Monthly Archives: November 2013

Laser Lights: Brightening The Future of Lighting Technology

According to the UC Santa Barbara research scientist Steven DenBaar, the future of lighting technology relies on lasers; with a possibility of them manifesting within 10 years. A true pioneer, DenBaar not only is working on that laser technology, but he has been a leader in LED lighting which is ruling at the present time.

This laser technology would replace conventional light bulbs and would be similar to the LED lights we have today. Well, they will be the same materials, however with two mirrors added it creates a laser. The process behind the laser materializing is due to the reflective amplification of the emitted light between the mirrors. This new technology could not only be applied to musical act’s live performances, but the venues; or even your own home.

The main component that takes things to the next level is the laser diode, which has 2,000 times the electrical capacity of an LED. Results of this would be that one single light source could be emitted through a waveguide (similar to Amazon‘s Paperwhite display for Kindle) and light would be distributed equally across the material. So instead of having 4 light bulbs down a hallway, one light source would illuminate the entirety of the hallway via the waveguide.

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Written by: Tyler Trew

Source: Youredm

The Inseparable Relationship Between Architecture + Art

The reach of architecture extends beyond the purely practical realm of zoning laws, building permits, and budgets. Architecture can also be an emotional experience, especially with phenomenology playing into the practice so naturally. The power over space can also be the power to twirl human psychology around its little finger.

Speaking to the incredible flexibility of architecture, the practice has always had as much of a connection to the arts as it has to the sciences. Think back to Classical Greek architecture for instance: as impressive in the enormous spaces achieved through feats of engineering as through the sculptural and ornamental qualities. Or Renaissance men who were the ultimate all-in-one package, (we’re looking at you, Leo and Michelangelo).

The same still stands true to this day; art and the built environment naturally engage with each another in contemporary culture. Not only do artists like Olafur Eliasson and James Turrell manipulate space within existing structures, but architects often take on the role of artist themselves. Art comes as a natural extension of asking critical questions.

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Written by: Alex Garkavenko

Source: Architizer


There was an amazing transformation in the skies over NYC late yesterday afternoon (November 12th 2013, 11-12-13). Those of us lucky enough to be in Brooklyn or Long Island City yesterday were able to witness it’s beauty.

Just as the afternoon began to end, the clouds over NYC began to spread across the sky like an animated brush stroke of saturated color. The sweep of clouds settled across the sky to create another horizon line just above the NYC Skyline, curving in its crown-like glory.

Then as the sun began to set in the south west just behind the newly crowned tallest building in the western hemisphere, One World Trade Center, the sunset spread color across this curving horizon line.

Because of AWA’s studio location on the East River in Brooklyn, we see the glorious play of lights and color in the sky over Manhattan through the year, but the colors are especially stunning at this time of the year.

We hope you enjoy the photographs below.

Clouds Over NYC Just Before Sunset on 11.12.13

Clouds Over NYC Just Before Sunset on 11.12.13

 Sunset over Manhattan on 11.12.13

Sunset over Manhattan on 11.12.13

Sunset over Manhattan on 11.12.13

Sunset over Manhattan on 11.12.13

 Sunset over Manhattan on 11.12.13

Sunset over Manhattan on 11.12.13

Sunset over Manhattan on 11.12.13

Sunset over Manhattan on 11.12.13

Spire, Beacon of 1 World Trade Light Up NYC

Hundreds of red, white and blue LED modules illuminated lower Manhattan as officials tested the lights atop 1 World Trade Center.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Friday the beacon is packed with nearly 300 modules and their glow can be seen for up to 50 miles.

The beacon and spire together stand 408 feet tall and bring the building, formerly called the Freedom Tower, to its symbolic height of 1,776 feet.

The Durst Organization operates the spire, which will serve broadcasters.

A committee of world building heights experts met Friday in Chicago to decide whether a design change that affects the 408-foot needle disqualifies it from being counted as the nation’s tallest skyscraper.

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Written by: Admin

Source: NBC Newyork

Festival of Light 2013: A Look at Headline Show Pixel Pyros

The audience will be the star of the show at the Huddersfield Festival of Light 2013 – with opportunities to become part of the action around every corner.

Crowds will be able to get up-close with a variety of performances, including headline show, Pixel Pyros, at the Open Market.

The Pixel Pyros project is a digital fireworks display that crowds control with their hands – and it’s bigger and better than ever.

The truly interactive digital light show works by touch, with sensors on bright orbs of light at the bottom of a huge digital wall.

Touching the spheres sets of an array of multi-coloured computer-generated rockets. The virtual pyrotechnics are projected onto a massive screen using state-of-the-art projectors and lasers.

