Monthly Archives: January 2014

Aviary Glass Grove by Howeler + Yoon Tweets When Touched

At the intersection of architecture, design and technology is höweler + yoon architecture and parallel development‘s ‘aviary’: an interactive audiovisual environment, which immerses entrants in a musical and kaleidoscopic grove of glass. The installation responds to human touch by displaying illumination and sound effects when felt. Like a communicative instrument, ‘aviary’ can be played by one or many users, producing varying tweets upon contact — a bird in flight or a one in its natural habitat resounds aloud. Each pole has a specialized set of related sounds that range from bird songs at their crown to abstracted interpretations at their base. A light touch on the surface of the glass cylinder creates a vertical burst of both light and noise, while a strong hold slowly fills the column with the entire audiovisual experience. Sliding up and down the pole at a slow pace causes a dynamic and harmonious blended effect, while a quicker movement results in a flare of light floating up to the top and migrating to adjacent poles, giving the illusion of a moving sound source.

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Written by: Admin

Source: Designboom

Night Lights: 8 Projects Illuminated By LEDs

As daylight fades and nighttime begins to envelop the city, the built environment transforms into a hulking monochromatic whole. This dance of night and day has inspired poets and artists for centuries, and—with the advent of technology—has motivated architects and designers to experiment with incorporating lighting systems into the facades of their buildings.

One way they do this is through LEDs. Developed in the 1960s, LEDs (short for light-emitting diodes) function as a semiconductor light source. Essentially electrons are passed through a device and allowed to recombine at certain points, which releases energy from photons. This effect is calledelectroluminescence, and it produces different color lights depending on the energy of the photon. The color and duration of light can be controlled by the bandwidth of energy sent through the device, giving LEDs one of their hallmark attributes: the ability to be modified easily.

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Written by: Blaine Brownell

Source: Architizer

Penn Researchers Develop Self-Assembling Lens

As scientists continue to build structures at a microscopic scale, they uncover new opportunities related to material architecture. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have recently discovered a new method of assembling liquid crystals in a radiating disc structure, resulting in an insect-like compound eye that may be used as a lens.

The new method is indicative of an approach known as “directed assembly,” in which scientists grow microstructures by providing basic physical and chemical parameters, as opposed to individually placing each element. In this sense, scientists are approaching this work like architects, and their material parameters are the equivalent of building drawings and specifications.

“Before we were growing these liquid crystals on something like a trellis, a template with precisely ordered features,” said Randall Kamien, a professor in the physics and astronomy department, in a university press release. “Here, we’re just planting a seed.”

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Written by: Blaine Brownell

Source: Architect Magazine

LRC Announces New Light and Health Institute

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will hold a two-day, hands-on seminar May 6-7, 2014, to teach the many ways in which light affects, and can be used to improve, health and wellbeing. Light of the appropriate quantity, spectrum, timing, duration, and distribution can have a profound effect on sleep, alertness, and performance, along with overall wellbeing, and can be used to improve conditions such as jet lag, Alzheimer’s disease, insomnia, and depression.

The goal of this seminar is to provide attendees with the latest research as it can be applied, and the knowledge necessary to improve our modern living environments with energy efficacious, temporally dynamic lighting. This seminar will be of critical interest to those within the field of healthcare, lighting industry professionals, researchers in the biological sciences, facility managers, architects, and others.

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Written by: Rebekah Mullaney

Source: Lighting Research Center

Cyber Hub [AWA Project] featured by Architizer

The site is long and linear with multiple entrances and viewing points. In our analyses, it was critical to create definite visual nodes for visitor orientation and collection, that would then be connected by a lighting tapestry, creating a visually clean and crisp environment at night. The excitement of the store fronts will then lend an organic growth pattern to the site- combining the rigor of a well-planned night-time urban environment with the flavors of a local souk or bazaar- and resulting in a great architectural project that augments the sense of community and civic pride.

Archizer Features Cyber Hub

 

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Source: Architizer

AWA Project Update – Bushwick Inlet Park

PROJECT TEAM:
Client: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Architect: Kiss + Cathcart Architects
Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers
Local Team: Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects, Robert Silman Associates, Langan Engineering
Photographer: Paul Warchol

PROJECT BRIEF:

Given the urban nature of this project, it was critical to understand its context, and assimilate the local dynamics of usage patterns, circulation and night-time activities. In working with the architects, we decided to pursue an unconventional approach to this project, since the genre of such projects is usually driven by light levels first and then everything else. We decided to make light levels our last check, and work on composing the elements of this project into a wholesome, evocative and exciting night-time space that engenders and enables the community to link with each other. The results have been gratifying. The lighting solution to this environment- combining wayfinding, patterns and rhythms of lights, and highlighting the architectural massing with strong geometric lighting moves has elicited a very positive response from the community.

