Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Promise of Nanomaterials in Architecture

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A nanotruss structure fabricated by Caltech researcher Julia Greer

The building blocks of the future are being developed in research labs today. From graphene production en masse to metamaterials that rethink the form and function of conventional construction mediums, here are five innovations with the potential to change architecture today, tomorrow, and beyond. From scaling up graphene production to reinforcing concrete with nanocrystals, researchers today are shaping—or growing—the future of construction.

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Article Written by : Hallie Busta

Image courtesy of : From Architectmagzine

Source : ArchitectMagazine

Perceptual Shift by Michael Murphy forms 2D image in three-dimensions

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Perceptual Shift

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‘Perceptual Shift’ is made of 1,252 painted wooden balls hung with braided fiber

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Moving from the front causes the composition to explode into chaos

Brooklyn-based sculptor Michael Murphy utilizes three dimensional compositions that, when viewed from a proper angle, actually become highly organized graphic images. His most recent work, ‘perceptual shift’ features a massive interpretation of the eye of providence, otherwise known as the all seeing eye at I.M.A.G.E. gallery in Brooklyn, New York.

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Article Written by : Nick Brink

Image courtesy of : Michael Murphy

Source : Designboom

Brain-Shaped Light Installation Feeds on Your Thoughts

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Brain-Shaped Light Installation

Mind and matter meld in Australian artist Laura Jade’s new EEG-controlled installation, Brain Light Project, a boulder-sized light sculpture designed to create a biofeedback loop of light, sound, and thought. In a process developed by Jade, neuroscientist Peter Simpson-Young, and programmer Sam Gentle, the Perspex “neural network” becomes a real-time visualization of visitors’ alpha (meditation), theta (focus and attention), and beta (excitement/agitation) brainwaves. “This experience of seeing your brainwaves represented on an external object in-turn influences the brainwaves that you are creating, which are then represented again on the external object,”

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Article Written by : Beckett Mufson

Image courtesy of : Laura Jade

Source : Thecreatorsproject

Top 10 skyscrapers to be completed in 2015

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OKO South Tower, Russia, by SOM

The building from Moscow-City to make the top 10 is a 352-metre tower by skyscraper veteran SOM, whose portfolio extends from Chicago’s Willis Tower and John Hancock Center, to One World Trade Center and the Burj Khalifa. The OKO South Tower is one of two faceted skyscrapers underway on the site, connected at the base by a transparent crystalline structure. The complex will include a four-star hotel, offices and apartments..

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Article Written by : Aidan Imanova

Image courtesy of : from Designmena

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‘Ark of Return’ Unveiled- A Memorial to the Victims of Slavery opens at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

‘ARK OF RETURN’ UNVEILED
A Memorial Honoring Victims of Slavery Opens at the UN Headquarters in New York City

AWA Lighting Designers were honored and humbled to be selected by Rodney Leon of Rodney Leon Architects, to provide lighting design services for this landmark project. The project is located at the UN Plaza in NYC, and was recently opened to critical acclaim. The ‘Ark of Return’ is a memorial in honor of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and will be permanently on display at the Plaza at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The memorial project process was started over five years ago by UNESCO and the Permanent Memorial Committee. The memorial was conceived with support from the UN Department of Public Information’s Remember Slavery Programme, and Member States from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the African Union. The Permanent Representative of Jamaica, Courtenay Rattray, served as chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee. Several nations, along with UNESCO, helped raise over $1.7 million to build the memorial.

The concept for the design of the memorial by Rodney Leon emerged from three important elements that individually and collectively generated the design solution.
• Acknowledge the Tragedy
• Consider the Legacy
• Lest We Forget
The lighting design solution aimed to create a respectful space, that augmented the visitors journey through the ‘Ark of Return’ – conceptually, psychologically and spiritually – to a place where acknowledgement, education, reflection and healing can take place.

CLIENT: United Nations
ARCHITECT: Rodney Leon Architects
LIGHTING DESIGNER: AWA Lighting Designers
YEAR: 2014 – 2015
VISUALS: AWA

Press Release: AWA_ArkofReturn_PressRelease_July2015

http://www.awalightingdesigners.com/

http://www.rodneyleon.com/

http://www.un.org/en/index.html

http://en.unesco.org/

View of the Memorial  from the Plaza- 59th Street Bridge and Long Island City in the background

View of the Memorial from the Plaza- 59th Street Bridge and Long Island City in the background

The  Trinity Figure- A deeply moving depiction of the forced travel

The Trinity Figure- A deeply moving depiction of the forced travel

Secretary General Bahn-Ki Moon Inaugurates the Memorial

Secretary General Bahn-Ki Moon Inaugurates the Memorial

As you enter the Memorial from the North- UN Secretariat in the Background

As you enter the Memorial from the North- UN Secretariat in the Background