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Written by: Todd Fitzgerald-HUDD

Source: Examiner

Water + Art + Light

Scottsdale, Ariz. (October 17, 2013) – Canal Convergence events, presented by Scottsdale Public Art and SRP, bring innovative local and international artists together with Valley residents for a celebration of community, canals, and the arts. At the first of the annual two part series, Canal Convergence | Water + Art+ Light, guests of all ages can expect to witness renowned works of art from across the Atlantic Ocean to installations created by our favorite local visionaries.

The the event takes place on the banks of the Arizona Canal at Scottsdale Waterfront from Soleri Bridge & Plaza at Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Road (just SW of Scottsdale & Camelback Roads), Thursday, November 7 through Sunday, November 10.

Unmatched by other Arizona celebrations, Canal Convergence features the internationally acclaimed artwork Voyage, a mobile-interactive installation by United Kingdom-based Aether & Hemera. Aether & Hemera have shown work across the UK and in Italy since 2006. This vibrant, large-scale installation will be floating between the Soleri Bridge and Marshall Way Bridge—lighting up the Arizona Canal November 7-18.

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Written by: Admin

Source: Scottsdale lifestyles magazine

Smart Light More Than A Bright Idea

A pair of University of Cincinnati researchers has seen the light – a bright, powerful light – and it just might change the future of how building interiors are brightened.

In fact, that light comes directly from the sun. And with the help of tiny, electrofluidic cells and a series of open-air “ducts,” sunlight can naturally illuminate windowless work spaces deep inside office buildings and excess energy can be harnessed, stored and directed to other applications.
This new technology is called SmartLight, and it’s the result of an interdisciplinary research collaboration between UC’s Anton Harfmann and Jason Heikenfeld. Their research paper “Smart Light – Enhancing Fenestration to Improve Solar Distribution in Buildings” was recently presented at Italy’s CasaClima international energy forum.

“The SmartLight technology would be groundbreaking. It would be game changing,” says Harfmann, an associate professor in UC’s School of Architecture and Interior Design. “This would change the equation for energy. It would change the way buildings are designed and renovated. It would change the way we would use energy and deal with the reality of the sun. It has all sorts of benefits and implications that I don’t think we’ve even begun to touch.”

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Written by: Tom Robinette


This Little LED of Mine

Nancy Finkelmeier tried to make the switch more than a year ago. After hearing that the long life of compact fluorescent bulbs would help her avoid changing the lights in her 15-foot ceilings so often, she got rid of her traditional incandescent bulbs in favor of the new ones.

But there was a problem. “I don’t like that cool blue light that it emits,” said Ms. Finkelmeier, a retired nurse from Cincinnati.

So she made another switch, to bulbs using a different technology called the light-emitting diode, or LED. It’s a change that regulators and manufacturers, frustrated by consumer rejection of compact fluorescents, hope that others will make as well, especially the millions who have stuck with their energy-guzzling traditional incandescent bulbs, even hoarding them as stricter efficiency standards phase out most of them.

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Written by: Diane Cardwell

Source: New York Times

Lighting Research Center’s NLPIP Releases Report on Plasma Lighting Systems

The National Lighting Product Information Program (NLPIP) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) recently released its latest publication, Lighting Answers: Plasma Lighting Systems. Plasma lighting systems, also known as electrodeless high-intensity discharge, light-emitting plasma, high-efficiency plasma, or advanced plasma lighting are emerging in the marketplace primarily for high-bay and outdoor lighting applications. Many specifiers and others involved with lighting technologies have heard of plasma lighting systems, but would like more information on how plasma compares with other light sources, regarding performance characteristics such as light output, system efficacy, color characteristics, lumen maintenance, and rated life. Lighting Answers: Plasma Lighting Systems provides straightforward information on these performance characteristics and others such as operating orientation, dimming, warm-up and restrike times, electromagnetic compatibility, and ultraviolet radiation.

The report details findings from NLPIP’s study of plasma lighting systems, conducted from 2012 to 2013, and responses from a survey of more than 300 lighting specifiers who provided their opinions on the application of plasma lighting systems and information on any installations they had evaluated.

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Written by: Rebekah Mullaney

Source: Lighting Research Center

An Era of Enlightenment

The design community’s interest in the role of human factors in lighting is growing. While technology may seem to drive our industry, designers are concerned with enhancing human experiences in the spaces they create—and with good reason. Lighting influences everything from human health, worker productivity, perception, safety, circadian rhythms, the aging eye, discomfort glare, and cognition.

It also affects how people experience architecture; lighting can help or hinder how they process the environments they encounter. Each time a person walks into a new setting, the brain is challenged with constructing a cognitive map—a mental representation of the key elements of the scene and their interrelationships—of its surroundings to use as the basis for how to act. Our sensory systems feed information derived from sights, sounds, and smells to the brain, which then compares the current cognitive map to scenes experienced in the past to see if any experiences stored in memory can help inform how to react and behave in this new setting.

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Written by: Robert G. Davis

Source: Archlighting