Monthly Archives: December 2013

Tetro Presents Grid a Suspended Kinetic Light Installation in Lyon

For the french fête des lumières 2013, in lyon, tetro presented ‘grid’ at the hôtel de région rhône-alpes. The monumental kinetic light installation was designed by christopher bauder berliner, founder of whitevoid and robert henke. The structure is made from 150 bars of motorized suspended LEDs, forming a dynamic grid of 22m long. Illuminating french architect christian de portzamparc’s building, floating triangles mesmerizingly move up and down, turn on and off according to the rhythm of music. A wavering, organic motion is achieved, completely washing the audience in baths of glowing bright colors.

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Source: Designboom

United Nations Proclaims an International Year of Light in 2015

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015).

Championed by scientific organizations around the world including SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, IYL2015 will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world and celebrate significant scientific anniversaries occurring in 2015.

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health, organizers said.

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Source: Digital Journal

Betaray Spherical Glass Solar Energy Generator by Rawlemon

Last year, german architect andré broessel of rawlemon presented designboom with his spherical glass solar energy generator concept in its early prototyping stages. Developed as a stand-alone power charger station for electro-mobility, the project uses the advantageous strategy of implementing a ball lens and specific geometrical structure to improve energy efficiency by 35% when compared to existing photo-voltaic panels. By combining symmetrical and transparent spherical geometry as a concentrator lens and emitter, the unique dual axis tracking system can be fully incorporated into any building surface, improving existing efficiency and offering up to 99% transparency.

In addition to increased and optimum solar performance, the design offers benefits for users, designers and architects,’ explains broessel. ‘unlike any existing solar technology, the design and its dematerialized aesthetic permits high transparency and full building integration with no weather impact, due to its dual axis tracking system. The design allows the possibility to connect both standard and hybrid collectors in order to convert electricity and/or thermal energy, offering a scalable, reversible, self-sufficient system.’

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Fluorescent Light Installations by Yochai Matos

Multidisciplinary artist Yochai Matos lives and works in Tel Aviv where he creates a wide variety of indoor and outdoor artworks that span the gamut from street art to collage, photography, painting, and especially his brilliant fluorescent light bulb installations seen here. A graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, the artist has also worked on large-scale public interventions like his You’ve Got Mail project where 24,000 stickers were placed on mailboxes around Tel Aviv, or his ongoing People With Wings which can be seen in Port Jaffa. You can see much more over on his website.

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Written by: Christopher Jobson

Source: Colossal

Installation of Fulton Center’s Sky Reflector-Net, An Art Exhibit on the Oculus of the Transit Hub

Dreary commuters are in for a brighter commute as the Fulton Center construction is nearing its opening in 2014. The Lower Manhattan transit centerpiece will service 11 subway lines, PATH trains, the World Financial Center hub, and Hudson River ferries. This is no ordinary station, however, as it will also house 65,000 square feet of retail and art space.

Its first and undoubtedly largest art piece has been completed: an art/engineering/architectural collaboration entitled “Sky Reflector-Net.” The design of the Fulton Center called for an eight story high oculus, pictured above, and the Sky Reflector-Net, composed of 112 tensioned cables, 224 high-strength rods and nearly 10,000 individual stainless steel components, is affixed to the window and reflects the sunlight from above.

The MTA Info YouTube channel has uploaded a time-lapse video of the installation of this art piece (featured above). In the exclusive behind-the-scenes look, the interior of the Fulton Center is taking shape with the completion of the Sky Reflector-Net. Here are some more shots from the video:

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Written by: Phillipe Martin Chatelain

Source: Untapped Cities

Light Matters: Glass Beyond Transparency with James Carpenter

In Modernism’s attempt to dissolve spatial boundaries with transparency, the material used – glass – is all too often dematerialised. In contrast, the New York-based designer James Carpenter is interested in multiple readings of glass – beyond transparency.

As Carpenter explains: “People approach light in relationship to architecture. It is that the light is the means by which the architecture is revealed and the architecture is basically defined by the way the light enters the space. I tend to think actually from the opposite direction where the light itself is what informs the architecture. The architecture is in service of light rather than the other way around.”

