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Taking Daylight to the Next Level: How Daylighting Analysis is Changing Design


Ashjar at Al Barari residential project

Until recently, renderings were the architect’s primary tool for understanding daylight in their designs—renderings, and a healthy dose of intuition. But a new generation of daylighting analysis tools, which is emerging alongside a new generation of daylighting metrics, are enabling architects to look at daylight in new ways—with important implications for design.

Business as usual, when it comes to daylight, is to use rules of thumb to design, then use renderings to check the design and communicate the intent. Rendering has fast become an art form: the creation of exquisite, evocative, often atmospheric imagery that communicates the mood, the experience, the visceral feel of the design. This is no accident: daylighting is a magic ingredient in architecture, bringing dynamism to static structure, imbuing buildings with a sense of time, and renderings are a powerful way to capture and communicate these ideas—a necessary complement to the hard line plans and sections that comprise much of the architect’s lexicon. Renderings have expanded our ability to communicate designs. They have also expanded our ability to conceptualize designs—and especially to conceptualize the daylight in our designs.

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Article Written by : Carl S. Sterner

Image courtesy of : 10 DESIGN

Source : Archdaily

BMW’s Vision for the Future of Luxury

BMW vision future luxury integrates augmented reality heads-up display

BMW vision future luxury integrates augmented reality heads-up display

In early april 2014, BMW invited Designboom to Munich for a sneak peek of the ‘vision future luxury’, a high-tech four-door saloon that foreshadows the company’s forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation. emphasized in the concept is the precisely engineered exterior design with lightweight materials and refined interior craftsmanship, which seamlessly integrates the user interface and driving experience together as a whole.

‘The design of the BMW vision future luxury is the messenger of our philosophy of modern luxury, one in which innovative technologies play a key and vital role,’ explains Karim Habib, head of BMW design. ‘these innovations deliver a new, multifaceted luxury experience that spans intelligent lightweight engineering, innovative interior design and a radically new user interface design.’

The exterior design showcases the advanced study of aerodynamics and innovative lightweight engineering. the coupé style roofline and sloping boot lid, for example, significantly reduces drag. the facade of the BMW vision future luxury includes aerodynamic detailing such as an ‘air breather’ system at the rear of the front wheel arch, a C-pillar with internal air channeling, and openings in the rear apron which vent air from the wheel arches.

‘Innovative technology and modern luxury have always been an important part of BMW’s brand DNA,’ says Adrian Van Hooydonk, senior vice president BMW group design. ‘we use visionary concept vehicles like the BMW vision future luxury to show where we may be going with these themes in the future, and to give us new inspiration and motivation. the BMW vision future luxury – with its innovative technologies and with meticulous precision and quality in every detail – takes our thinking on modern luxury a logical stage further.’

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Written By: Rodrigo Caula

Image © BMW

Source: Designboom



The World’s Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today

Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun’s light to the top of 459-foot towers, where water is turned into steam to power turbines. Bingo: you have the world’s biggest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

Long-mired by regulatory issues and legal tangles, the enormous solar plant–jointly owned byNRG Energy, BrightSource Energy and Google–opened for business today.

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Written by: Attila Nagy

Source: Gizmodo

AWA Project Update – Bushwick Inlet Park

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


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

Lightly Solar Powered Clothespins Illuminate City Streets

Designers idan noyberg and gal bulka have designed the ‘lightly’ clothespin, a sustainable twist on an everyday item that lights up the cityscape in a sea of vibrant colors. By simply securing the cloth pegs to hanging garments on the street, an internal system autonomously shines at night. each clasp has a small solar panel attached to the top of its clip, which collects sunlight throughout the day. By dusk, a sensor supplies a tiny battery pack with the cue to turn on, automatically illuminating the LEDs in color. The intelligent twist on an ordinary household chore adds a visual contribution to the streetscape while maintaining an environmentally friendly design.

