Category Archives: The Future

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We are seeking bright stars to join our New Delhi studio. If you are a creative, intelligent, and sincere lighting design professional with an architectural, interior design, electrical or theater background, we will like to hear from you.

Please email your resume and portfolio of sample work to newdelhi@awalightingdesigners.com. Please make sure you have the required skills & disposition for this job before you send in your resume

Creating Sustainable Lighting Solutions

Bushwick Park: project by AWA Lighting Designers

Bushwick Park: project by AWA Lighting Designers

Over time, the architectural community has become increasingly invested in the realization of environmentally sustainable design, and this trend shows no sign of abating. This is a global movement. Sustainable solutions acting in a major metropolis can save building owners significantly on operational costs and cut back in vast quantities on the carbon emissions that would otherwise pervade. And, in other parts of the world, sustainable lighting solutions can make the difference between continuing one’s day, be that education, work or home tasks, or allowing darkness to swallow up needed hours of productivity. Thus, sustainability touches us all.

From low impact materials to energy efficiency, to design for reuse and recycling, there is much to be done. In this context, design connects architects with their partners and consultants, as they work toward their common goal of defining and creating structures that live up to the promise of sustainability. With architecture, technologies, materials and products all merge to create the tangible pieces of lighting design. In their collective application we see the final effects, and the success or failure of strategies and visions. How these pieces are put to use by installers and later by building occupants has tremendous importance on their visual comfort, efficiency performance, function and beauty that must be considered carefully from design inception.

Able to realize the vision of their architectural partners, lighting designers are critical members of the process. For, it is very true that one of the most efficient ways to reduce the overall carbon footprint of a structure is to amend its lighting design with smartly conceived and realized design. And, in the developing world, sustainable lighting nourishes the very essence of life. Thus, although it is just one piece of the puzzle, lighting has an outsized effect on sustainability. Understanding what is possible in this arena only serves to invigorate a practice and encourage new paradigms.

Light triggers critical physiological and psychological responses within human beings. And, since most of us spend the majority of our lives in the built environment, the level and quality of light within these buildings has real implications for our health and wellness. Luckily, today’s architect is armed with sophisticated structural options that allow for more lighting choices than at any point in architecture’s history. In today’s design world, it is no longer a question of whether to design with light in mind, but how to design with light in mind. As we become more aware of light’s implications on our physiological and psychological selves, and as technology affords a greater range of options, architects and their partners are left with an increased repertoire to draw from.  As it relates to health and wellness, the key points to consider are the quality, the quantity and the type of light being delivered within the space. 

Consider first how light comes into play in a health-oriented society. Many functions necessary for growth and well being such as breathing, sleeping, blood pressure, body temperature, appetite, moods, mental acuity, and the immune system are governed by the endocrine system, which is strongly impacted and affected by light, both natural & created by electric sources. There is also evidence suggesting that proper quantities of visually perceived light are needed for healthy functioning of the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that controls motivation, learning, and creativity; the limbic system, the part of the brain that stores emotional impressions of the world; and the motor cortex and the brain stem, the parts of the brain that coordinate body movement and the maintenance of life.

2020 PARADIGM SHIFT

2020 PARADIGM SHIFT – Past / Present / Future

  • Is there a Paradigm Shift Coming?
  • Changing technologies
  • New materials
  • New policies

PAST

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PRESENT

  • Total Penetration of LED Components for the Global Lighting Market is 14.4% [2011]
  • $1.8 Billion/$12.5 Billion

Global Lighting Market

FUTURE

  • 140 lumens/watt 220 lumens/watt
  • Solid state lighting [SSL] will comprise 70% of the global lighting market by 2020

Conventional Lighting / LED Lighting

  • Lack of standards for many components of the led package
  • Reliability of the led package impacts future growth

Manufacturing Costs

6 Essential Time Management Tips for Architects

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6 Essential Time Management Tips for Architects.

It’s a familiar story: with so much work to do and architecture’s client-focused nature, many architects struggle to divide up their time effectively. But did you know that there are some simple time management techniques that might appeal to your architect mindset?.

1. Manage Your Time Proactively.
Being proactive with your time means making deliberate choices about what you do and, more importantly, what you don’t do. It means focusing on the important tasks that get results. It’s about using leverage and being effective.
This is the cornerstone of effective time management. Your time belongs to you. It’s a finite resource you need to manage effectively. Don’t let others dictate how you spend it.
This is often easier said than done, especially when your boss or client expects things done yesterday. However, setting expectations and being consistent will give you greater control over your day-to-day and your life in general. Respect your time and others will respect it as well.

