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“Framing The Skyline” Bushwick Inlet Park in LD+A Magazine

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

Sustainability was the top priority when designing the new Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn, Aesthetics, however, were not sacrificed for the cause.  We working with Kiss + Cathcart Architects to use wayfinding, patterns and rhythms of light, and pronounced geometric highlighting to illuminate the contemporary 6.2-acre park, community center and large wooden canopy. Integrated LED’s, steplights and concrete-encased downlights define the site, creating a nighttime display that can be seen all the way from Manhattan.

PROJECT TEAM:

Client:    NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Architect:    Kiss + Cathcart Architects
Lighting Consultant:    AWA Lighting Designers
Local Team:    Starr Whitehouse Landscape ArchitectsRobert Silman AssociatesLangan Engineering
Photographer:    Paul Warchol

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UN Global Efficient Lighting Forum held in Beijing

Beijing hosted a global energy-saving forum from Monday to Tuesday, bringing together governments, the private sector, financial institutions and international agencies to reaffirm their commitment to implementing a worldwide transition to energy efficient lighting.

The Global Efficient Lighting Forum was spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and inspired by the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, which prioritized lighting as one of its five energy efficiency accelerators. Among the various measures, investing in efficient lighting instead of building new power plants is the cleanest, fastest and most cost-effective way to reduce climate change, the UNEP said.

UNEP estimates that replacing all inefficient on-grid lighting globally with innovative, energy-efficient alternatives would result in over 1,000 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity savings annually, which is equivalent to the annual use of India and the United Kingdom combined. This electricity savings is equivalent to over 120 billion U.S dollars in avoided electricity bills and the reduction of over 530 million tonnes of CO2 annually.

LED lighting and digital control systems are revolutionizing lighting services by delivering improved levels of energy efficiency to all sectors. If there were a global transition to LED, it would reduce electricity consumption by 1550 TWh worldwide, which could provide 1.5 billion household with electricity. Representatives attending the forum have reached an agreement to double the global rate of energy efficiency and make sustainable energy for all a reality by 2030.

The forum was hosted by the Global Efficient Lighting Centre (GELC)-UNEP Collaborating Centre, with support from China’s National Development and Reform Commission, Industry and Information Technology Ministry, and the government of Beijing Municipality.

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Article Editor by: Du Mingming、Yao Chun

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-Global Environment Facility (GEF): Website

Source: People’s Daily

AWA Project Update – AIA lists Bushwick Inlet Park in the Top Ten Sustainable

AWA is pleased to share that the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) has named Bushwick Inlet Park amongst the Top Ten Sustainable Projects in the United States for 2014.

Congratulations to the entire team lead by Kiss + Cathcart Architects.

Please see the images below of the project at night.

PROJECT TEAM:
Client:    NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Architect:    Kiss + Cathcart Architects
Lighting Consultant:    AWA Lighting Designers
Local Team:    Starr Whitehouse Landscape ArchitectsRobert Silman AssociatesLangan Engineering
Photographer:    Paul Warchol

Select Recent Press Coverage:
America Institute of Architects:    AIA Press Release
Architect Magazine:    Bushwick Inlet Park
ArchDaily:    AIA Names Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects in U.S.
Architectural Digest:    The Top Ten Green Buildings of 2014
ECO Building Pulse:    The 2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects

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 staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

Fins on South Facade- Lit with narrow beam LED downlights cast in concrete

Fins on South Facade- Lit with narrow beam LED downlights cast in concrete

Streaking Light Pillars Illuminate the Night Sky

The natural phenomenon known as light pillars are making headlines once again due to one photographer’s incredible capture of them one recent cold and late winter night. Photographer Jay Callaghan shot the beautiful photo (above), on his back deck at 1:45 am as he was looking northeast toward Chemong Road in Peterborough, Ontario.

When extreme cold weather hits, ice crystals or tiny discs of ice may form. Usually these ice crystals evaporate before ever reaching the ground. When sunlight or moonlight is reflected on these ice crystals, thin columns that extend vertically above and/or below the source of light are created.

So, how does one explain all of the colors? As the Weather Doctor states, “Because the light rays forming pillars are reflected, they take on the color of the incident light. For example, when the sun is higher in the sky, pillars are white or bright yellow in color. But when it is near the horizon and its light color dominantly orange, gold or red, so is the resulting pillar.”

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Written by: Alice

Source: My Modern Met

AWA Project Update – Bushwick Inlet Park

PROJECT TEAM:
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

PROJECT BRIEF:

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

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.

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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

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.

Lighting Research Center

LRC

Time to Switch Approach to Light Pollution

With the continued development of civilisation around the world, there are fewer places left where the skies are completely unaffected by light pollution.

Some lighting manufacturers are becoming increasingly aware of the issue of light pollution, as are property owners and developers in the Middle East.

In Abu Dhabi, the environmental services team at the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) monitors and audits properties on Saadiyat Island so that lights do not cause endangered Hawksbill sea turtles to head away from the sea and in the wrong direction.

During nesting season, for example, lighting at night is dimmed to facilitate in the conservation of baby turtles that hatch along Saadiyat Beach.

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Written by: Neil Parmar

Source: The National

Light Pollution Blocks Stars and also a Danger to Your Health

On a beautiful clear night, you might enjoy going out and look up at the stars but you may not be seeing as many stars as you could be.

It’s called light pollution, it’s an effect caused by bright lights blocking out the view of the night sky.

You may think that’s only a big city problem but it’s not.

Shanil Virani is the director of the JMU Planetarium.
He is expressing his concern about there being too many lights.
Virani says, “If you’ve ever seen the earth at night you are seeing lights from cities, being sent directly up. It’s a waste of money, it’s a waste of energy, and by many studies it amounts to several billion dollars worth of wasted light. ”

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Written by: Aubrey Urbanowicz

Source: WHSV

Bringing Back The Night: The Fight Against Light Pollution

Last month, France — including the City of Light — grew darker late at night as one of the world’s most comprehensive lighting ordinances went into effect.

From 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., shop lights are being turned off, and lights inside office buildings must be extinguished within an hour of workers leaving the premises. The lighting on France’s building facades cannot be turned on before sunset. Over the next two years, regulations restricting lighting on billboards will go into effect. These rules are designed to eventually cut carbon dioxide emissions by 250,000 tons per year, save the equivalent of the annual energy consumption of 750,000 households, and slash the country’s overall energy bill by 200 million Euros ($266 million).

But no less a motivation, says France’s Environment Ministry, is to “reduce the print of artificial lighting on the nocturnal environment” — a powerful acknowledgement that excessive use of lighting in many parts of the world is endangering our health and the health of the ecosystems on which we rely. The good news, however, is that light pollution is readily within our grasp to control.

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Source: The Guardian