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Source: Designboom

Solar-Powered LED Lighting Pavilion in Michigan

London-based art and design studio loop pH have developed ‘the SOL dome’, a fully responsive lighting pavilion in michigan. The honeycomb-shaped structure is assembled onsite from thousands of individual circles woven from composite fibers, extending through space with its hollow lightweight constructing. Measuring 8 x 4 meters and weighs just 40 kg, the ‘SOL dome’ is illuminated by a circular matrix of solar powered LEDs. The portable structure is animated; it interacts and adapts to its environment, similar to a plant and its surrounding ecosystem. The rotational breathing rhythm of light is driven by an onsite CO2 sensor – the underlying geometry and construction technique of the dome is based on chemical and molecular bonds between carbon atoms. When each fibre is bent into a circle, it charges the LEDs like a battery, creating a controlled energetic structure.

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Source: Designboom

LED Lighting Creeps Toward Tipping Point

Overhauls across both Las Vegas and Los Angeles offer a vivid illustration of what’s possible – especially when you consider that street lights can account for up to 40 percent of a given city’s electricity bill.


For perspective, in 2008, the city paid $16 million for the electricity to keep its street lights lit. It is saving almost half that amount, $7.5 million, through the retrofit.

Despite savings of this sort, LED lighting will only account for about 5 percent of all the technologies used in retrofit projects this year, estimates Navigant Research. By 2017, however, its share will probably hit 40 percent; it will pass the halfway mark by 2021. One big factor is lower LED pricing, which is helping compress the payback periods.

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Written by: Heather Clancy

Source: Forbes

Bushwick Inlet Park Opens

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation cut the ribbon on its newest and greenest facility, an innovative 15,500 square foot multi-use building serving North Brooklyn’s waterfront. Designed by Kiss + Cathcart, Architects, this wedge-shaped structure seamlessly draws the adjacent park up onto its roof to create a new public landscape looking out to the East River and the Manhattan skyline.

Bushwick Inlet Park is the first phase in transforming Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s industrial riverfront into a continuous strip of green space and public amenities. From 2008 to 2011 an empty parking lot between N. 9th and N. 10th Streets from Kent Avenue to the river was converted into a native riverfront landscape and multipurpose athletic field. The new building, as the final component, adds venues for both community programs and park operations.

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Written by: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

With Better Software, Office Buildings Can Cut Energy Use by 30 Percent: A Techwise Conversation with Mike Zimmerman

In the recent U.S. presidential State of the Union address, there were few surprises when it came to energy policy, including its ringing endorsement of conservation. One of the easiest ways to conserve ought to be more efficient use of the energy it takes to heat and light office buildings. After all, they already have control systems for their heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning.

And yet, while a lot has been done to make new buildings highly efficient with new control systems, there’s been, to date, very little effort to help existing control systems in existing buildings wring out the waste. Unsurprisingly, this represents quite an opportunity for clever start-ups, one that the market is now starting to fill.

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Interview by: Steven Cherry

Source: IEEE Spectrum

Bioluminescence and the future of lighting

But the more fortunate ones are the little creatures that exhibit the quality of “bioluminescence” or the ability to generate their own light. These organisms produce the enzyme luciferase, which interacts with a particular type of light-emitting molecule called a luciferin, and this combination produces light—much like a light stick where chemical compounds mix to produce a glow of light. It is a familiar concept to those who have gone night diving where plankton and jellyfish glow under the evening sky. Scientists say that approximately 90 percent of deep sea animals are bioluminous. On land, we have fireflies as the most popular bioluminescent creature.
The concept behind luminescence is very different from that of incandescence, where a lot of power is needed to create light. Because heat is hardly produced in the production of its light, bioluminescence has also become known as “cold light.”
What makes bioluminescence fascinating is that the animals themselves produce and use the light for attracting prey or fending off attackers.

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Written by: Isabel Berenguer Asuncion

Source: Inquirer Business