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Article Written by : Michael Kilkelly

Image courtesy of : ©Min Chiu via Shutterstock

Source : Archdaily

New Energy Technologies want to make Electricity with Every Window

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Can be applied on traditional skyscraper windows.

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They can tint in custom colors.

American company, new energy technologies is developing electricity generating transparent windows and products for America’s 85 million detached homes and commercial buildings. Their mission has been to create solar windows which produce impressive amounts of clean electricity, that benefit the environment and the building landscape. The team developed a coating capable of generating electricity on glass and flexible plastics that is processed uniformly in different color tints. These polymer organic photovoltaic arrays are clear and only capture UV rays which can be scaled up and have unparalleled manufacturability.

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Article Written by : Piotr Boruslawski

Image courtesy of : New Energy Technologies

Source : Designboom

‘Clean the Air. Let the Future Breathe Again’ – Smoke to Illustrate Dangers of Air Pollution

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The project helps illustrate how crucial the issue of air pollution is for future generations

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xiao zhu uses factory smoke to illustrate dangers of air pollution

Xiao Zhu is a chinese company dedicated to providing clean air to its citizens. The country sees more than 500,000 die every year from causes related in some way to extreme levels of airborne contaminants. Like most socially conscious businesses, entering better products into the market is often only a small part of a larger equation; true change lies within education and protest. To make an impact, xiao zhu needed to show the people of china how crucial the issue is, and they did so in the most direct means possible.

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Article Written by : Nick Brink

GIF & Image courtesy of : Xiao Zhu

Source : Designboom

Morpholio Launches Messaging App for Architects – CRIT

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Messaging App for Architects

Adding to an already stellar range of apps for architects and designers, The Morpholio Project has launched Crit, a messaging app for architects which allows users to critique designs, share ideas and send key information such as dimensions and materials. With modern architectural projects relying on increasingly large teams of architects, engineers, project managers and contractors, design decisions have to be shared with a large number of people – leading to slow decisions in an increasingly fast-paced world. Crit is available now on the Apple iTunes Store.
Crit Features:
MESSAGE: Type, sketch or write comments
INVITE: Share work or images with your team instantly
SKETCH: Markup or draw over any image
ALERTS: Notifications when someone comments

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Article Written by : Rory Stott

Photo Courtesy of : The Morpholio Project

Source : Archdaily

First Zero Net Energy Community In California Announced

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First Zero Net Energy Community In California

There are several ZNE homes throughout California, but none clustered at one community. This community not only allows the value of operation cost reduction to the homeowners, but provides much-needed data to the utilities about kW production and demand at each home, and cumulatively at the transformer level to provide needed data to design service for community level Zero Energy as California building code progresses toward this standard. Meritage Homes is opening the first zero net energy community in California in Fontana, which is about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. Twenty of their Sierra Crest homes comprise the community. It is expected that 6 of the 20 will be ready by July of this year.

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Article Written by : Jake Richardson

Photo by : Meritage Homes

Source : cleantechnica.

2015’s Most Exciting Building Projects

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Artist’s Rendering for the most sustainable airport in the world Mexico City International Airport

This year will see construction begin on the new Mexico City International Airport, boasting to be the most sustainable airport in the world. The airport will have just one terminal, measuring 470,000-square-meters, which will eventually serve six runways. The entire terminal is enclosed within a continuous lightweight gridshell, embracing walls and roof in a single, flowing form, evocative of flight. The design ensures short walking distances and few level changes, it is easy to navigate, and passengers will not have to use internal trains or underground tunnels – it is a celebration of space and light.

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Article Written by : Matthew Ponsford

Photo by : Artist Rendering

Source : edition.cnn

Top Middle East projects proposed in 2015

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Dream Island a manmade island in Ras Al Khaimah, which is being billed as a “mini Ibiza”,

With only three months into 2015, regional projects have already started to pick up up numerous large-scale developments planned for the Gulf, as well as the rest of the Arab world. Egypt is taking the lead with its announcement of a masterplan for a new capital city designed by SOM as well as a much talked about pyramid skyscraper.

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Article Written by: Aidan Imanova

Photo : From designMENA

Source: designMENA.