The studio James Carpenter Design Associates can look back to various projects worldwide that have explored the technical and aesthetic possibilities of glass, like the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Hearst Tower Ice Falls or Reconnecting the Subway with the Sky in New York. As Carpenter explains:

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Written by: Thomas Schielke

Source: Archdaily

Solar-Powered LED Lighting Pavilion in Michigan

London-based art and design studio loop pH have developed ‘the SOL dome’, a fully responsive lighting pavilion in michigan. The honeycomb-shaped structure is assembled onsite from thousands of individual circles woven from composite fibers, extending through space with its hollow lightweight constructing. Measuring 8 x 4 meters and weighs just 40 kg, the ‘SOL dome’ is illuminated by a circular matrix of solar powered LEDs. The portable structure is animated; it interacts and adapts to its environment, similar to a plant and its surrounding ecosystem. The rotational breathing rhythm of light is driven by an onsite CO2 sensor – the underlying geometry and construction technique of the dome is based on chemical and molecular bonds between carbon atoms. When each fibre is bent into a circle, it charges the LEDs like a battery, creating a controlled energetic structure.

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Lighting Research Center Launches Light and Health Alliance

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has launched a new collaborative initiative—the Light and Health Alliance—to bridge the science of light and health to practical applications, and to provide objective information based on basic and applied research. The Alliance is led by Dr. Mariana Figueiro, LRC Light and Health Program director and associate professor at Rensselaer.

Light has a profound effect on health and wellbeing, including sleep, alertness, and performance. Humans need to be exposed to a sufficient amount of light of the right spectrum, for a sufficient amount of time, and at the right time, for the circadian system to remain synchronized with the 24-hour day. The LRC is researching light as a treatment for a variety of conditions, including jet lag, Alzheimer’s disease, insomnia and other sleep disorders, seasonal affective disorder and depression. Light can be used to improve sleep, alertness, and performance, along with overall health and wellbeing among the general population, and in populations with rigorous work schedules, such as submariners and night shift nurses.

“Through this collaborative initiative, we will conduct evaluations, demonstrations, and research projects to develop practical devices and applications using light to improve people’s lives,” said Dr. Figueiro. “We will also hold seminars and present at conferences to educate key audiences and advance attention to light and health.”

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Written by: Rebekah Mullaney

Source: Lighting Research Center

Light Bulb Ban Set To Take Effect

Light bulb manufacturers will cease making traditional 40 and 60-watt light bulbs the most popular in the country at the start of 2014.
This comes after the controversial phasing out of incandescent 75 and 100-watt light bulbs at the beginning of 2013.

In their place will be halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, LED bulbs and high efficiency incandescents which are just regular incandescents that have the filament wrapped in gas. All are significantly more expensive than traditional light bulbs, but offer significant energy and costs savings over the long run. (Some specialty incandescents such as three-way bulbs will still be available.)

The end of old light bulbs will likely anger some consumers that are already faced with higher prices for a variety of goods. But it will also tick off tea party activists since the ban is the result of the final phase of government-mandated efficiency standa

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Written by: Steve Hargreaves

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Dromos Audiovisual Installation Optically Alters Time and Space

Artist duo maotik and fraction have used the words of french cultural theorist and urbanist paul virilio as the launching pad for their immersive audiovisual installation, ‘dromos‘. ‘in the fields of science and technique that have built the western world, we have only conceived machines dedicated to increasing speed. The person who would invent a slowing down apparatus would be regarded as an absurd man‘, virilio says. these ideas sparked the philospher’s conception of dromology, the science of speed in human society.

Conceptualizing and visualizing virilio’s ideas about slowing and speeding up time, the universe created by the artists undergoes constant construction and deconstruction, as granular textures, broken beats and generative visuals formulate an experiential atmosphere. The sensorial project takes the audience on complex optical journey, using light, sound and shape to saturate viewers in a maze of interactive media. ‘Dromos’ took over the satosphère in montreal for the entire duration of the mutek festival.

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