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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”.

AWA NEWSFLASH: AWA Launches New Vertical – The Healthy Lighting Studio

The new Healthy Lighting Studio focuses on improving health and well-being with lighting. The Healthy Lighting Studio is located at AWA’s New York location, and is led by AWA’s Design Principal Abhay Wadhwa. The new vertical is an addition to the existing verticals at the AWA studios.

Why?
Over the past 14 years, AWA has completed several healthcare projects, and the endeavor has always been to utilize the uplifting nuances of light to create evocative and healing spaces. We have focused intently on using light and lighting to improve the health and well-being of people, especially in healthcare and recuperative environments.

Because of our several ongoing projects and our personal interest in this topic, we have started a new design and research vertical at our studio, where we will continue to develop mainstream design applications for the greater public good. The intent is to provide a holistic response for the visual environment, providing services such as lighting design, color therapy design, visual graphics & way-finding design, lighting technology retrofit upgrades, and EMF/RFI analysis.

Project Types:

  • Special Needs
  • Assisted Living
  • Hospital Patient Rooms
  • Recuperation Centers
  • Wellness Spas

If you would like more information on our services please contact us at newyork@awalightingdesigners.com or by calling Abhay directly.

View from Entrance Lobby at Medicity Medanta - AWA uses backlighting for stone wall and indirect lighting for circulation

View from Entrance Lobby at Medicity Medanta – AWA uses backlighting for stone wall and indirect lighting for circulation

 

 

A 24-hour lighting for improving life for Older Adults, undertaken by the Lighting Research Center

A 24-hour lighting for improving life for Older Adults, undertaken by the Lighting Research Center

Impact of Humidity on Light

Some areas have almost 90% humidity through several months of the year. The humidity in the air coupled with water in the ground means that all components of a lighting system need to be addressed as a complete system to ensure proper functioning. The water/ humidity finds the weakest link in the system and creeps through to the other parts via capillary action which has an adverse impact on the functioning and life of the components.

Choice of hardware must also be informed by whether the environment is near the ocean, as the salines will then have an adverse impact on the componentry.

  • Humidity coupled with ground water means that all components of a lighting system must be addressed
  • Water finds the weakest link in the system and seeps through via capillary action
  • Alia Diwa Resort Goa:
    • Wiring processes: use of glands, mastic tapes and silicone fills essential to keep humidity and ground water out
    • Salinity has an adverse impact on the componentry.

Creating Sustainable Lighting Solutions

Bushwick Park: project by AWA Lighting Designers

Bushwick Park: project by AWA Lighting Designers

Over time, the architectural community has become increasingly invested in the realization of environmentally sustainable design, and this trend shows no sign of abating. This is a global movement. Sustainable solutions acting in a major metropolis can save building owners significantly on operational costs and cut back in vast quantities on the carbon emissions that would otherwise pervade. And, in other parts of the world, sustainable lighting solutions can make the difference between continuing one’s day, be that education, work or home tasks, or allowing darkness to swallow up needed hours of productivity. Thus, sustainability touches us all.

From low impact materials to energy efficiency, to design for reuse and recycling, there is much to be done. In this context, design connects architects with their partners and consultants, as they work toward their common goal of defining and creating structures that live up to the promise of sustainability. With architecture, technologies, materials and products all merge to create the tangible pieces of lighting design. In their collective application we see the final effects, and the success or failure of strategies and visions. How these pieces are put to use by installers and later by building occupants has tremendous importance on their visual comfort, efficiency performance, function and beauty that must be considered carefully from design inception.

Able to realize the vision of their architectural partners, lighting designers are critical members of the process. For, it is very true that one of the most efficient ways to reduce the overall carbon footprint of a structure is to amend its lighting design with smartly conceived and realized design. And, in the developing world, sustainable lighting nourishes the very essence of life. Thus, although it is just one piece of the puzzle, lighting has an outsized effect on sustainability. Understanding what is possible in this arena only serves to invigorate a practice and encourage new paradigms.

Light triggers critical physiological and psychological responses within human beings. And, since most of us spend the majority of our lives in the built environment, the level and quality of light within these buildings has real implications for our health and wellness. Luckily, today’s architect is armed with sophisticated structural options that allow for more lighting choices than at any point in architecture’s history. In today’s design world, it is no longer a question of whether to design with light in mind, but how to design with light in mind. As we become more aware of light’s implications on our physiological and psychological selves, and as technology affords a greater range of options, architects and their partners are left with an increased repertoire to draw from.  As it relates to health and wellness, the key points to consider are the quality, the quantity and the type of light being delivered within the space. 

Consider first how light comes into play in a health-oriented society. Many functions necessary for growth and well being such as breathing, sleeping, blood pressure, body temperature, appetite, moods, mental acuity, and the immune system are governed by the endocrine system, which is strongly impacted and affected by light, both natural & created by electric sources. There is also evidence suggesting that proper quantities of visually perceived light are needed for healthy functioning of the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that controls motivation, learning, and creativity; the limbic system, the part of the brain that stores emotional impressions of the world; and the motor cortex and the brain stem, the parts of the brain that coordinate body movement and the maintenance of life.

2020 PARADIGM SHIFT

2020 PARADIGM SHIFT – Past / Present / Future

  • Is there a Paradigm Shift Coming?
  • Changing technologies
  • New materials
  • New policies

PAST

1750 - 2000 timeline

PRESENT

  • Total Penetration of LED Components for the Global Lighting Market is 14.4% [2011]
  • $1.8 Billion/$12.5 Billion

Global Lighting Market

FUTURE

  • 140 lumens/watt 220 lumens/watt
  • Solid state lighting [SSL] will comprise 70% of the global lighting market by 2020

Conventional Lighting / LED Lighting

  • Lack of standards for many components of the led package
  • Reliability of the led package impacts future growth

Manufacturing Costs

Lighting Control Systems

A lighting control system consists of a device that controls electric lighting and devices, alone or as part of a daylight harvesting system, for a public, commercial, or residential building or property, or the theater. Lighting control systems are used for working, aesthetic, and security illumination for interior, exterior, and landscape lighting, and theater stage lighting productions. They are often part of sustainable architecture and lighting design for integrated green building energy conservation programs.

