Category Archives: SHADOWS

Defining Shadows and Darkness

“It is necessary to return to the point where the interplay of light and dark reveals forms, and in this way to bring richness back into architectural space. Yet, the richness and depth of darkness has disappeared from our consciousness, and the subtle nuances that light and darkness engender, their spatial resonance – these are almost forgotten. Today, when all is cast in homogenous light, I am committed to pursuing the interrelationship of light and darkness . Light, whose beauty within darkness is as of jewels that one might cup in one’s hands; light that, hollowing out darkness and piercing our bodies, blows life into ‘place’.”

– Tadao Ando (1990)

AWA Lighting Designers project: Cyber Hub

AWA Lighting Designers project: Cyber Hub

 

Color Mixing and Connotations

ADDITIVE MIXING

  • Mixing colors of light
  • In absence of color the result is black
  • Presence of all three primaries is white

SUBTRACTIVE MIXING

  • Mixing colors pigment / CMYK
  • Absence of color is white
  • Presence of all three primaries is black

Color Mixing

MEANING OF BLACK: DARKNESS
How the color black affects us physically and mentally?

  • Feeling inconspicuous
  • A restful emptiness
  • Mysterious evoking a sense of potential and possibility

Darkness

MEANING OF GRAY: SHADOW
How the color gray affects us physically and mentally?

  • Unsettling
  • Expectant

Stormy Sky

EIGENGRAU (GERMAN: INTRINSIC GRAY)

  • The color seen by the eye in perfect darkness
  • Eigengrau is perceived as lighter than a black object in normal
  • Lighting conditions, because contrast is more important to the
  • Visual system than absolute brightness.

Eigengrau

MEANING OF WHITE : LIGHT
HOW THE COLOR WHITE AFFECTS US MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY?

  • Aids mental clarity
  • Encourages us to clear clutter or obstacles
  • Evokes purification of thoughts or actions
  • Enables fresh beginnings

Sunrise

 

AWA Lighting Designers Launch “Contextualizing Light,” The AWA Movie Channel

AWA Lighting Designers are pleased to share our work with our friends and well-wishers through “Contextualizing Light,” the AWA Movie Channel on YouTube and Vimeo.

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AWA Archtober Event Tonight at 6pm!

AIA CES Course Lecture by Abhay Wadhwa, AWA Lighting Designers
Tonight October 6th 2015 at 6pm
Location: Edison Price Lighting Gallery – 41-50 22nd St. Long Island City NY 11101
Register to attend the Lecture HERE

 

Evocative visual environments require a healthy balance between bright and dark, light and shadow. In a context where the success of a lighting design solution is often measured by the footcandles achieved, uniformity ratios and wattage consumed, are we losing the plot here? Can light truly be appreciated without shadows and darkness? Lack of a better understanding of darkness and shadows can lead to an altogether lopsided relationship with light and light alone. The absence of its contrasting partners in darkness and shadows can have a diminishing effect on the true beauty of light.

This talk examines our lighting zeitgeist and showcases methods of embracing light and dark, while conforming to the relevant code requirements.

AIA CES Course 1 Learning Unit is available for presentation anytime. If you are interested in having AWA provide this CES course presentation at your offices, please email us at newyork@awalightingdesigners.com with your information and dates interested in the talk.

Click HERE to read our latest AWA Newsflash on the Lecture

Location Details:

  • Edison Price Lighting Gallery
  • 41-50 22nd St. Long Island City NY 11101
  • Google Map Directions HERE
  • Closest Subway Lines F, 7, N, Q, E, M, or R

 

 

 

Abhay Wadhwa Speaks on  “Out of Shadows: Darkness in a New light”

AIA CES Course Lecture by Abhay Wadhwa, AWA Lighting Designers
Tuesday October 6th 2015 at 6pm
Register to attend the Lecture HERE

 

Evocative visual environments require a healthy balance between bright and dark, light and shadow. In a context where the success of a lighting design solution is often measured by the footcandles achieved, uniformity ratios and wattage consumed, are we losing the plot here? Can light truly be appreciated without shadows and darkness? Lack of a better understanding of darkness and shadows can lead to an altogether lopsided relationship with light and light alone. The absence of its contrasting partners in darkness and shadows can have a diminishing effect on the true beauty of light.

This talk examines our lighting zeitgeist and showcases methods of embracing light and dark, while conforming to the relevant code requirements.

AIA CES Course 1 Learning Unit is available for presentation anytime. If you are interested in having AWA provide this CES course presentation at your offices, please email us at newyork@awalightingdesigners.com with your information and dates interested in the talk.