 Building Entrance on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Building Entrance on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

View of Main entrance from Kent Avenue- NYC skyline in background
View of Main entrance from Kent Avenue- NYC skyline in background

 Architectural Volumes Augmented by Light- LED lighting integrated into a double curve handrail
Architectural Volumes Augmented by Light- LED lighting integrated into a double curve handrail

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a distinct and staggered rhythm visible from Manhattan
Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a distinct and staggered rhythm visible from Manhattan

Fins on South Facade- Lit with LED downlights cast in concrete
Fins on South Facade- Lit with LED downlights cast in concrete

Bushwick Inlet Park is 1 of 10 Baller Projects Coming Out of Brooklyn

Using “Brooklyn” as an euphemism of cool has become a bit of a trope, almost as cloying as the 00s’ invention of “fetch” or “B-A-N-A-N-A-S.” From Beyoncé to bespoke bow tie artisans, everyone’s trying to claim a piece of Brand Brooklyn.

The hype makes it easy to miss that the borough is also home to some of the most innovative firms and experiments in reclaimed buildings. DUMBO’s warehouses are so saturated with up-and-coming architecture firms that design scenesters refer to the neighborhood as a verifiable “studio ghetto.” We’ve done some digging through the Architizer database to see what’s bubbling up from the underground.

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Written by: Admin

Source: Architizer

AWA Seeks Highly Motivated, Creative & Hard Working Professionals

Award winning and Internationally reputed Architectural Lighting Design Firm seeks highly motivated, creative & hard working professionals with a strong passion for lighting and architecture.

Full-Time positions available:
Senior Designer, Designer, Design Assistant.

Application Requirements:
Resume and work samples in a single file of no more than 5 MB.
Only submissions with “Senior Designer”, “Lighting Designer” or “Lighting Design Assistant” in the subject line will be reviewed.

Qualifications Requirements:
For Senior Designer, Designer:
The individual can have a background in lighting, electrical engineering, architecture, interior design, and/ or project management.
Proficiency in AutoCAD, Rhino or other modeling software, Photoshop, and InDesign is a requirement.
Good communication skills and a great work ethic required.
Writing skills, research skills and experience with preparing super-quality design presentations are a plus.

Experience Requirements:
Senior Designer (Location: New Delhi):
Minimum of 5 years total experience required.
Must have minimum of 3 years’ experience in the lighting field.
Architectural/ Architectural Engineering/ Electrical Engineering Degree required.

Designer (Location: Mumbai, New Delhi):
Minimum of 1 year experience required in the lighting field.
Architectural/ Architectural Engineering Degree required.
Theater experience a plus.

Design Assistant- Draftsman (Location: Mumbai, New Delhi):
Individual should have proven skill with AutoCAD. Minimum of 1 year experience required at an architectural or lighting design studio.

Design Assistant- Visual Artist (Location: Mumbai):
Individual should have proven skill with Photoshop, and InDesign. Minimum of 1 year experience required at an architectural or lighting design studio.

 

Our company follows a transparent system of rewarding individuals with strong performance, hard-work and a great work ethic. There is ample room for growth for performing individuals. Great Salary and Perks.

Please respond to this post with your applications as per application requirements above.
Applications for New Delhi Studio location to be sent to newdelhi@awalighingdesigners.com
Applications for Mumbai Studio location to be sent to mumbai@awalighingdesigners.com

Cyber Hub (AWA project) turns itself into leisure hotspot

Good architecture tends to be both a product of and a monument to the society as it exists in a given frame of time. The buildings of Cyber City, intricate steel and glass constructions, are exceptions to this rule. They seem to exist outside time, representing a distant future, and have little to do with contemporary Gurgaon. You get this out-of-Gurgaon feeling in its most striking form at the new corporate leisure centre called the Cyber Hub.

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Source: Times of India

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Glass

To celebrate the launch of ArchDaily Materials, our new product catalog, we’ve rounded up 10 awesome projects from around the world that were inspired by one material: glass. Check out the projects after the break…

To see the list of 10 projects click here

Written by: Eric Baldwin

Source: ArchDaily

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Glass

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Glass