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Architecture Spotlight: Abhay Wadhwa

-By Ben Hinson-

Abhay Wadhwa, aka “The Poet of Light” is a very interesting personality in the world of architecture and design. His formative years in the 70s and 80s were spent in India, and if you had told him then that today he would be heading up his own successful architectural lighting firm in New York City, chances are he would not have believed you. But yet here he is, his firm, AWA Lighting Designers firmly established in Brooklyn. And this specialist has certainly made a name for himself: his work has been featured across India, New York City, Dubai, New Jersey, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. Check out the below pictures that offer a sample of his achievements to date:

Brigade gateway – bangalore india


Holland tunnel – New Jersey


Nets go @ seoul plaza – south korea

icici bank – india

Trained as an architect, he discovered his passion for lighting design while working part-time at a theater gig during his sophomore year in architecture school. He founded AWA Lighting Designers in 2002, and since then has transformed his startup into a respected global brand. Abhay likes to focus on projects with high design content, projects that are challenging, projects that can make people happier and use lighting to influence moods. His economic approach to lighting design is to be cost effective and energy efficient. His aesthetic approach is a poetic one, that involves enhancing specific focus points and revealing subtle architectural details and rhythms. And his eclectic nature is evident even in conversation. When I spoke with Abhay for this article, we discussed topics ranging from the intricacies of lighting design (lighting levels, lighting litigation, lighting across different cultures) to history, anthropology and economics across Asia, the Caribbean and Europe. He is quite a unique character, and I appreciated that about him. If I was a contractor/builder evaluating an architectural service provider, besides having a Big Picture, intimate understanding of the project, I would also want someone who took into serious consideration the market, cultural and social forces; past and present, at play, and for that Mr. Abhay Wadhwa has my salute. Talking with him was definitely a treat. Be sure to check out his firm, AWA Lighting Designers for more samples of their work. I’ll leave you with the below video of Abhay speaking at the 2015 Professional Lighting Designers Conference. Enjoy.

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7 Hidden Art Secrets That Were Uncovered With Technology

The Lady with an Ermine

The Lady with an Ermine.

Bacchus

Bacchus

Paintings by the masters da Vinci, Rembrandt, Goya, and Caravaggio are often accepted as absolute works. Today, we use mobile devices to capture these images, compressing them onto tiny screens, and remixing them into snapchats, selfies or light simulated paintings. But technology can also reveal the secrets that lie just beneath a work’s surface. Using a variety of scientific techniques and advanced digital imaging, today’s scientists and art historians can non-invasively probe artworks for the secrets to artists’ lives and processes.
From underpaintings that reveal new insights about an artist’s true feelings, to hidden details and even in-jokes, technology is rapidly changing the way we see art. Here, The Creators Project collects seven fascinating and ground-breaking discoveries that were once shrouded from both art history and the visible world.
Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, The Lady with an Ermine, was reworked twice before its final composition. According to BBC News, French engineer Pascal Cotte discovered that da Vinci changed the position of the lady’s forearm and only added her symbolic ermine to the third version of his work. Using the Layer Amplification Method (LAM), a technique he and his team invented, Cotte projected intense light onto the painting and measured its reflections with a multi-lens camera. “The LAM technique gives us the capability to peel the painting like an onion, removing the surface to see what’s happening inside and behind the different layers of paint,” explained Cotte to the BBC. The result? Turns out, da Vinci occasionally required a do-over. Or two.

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Article Written by : Sophia Callahan

Image courtesy of : BBC News & via Telegraph

Source : The Creators Project

Heightening The Perception Of Daylight With Henry Plummer

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Monastery of La Tourette, Éveux-sur-l’Arbresle, France by Le Corbusier

Henry Plummer – Phenomenology is central to this pursuit, for it implies a way to focus upon our direct encounters with phenomena as they show themselves to us, but also on a way to describe the essence of those phenomena as they are given to our consciousness. The accuracy of this process demands that the mind be cleared of all preconceptions and prejudices, and go straight to the phenomena themselves. But I don’t think phenomenology is the sole answer to understanding light, for as architects we need to also comprehend how light can be shaped and managed through time by specific building forms. I think it is useful, therefore, to complement phenomenology with a more rational process, allowing us to question how phenomena come into being through an interaction of sky and building, as the ebb and flow of incident light is guided by architectural openings and volumes, colors and textures. This quasi-scientific knowledge depends on a careful investigation of how light phenomena were shaped in the past, through traditions handed down to us by our predecessors, as well as how the phenomena we love can be authentically formed and recreated in the future.

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Article Written by : Thomas Schielke

Photo by : © Henry Plummer

Source : Archdaily