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AWA Newsflash: Abhay Wadhwa to Speak at AIA International Conference in Toronto

Abhay Wadhwa, Design Principal & CEO at AWA Lighting Designers will speak at the ‘Triangulate in Toronto’ Conference on Friday, October 21 2016 on “The Impact of Culture and Climate on Lighting Design Solutions.”

The following is the abstract from his talk:
A given culture’s position in the global economic development cycle is often reflected in its use of lighting in urban, night environments. Striking a balance between regional differences of culture and climate, and globalization is often a challenge. We will examine the variations in lighting, concepts, and solutions in response to the local culture and climate.

For complete information on the conference and stellar list of speakers please go HERE.

What are the Philosophical Connections of Lighting to Culture?

Feng Shui says soft light creates a positive energy and the right conjunction of light, which is colour and direction promotes harmony and prosperity, relating it to the yin and yang symbol of harmony, where you need both.

In Vastu Shastra, colour, light and smell are often used to remediate inauspicious conditions in existing structures. It’s a fact that is probably known to all of us, and, it is encouraged to turn on all the lights in house at night, even briefly to expel all negative energy, I know lot of us are made to do that at Diwali so that Lakshmi comes and everyone’s got money, but I’ve had several friends who’ve come and said, “Yeah, my mother used to make me do that”. And, then there is of course the famous shloka from Rig Veda which is, “Asato ma sadgamaya”, and then, “tamaso ma jyotirgamaya.”

Somewhere along the line, in our culture, darkness became a bad thing, because darkness was seen as ignorance or lack of awareness, and light was seen as knowledge. Then, in the Jungian philosophy, it says the shadow is the reservoir for human darkness, as well as the seed of creativity. All of us creative people are really, according to Carl Jung, relying on the shadow in some ways. And then Sufism on the other side says, “Nothingness, which is darkness, is essential to attaining enlightenment”.

Abhay Wadhwa to Speak at ISOLA 2014 Conference

On Saturday March 1 2014, Abhay Wadhwa will speaking at the Indian Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA) 9th Annual National Conference 2014. Abhay will lecture on The Impact of Culture and Climate on Lighting Systems during day 2 of the conference.

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Link for the official ISOLA 2014 Brochure

Link for the official ISOLA convention website 

Link for the official ISOLA main website

 

Newsflash: Abhay Wadhwa Speaks at PLDC 2013 in Copenhagen

Abhay Wadhwa Speaks at PLDC 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Abhay Wadhwa, AWA’s Design Principal, has been invited to speak at Professional Lighting Design Convention (PLDC 2013) in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 31 2013.

He will speak on “The Impact Of Culture And Climate On Lighting Systems.” A given culture’s position in the global economic development cycle is often reflected in its use of lighting in urban, night environments. Striking a balance between regional differences of culture and climate, and globalization is often a challenge. Abhay’s talk will examine the variations in lighting, concepts, and solutions in response to the local culture and climate.

This biannual convention is a 3-day event to bring the professional lighting and design worlds together. Architects, designers, lighting professionals, researchers, universities, industry, developers, and clients will be in attendance. PLDC is a platform to meet, learn about the latest developments in lighting design, and discuss the future of the lighting profession.

PLDC 2013

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Recently Completed AWA Project: NYC Parks Department Cuts the Ribbon on Bushwick Inlet Park
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. Please stay tuned for more updates on this project.

Please read AWA’s complete Blog Post for more information.

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11 years as Adjunct Faculty at the LRC, RPI
This Fall semester, Abhay will teach his 11th Lighting Design studio at the Lighting Research Center at RPI. He has always seen this opportunity as an honor and privilege, and looks forward every year to sharing ideas, thoughts and philosophies with the graduate studio at the LRC.

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Abhay Wadhwa Presented on The Impact of Culture and Climate on Light in Seoul, Korea

On Thursday May 30, Abhay Wadhwa presented a lecture on The Impact of Culture and Climate on Light at the pre-opening salon seminar for the Social Place Novo Exhibit. The Exhibit and lecture was hosted by Novo Architecture.

Please click here for a link to Novo Architecture’s website.