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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”.

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.

View the full article here.

AWA Lighting Designers Update – April 2015

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sam Kutesa, the President of the General Assembly cut the ribbon unveiling 'The Ark of Return'.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sam Kutesa, the President of the General Assembly cut the ribbon unveiling ‘The Ark of Return’.

AWA Project ‘Ark of Return’ Unveiled at the UN Headquarters

On Wednesday March 25 2015, on the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade, the ‘Ark of Return’ Memorial was unveiled.

The ‘Ark of Return’ Memorial will be on permanent display at the visitors plaza of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This memorial honors lives of those who died as a result of slavery or experienced the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade.

AWA is honored be a member of this team, ably led by Rodney Leon of Rodney Leon Architects.

PROJECT TEAM:

Client: United Nations Permanent Memorial Committee  

Architect: Rodney Leon Architects

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Niche within the Memorial that holds the human sculpture called 'The Trinity Figure'

Niche within the Memorial that holds the human sculpture called ‘The Trinity Figure’

AWA Project Singapore Chancery Inaugurated

The Singapore Chancery is located in the east side of midtown Manhattan, two blocks away from the UN Headquarters in NYC. This seven-storey building houses the diplomatic offices of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore to the United Nations.

The scope of our work included all areas of the building, while conforming to pertinent energy regulations and local NYC building codes. The lighting design for the facade was based on our analysis of the architectural intent- highlight dynamism while displaying clear solidity. We grazed the glass of the facade with a linear uplight, while the space behind was uplit with a cove, consistently on each floor.

PROJECT TEAM:

Client: Republic of Singapore  

Architect: HOK NY

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Main Entrance at the Singapore Chancery, New York, NY

Main Entrance at the Singapore Chancery, New York, NY

View of Exterior Facade of the Singapore Chancery from across 48th Street, New York, NY

View of Exterior Facade of the Singapore Chancery from across 48th Street, New York, NY

Other News:

Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn
Bushwick Inlet Park has been certified LEED® Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.
To see the USGBC score card, please Click Here

Recent Publications
– AWA is featured in Bright 2 ‘Architectural Illumination and Light Installations’.
To read more about the book, please Click Here

– AWA Project Cyber Hub is featured in Mondo Arc India Magazine.
To read the article, please Click Here

Abhay Wadhwa to speak at PLDC 2015
Abhay Wadhwa will speak at the 2015 Professional Lighting Designer Convention (PLDC) in Rome. He also spoke at PLDC 2013 in Copenhagen. Stay tuned for more information about his talk.
To see the PLDC website, please Click Here

Did You Know?
– AWA is able to provide lighting design drawings and details on REVIT, as well as AutoCAD.

– AWA can design and detail custom light fixtures. Please Click Here to see some examples.

– AWA is an AIA Approved CES Provider. Currently, AWA offers 5 courses:

1. What Will 2020 Bring?
2. Light and Health
3. Impact of Culture & Climate
4. LED’s for Infrastructure
5. Light Masterplanning
For more information on these courses, please Click Here.

When Buildings, Street Art and Projection Mapping merge

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The world’s first graffiti projection mapping project stands five stories high and 70 meters long in Australia

TDC provided the technology and expertise behind graffiti-mapping artwork projected onto the largest mural in Melbourne – spanning five stories high and 70 meters long. The groundbreaking piece of street art was one of the highlights of White Night Melbourne 2015, a 12-hour nocturnal extravaganza running from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., inspired by Paris’ Nuit Blanche and the international network of White Night programmes around the world.

Click HERE to read more about the Project.

Article Written by : Church Designer Staff

Photo by : © Juddy Roller & © TDC

Source : designerpub.

UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Two weeks ago today the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sam Kutesa the President of the General Assembly cut the ribbon unveiling “The Ark of Return”. The unveiling happened at the UN New York Headquarters where the permanent memorial sits as a memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. AWA was proud to be there for the unveiling as part of the design team.