Click HERE to read our latest AWA Newsflash on the Lecture

Location Details:

  • Edison Price Lighting Gallery
  • 41-50 22nd St. Long Island City NY 11101
  • Google Map Directions HERE
  • Closest Subway Lines F, 7, N, Q, E, M, or R

 

 

 

Supermaniac Clads Nen Restaurant With 3,000 Pieces Of Hung Charcoal

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Guests are met with rungs of charred wood, gently illuminated from below

Nen resturant Charcoal nstallation

The charred pieces come from the region’s ubame oak

Serving as a visual indication of the food on offer inside, this restaurant in japan is clad with 3,000 individual charcoal pieces taken from ubame oak. designed by local studio supermaniac, the use of the material continues inside the dining establishment, which serves mainly charbroiled dishes. Upon entering ‘nen’, guests are met with further rungs of charred wood, gently illuminated from below. Within the seated areas, ‘kiku-zumi’ – a crosscut sawtooth oak charcoal that resembles the chrysanthemum flower – has been used. the pieces are placed between a one-way mirror and a fully reflective surface, creating a series of smaller reflections that enhance the form of the material. Within the design, traditional Japanese products have been incorporated to recall established ways of dining, while simultaneously embracing contemporary cuisine.

Click HERE to read more

Article Written by : Philip Stevens

Image courtesy of : Supermaniac inc

Source : Designboom

‘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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighting Zeitgeist- Culture, Light Levels and Economics- Part 3 of many

Over time, we have often seen a shift in requirements within a culture or people. In the United States in the 50’s and 60’s, the popular adage was “more light, better sight.” When the OPEC energy crisis occurred in 1973, it required a serious re-examination of light levels and prompted many research excursions to show that we could work as efficiently in much less light.In the last 50 years, as other areas of the world have found prosperity and technology has become more affordable, traditional constructs of light and darkness have been replaced by grossly overlit spaces. The flip in perceptions is best highlighted by the following two quotes taken from two authors from two different parts of the world, quoting 75 years apart in time.

 The eastern world of early 20th century :
• “We Orientals tend to seek our satisfactions in whatever surroundings we happen to find ourselves, to content ourselves with things as they are; and so darkness causes us no discontent, we resign ourselves to it as inevitable.
• But the westerner is determined always to better his lot…..from candle to oil lamp, oil lamp to gaslight, gaslight to electric light – his quest for a brighter light never ceases, he spares no pains to eradicate even the minutest shadow” – Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, in praise of shadows, Japan [1933]  1950s America :
• The popular adage “more light, better sight” dominated our approach to lighting
• Light levels: +1000 lux
 Post-1973 opec crisis:
• Re-examination of required light levels
• Work more efficiently with less light
• Light levels: reduced to 500 lux
 Today:
• “Some judicious use of shadow would help humanize our over-lit lives.”
• Darkness: basking in the dimming of the light
• Murray Whyte, Toronto Star, Canada (2008)
• Light levels: further reduced to 300 lux

Reflexively, as the ‘green’ movement gains momentum, it inspires the search for more efficient lighting solutions, which in turn leads to the development of halogen lamps, and eventually, light emitting diodes (LED’s). The emergence of the tiny, long-lasting, inexpensive LED’s is anticipated to dramatically change the lighting situations in many developing nations where, previously, people relied more on natural light and on planning activities during times when it was available. In the last 50 years, as other areas of the world have found prosperity and technology has become more affordable, traditional constructs of light and darkness have been replaced by grossly over lit spaces. The critique here is clear, that just because technology is affordable and easy to install it doesn’t mean that it should be implemented carte blanche. All technology is susceptible to environmental concerns, and although LED’s do provide superior lighting efficiency in energy of use sense, the current rate of production to fill the gaps aforementioned cannot be sustained in the long term to meet that demand. The reality of the industry is that we have an uncertain supply of both energy and materials which should be addressed not through techno-solving, but rather through simple ethical implementation into the design process, which starts with the simple question “do we really need this?”

The tide of the ‘green’ movements influence in expanding the implementation of ethically sustainable practices into design can be seen through several different certifications and policy initiatives undertaken in recent years. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification formed by the U.S. Green Building Council is the world’s leading certification in sustainable design for architecture in the United States. Developed by the 20,000 or so members of the council, the certification is won by adhering voluntarily to the standards developed by the council for that specific year. The standards evolve and are voted on by the council every year, with the certification goals becoming ever more progressive.

The same progression can be seen through the evolution of the United States congress bill, the 1992 Energy Policy Act (Epact), in which states had to review and consider adopting national model energy standards. In 2007 the Department of Energy updated the policy to improve energy conservation by 3.7%, followed by an update in 2010 to bring the total to 18.2%. The policy debate surrounding sustainability has a large influence on the discussion about light and how we use it. Though we do see change through initiatives like the LEED certification and the Epact, the zeitgeist still turns toward techno-solving as our chosen methodology for escaping our sins. Technologies such as wind power, hydro-power and nuclear power all contribute to the discussion about how we can make our energy production renewable, however the conversation surround how much we should need and how much we are really using is still too quiet.

1950’s OFFICE LIGHTING- MORE LIGHT BETTER SIGHT, 1973 GAS RATIONING IN THE US

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