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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.

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Brain-Shaped Light Installation Feeds on Your Thoughts


Brain-Shaped Light Installation

Mind and matter meld in Australian artist Laura Jade’s new EEG-controlled installation, Brain Light Project, a boulder-sized light sculpture designed to create a biofeedback loop of light, sound, and thought. In a process developed by Jade, neuroscientist Peter Simpson-Young, and programmer Sam Gentle, the Perspex “neural network” becomes a real-time visualization of visitors’ alpha (meditation), theta (focus and attention), and beta (excitement/agitation) brainwaves. “This experience of seeing your brainwaves represented on an external object in-turn influences the brainwaves that you are creating, which are then represented again on the external object,”

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Article Written by : Beckett Mufson

Image courtesy of : Laura Jade

Source : Thecreatorsproject

Waterlicht – Floods Museum Square In Amsterdam

Artist Daan Roosegaarde Floods Museum Square In Amsterdam

Waterlicht shows how the Netherlands look like without waterworks.

This inner city square, of almost 8 acres, was virtually placed underwater in Netherlands. Immersive lighting showed what the water level in The Netherlands would look like, if they didn’t have all the waterworks they’re known for. Waterlicht lets the visitor experience the almost forgotten power and vulnerability of water. A virtual flood, innovation is seen throughout the landscape, pushed by the waterworks and the history.

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Article : From contemporist

Photo by : Pim Hendriksen

Source : Contemporist

Heightening The Perception Of Daylight With Henry Plummer


Monastery of La Tourette, Éveux-sur-l’Arbresle, France by Le Corbusier

Henry Plummer – Phenomenology is central to this pursuit, for it implies a way to focus upon our direct encounters with phenomena as they show themselves to us, but also on a way to describe the essence of those phenomena as they are given to our consciousness. The accuracy of this process demands that the mind be cleared of all preconceptions and prejudices, and go straight to the phenomena themselves. But I don’t think phenomenology is the sole answer to understanding light, for as architects we need to also comprehend how light can be shaped and managed through time by specific building forms. I think it is useful, therefore, to complement phenomenology with a more rational process, allowing us to question how phenomena come into being through an interaction of sky and building, as the ebb and flow of incident light is guided by architectural openings and volumes, colors and textures. This quasi-scientific knowledge depends on a careful investigation of how light phenomena were shaped in the past, through traditions handed down to us by our predecessors, as well as how the phenomena we love can be authentically formed and recreated in the future.

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Article Written by : Thomas Schielke

Photo by : © Henry Plummer

Source : Archdaily

Which Projection Mapping software?


Do you want to start projection mapping…?

The good news is that there are a lot of programs out there that will allow you to do so, but before you put the time in to learning any of them, take a quick peek at the thoughts for just play around in our Tools section and see for yourself. These tools are just the start and if you learn one, then the next step is to start making content for your mappings. What’s great is that a lot of the software used for creating content is cross platform, Mac & PC mainly. Popular tools of the trade include, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, & Cinema 4D, while there are many more, these 4 and others like them should give you a large enough playground to create custom visuals. Additionally, check out OpenFrameworks, Isodora, Max MSP, vvvv, and Processing.

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Article Written by : Cornelius

Photo by : projection-mapping.org

Source : projection-mapping.org.

New Sculpture In Los Angeles

Cliff Garten Completes New Sculpture In Los Angeles

Los Angeles Opens Its Heart Of Compassion

Los Angeles Opens Its Heart of Compassion is a stunning sculpture in both its scale and urban vision. The delight and strangeness of the colliding traditional and contemporary images held within the sculpture are what attracts attention from the street. The sculpture like the City is opening to the possibility of its surroundings, embracing the pulse and people of the City.The lotus flower seen in ancient Korean art has been layered into multiple readings in much the same way that Korean culture in Korea town has been layered into the fabric of other cultures from other places.

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Artist: Cliff Garten

Photo courtesy of: Jeremy Green

Source: contemporist.

RAW turns downtown Montreal into an interactive kaleidoscope

RAW turns downtown Montreal into an interactive kaleidoscope

A public art installation in Montreal, Canada, that is made from 50 pivoting prisms

The 50 pivoting prisms are made of panels laminated with a dichronic film that transmits and reflects every colour in the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. The prisms are mounted on bases containing projectors. As visitors wander among and manipulate the prisms, they will enjoy an infinite interplay of lights and colourful reflections. As the prisms rotate, a variable-intensity soundtrack comprised of bell sounds will play.

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Article Written by: Roland Rom Colthoff

Photo courtesy of: James Brittain

Source: contemporist.

Penda creates landscape of purple pillars in a Chinese park


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.

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Article Written by: Jessica Mairs

Photo courtesy of: Xia Zhi

Source: Dezeen

Miguel Chevalier’s digital arabesques adapt to visitors’ movements


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.

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Article Written by: Nick Brink

Photo courtesy of: Miguel Chevalier

Source: Designboom

Artist Uses Gehry’s Concert Hall as Canvas in LA Philharmonic Concert Series

Refik Anadol

The first week of December marked the beginning of the LA Philharmonic’s in/SIGHT concert series. The multimedia series will incorporate video images playing in sync with the performance, creating an immersive new way to experience the music for concert-goers. The first of these performances was the collaborative work of conductor Esa-pekka Salonen and artist Refik Anadol in an audio-visual rendition of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques. Using audio analysis and Kinect motion capture software to record Salonen’s movements while conducting, Anadol has created a stunning set of moving images that capture the very spirit of Varèse’s work. Learn more about this fascinating project, after the break.

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Image provided by: Refik Anadol

Article Written by: Connor Walker

Source: ArchDaily

Visions of America: Amériques / LA Phil / Video Artist Cut from Refik Anadol on Vimeo.