Rendered Site Plan *

Rendered Site Plan *

AWA's 3D Modeling for Early Iteration of "Tube" Lighting Detail *

AWA’s 3D Modeling for Early Iteration of “Tube” Lighting Detail *

Looking Up at the West Facade **

Looking Up at the West Facade **

Building Under Construction in 2012 **

Building Under Construction in 2012 **

Main Lobby Prior to Opening Party **

Main Lobby Prior to Opening Party **

* FIFC renderings and details by KPF & AWA Lighting Designers
** FIFC photography by Marco Baldassari

An Interactive Dynamic Shape Display that Physically Renders 3D Content

inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms: http://tangible.media.mit.edu/vision/

We are currently exploring a number of application domains for the inFORM shape display. One area we are working on is Geospatial data, such as maps, GIS, terrain models and architectural models. Urban planners and Architects can view 3D designs physically and better understand, share and discuss their designs. We are collaborating with the urban planners in the Changing Places group at MIT on this (http://cp.media.mit.edu/). In addition, inFORM would allow 3D Modelers and Designers to prototype their 3D designs physically without 3D printing (at a low resolution). Finally, cross sections through Volumetric Data such as medical imaging CT scans can be viewed in 3D physically and interacted with. We would like to explore medical or surgical simulations. We are also very intrigued by the possibilities of remotely manipulating objects on the table.

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Written by: admin

Source: MIT Media Lab

Top-10 vendors to occupy 69% of 2013 global LED lighting sales, says PIDA

The 10 largest vendors will together account for 69% of global LED lighting product sales in 2013, according to Taiwan’s Photonics Industry & Technology Development Association (PIDA).

The 10 largest vendors and respective global shares are Philips 20%, Osram 15%, Panasonic 8%, Toshiba 7%, Cree 4%, Endo 4%, Zumtobel 3%, Koizumi 3%, Iris Ohyama 3% and Sharp 2%, PIDA indicated.

According to LEDinside, global LED lighting production value in 2014 will reach US$17.8 billion and corresponding shipments will increase 68% on year to 1.32 billion units. On-year growth in LED lighting sales volume in 2014 will be 72% in the North America market, 64% in Latin America, 69% in Europe and 86% in China, LEDinside said.

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Written by: Julian Ho, Taipei; Adam Hwang

Source: DIGITIMES

LRC to Explore Light’s Effect on Greenhouse Crops; Medicinal Plants

Lighting Research Center light and plants expert Tessa Pocock is leading a study in collaboration with Gotham Greens, a New York City-based agribusiness with rooftop greenhouses in Brooklyn, that will research, evaluate, and model LED and high intensity discharge (HID) greenhouse lighting systems to reduce energy and its associated atmospheric pollution, and improve plant throughput and appearance.

The study, funded by a $500,000 grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, will target improvements in energy efficiency and crop production for controlled environment agriculture, such as greenhouses. This research will identify optimal lighting to increase leafy vegetable production using energy efficient LEDs compared with existing HID fixtures.

Light is a powerful regulator of plant physiology, affecting flavor and appearance, as well as nutritional and medicinal value. Each wavelength of light has a different effect on plant physiology. For example, plants grown under blue light are physiologically different than plants grown under red light. And each species of plant has an individual response to different wavelengths as well.

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Written by: Admin

Source: IES