Click HERE to read more about the unveiling

Photo courtesy of: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Source: UN News Centre

Rodney Leon explains ‘The Ark of Return’

Rodney Leon, architect and designer of the Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Rodney Leon, architect and designer of the Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

This year’s March 25 2015 commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade had particular significance at United Nations Headquarters in New York, where six years of work to establish a permanent memorial to honour the victims pays off with the unveiling today.

Designed by Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent who was chosen in 2013 as the winner of an international competition attracting a total of 310 entries from 83 countries, ‘The Ark of Return’ honours the memories of the estimated 15 million men, women and children who were victims of the largest forced migration in history.

“It makes me feel extremely proud that I can play a role and a part in the commemoration of such an important and historic day,” Mr. Leon says in an interview. “I feel really proud that we have a physical marker and a place of remembrance for this annual celebration to take place moving forward.”

Click HERE to read more of the article.

Article Written by: UN News Centre

Photo courtesy of: UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Source: UN News Centre

Penda creates landscape of purple pillars in a Chinese park

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Music is liquid architecture, architecture is frozen music

Visitors to a park in Xiangyang are greeted by over 500 bright purple fins, which are dotted with LEDs and play traditional Chinese music from internal speakers.The fins are clad in sheets of perforated stainless steel in four shades of purple, representing the tones found in the flowering trees. LEDs shine through the tiny holes in the steel at night, illuminating the entrance and reflecting off pools of water, while speakers installed in some of the square-sectioned shafts play traditional Chinese music.

Click HERE to read more about the project.

Article Written by: Jessica Mairs

Photo courtesy of: Xia Zhi

Source: Dezeen

Unveiling of UN Permanent Memorial: The Ark of Return

Wednesday March 25 2015 was the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade. We are pleased to announce that the ‘Ark of Return’ Memorial was unveiled as part of the days events. The ‘Ark of Return’ is a memorial that will be permanently on display at the Plaza at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This memorial honors lives of those who died as a result of slavery or experienced the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. Please see below for some photographs from the unveiling.

 

AWA is honored be a member of this team, ably led by Rodney Leon. 

PROJECT TEAM:

Client: United Nations Permanent Memorial Committee  

Architect: Rodney Leon Architects

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Structural Consultant: Robert Silman Associates

MEP Consultant: Morozov PE

Water Feature Consultant: Delta Fountains

Unveiling of Monument by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Unveiling of Monument by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

 

View of memorial looking east towards the east river

View of memorial looking east towards the east river

View of memorial entrance looking south

View of memorial entrance looking south

"Consider the Legacy" Niche holds a deliberately androgynous human sculpture, called ‘the trinity figure’

Niche within the monument that holds human sculpture, called ‘the trinity figure’

‘the trinity figure’ representing the human spirit and the spirit of the men, women and children of African descent whose deaths resulted from the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

‘the trinity figure’ representing the human spirit and the spirit of the men, women and children of African descent whose deaths resulted from the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

View of memorial looking north

View of memorial looking north

Miguel Chevalier’s digital arabesques adapt to visitors’ movements

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Mathematical formulas and infrared-sensors control the floor

Miguel Chevalier was influenced by Moroccan culture when creating ‘digital arabesques 2015′, a generative and interactive installation shown in association with four french institutes in Morocco. The work recreates Moroccan artistic traditions with a digital medium, creating massive sensor-controlled carpets of light. Multicolored digital scenes compose patterns reminiscent to the art of zelliges, arabesques, mosaics, and the world of mashrabiya–latticework.

Click HERE to read more about the project.

Article Written by: Nick Brink

Photo courtesy of: Miguel Chevalier

Source: Designboom

Society of Indo-American Engineers & Architects (SIAEA) Names Abhay Wadhwa a 2014 Honoree

Abhay Wadhwa was recently named a 2014 Honoree by the Society of Indio-American Engineers and Architects (SIAEA). The 34th Annual Gala was held at the Grand Hyatt, Grand Central Station, in New York City. Among the special guests was Honorable Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay the Consulate General if India, New York and the Honorable Bill De Blasio the Mayor of New York City. 

 

SIAEA 34th Annual Gala inviation

SIAEA 34th Annual Gala invitation