Lighting control systems, with an embedded processor or industrial computer device, usually include one or more portable or mounted keypad or touch screen console interfaces, and can include mobile phone operation. These control interfaces allow users the ability to remotely toggle (on-off) power to individual or groups of lights (and ceiling fans and other devices), operate dimmers, and pre-program space lighting levels. A major advantage of a lighting control system over conventional individual switching is the ability to control any light, group of lights, or all lights in a building from a single user interface device. Any light or device can be controlled from any location. This ability to control multiple light sources from a user device allows complex “light scenes” to be created. A room may have multiple scenes available, each one created for different activities in the room. A lighting scene can create dramatic changes in atmosphere, for a residence or the stage, by a simple button press. In landscape design, in addition to landscape lighting, fountain pumps, water spa heating, swimming pool covers, motorized gates, and outdoor fireplace ignition; can be remotely or automatically controlled.

Lighting control systems provide the ability to automatically power a device based on:

• Chronological time (time of day)

• Astronomical time (sunrise/sunset)

• Room or outdoor space occupancy (motion sensors)

• Presence of daylight (lighting costs and energy conservation,and daylight harvesting)

• Events

• Alarm conditions

• Program logic (any combination of events)

Chronological time is a specific time of day as pre-set timers use. Astronomical times includes sunrise, sunset, a specific day of the week or days in a month or year. Room occupancy might be determined with motion detectors or RFID tags, and is part of security and energy conservation programs. Artificial lighting energy use can be reduced by automatically dimming and/or switching electric lights in response to the level of daylighting, a technology known as daylight harvesting. Mobile phone operated controls can turn on a basic group of circulation—safety fixtures serving exterior—interior locations on approach, or to preheat a “water spa” in advance of returning. Events might include special fixtures for social occasions and holiday lighting, or overall brightness for cleaning. Alarm conditions can include doors opening and motion detected in a protected area, or manual “panic buttons-all lights on” for occupants sensing a possible intrusion. Program logic can tie all of the above elements together using constructs such as if-then-else statements and logical operators.

Abhay Wadhwa to Speak at PLDC 2015 on “Lighting’s Impact on the Varying Scales of the Built Environment”

Abhay Wadhwa to Speak at PLDC 2015

Location: Rome Italy at PLDC 2015
When:     30 October 2015

AWA Lighting Designers’ Design Principal, Abhay Wadhwa, will speak at this month’s Professional Lighting Designers Conference (PLDC) in Rome. The topic of his presentation is the “Lighting’s Impact on the Varying Scales of the Built Environment.” This is a Lighting Application case study of the Brigade Gateway Complex, an AWA project in Bangalore India.

The Brigade Gateway Complex is a 44 acre mixed use township with diverse programmatic requirements which was constructed over a period of six years. When AWA was retained at the beginning of the process to provide lighting design services, AWA had to develop a set of operating “stitch” rules, so that the “embroidery” created was a cohesive and connected design. The rules of the “scale of the stitch” were to extend from the wavelength of the light used, to the lighting detail for a congregation space, to the 128m tall facade of the WTC.

Due to the vast scale of the Brigade Gateway Complex, AWA approached the project with the intent of developing a standardized set of design tools. Using a parametric design approach, AWA created a lighting master plan that unifies all of the intricate elements in this fabric.

This presentation will highlight the design solutions and challenges that AWA addressed in getting this project built over six years, coordinating between five different architecture and design films located in three countries.

Links:

AWA Lighting Designers
PLDC 2015
VIA Publishing
Abhay Wadhwa Twitterview

View from top of WTC

View from top of WTC

AWA Projects Featured in “Bright 2” published by the Frame Group, Netherlands

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to share that AWA was featured in Bright 2, a recent publication on architectural illumination and light installations. This publication by the Frame Group, Netherlands, showcases the work of forty-four design studios around the world. AWA is one out of four design studios from the United States to be featured in this book. Earlier in 2007, AWA had also been featured in Bright 1

For a PDF copy of the section on AWA Lighting Designers in Bright 2, please click HERE.

If you would like to read more about Bright 2 and Frame, please click HERE.

The editors at Frame chose to feature AWA’s Brigade Gateway Complex, for its intent to create a paradigm shift in the lighting of public spaces and mixed-use environments. This book also highlights three additional AWA Projects: Cyber Hub, Singapore Chancery, and FIFC.

Best wishes from the team at AWA Lighting Designers.

Bright 2 Cover

Bright 2 Cover

Brigade Gateway Complex Cover Spread from Bright 2

Brigade Gateway Complex Cover Spread from Bright 2

Brigade Gateway Complex Second Spread from Bright 2

Brigade Gateway Complex Second Spread from Bright 2

Brigade Gateway Complex Third Spread from Bright 2

Brigade Gateway Complex Third Spread from Bright 2

Spread of Additional AWA Projects Featured in Bright 2

Spread of Additional AWA Projects Featured in Bright 2

 

AWA Featured in Bright 2

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to share that AWA was featured in Bright 2, a recent publication on architectural illumination and light installations. This publication by the Frame Group, Netherlands, showcases the work of forty-four design studios around the world. AWA is one out of four design studios from the United States to be featured in this book. Earlier in 2007, AWA had also been featured in Bright (1).

The editors at Frame chose to feature AWA’s Brigade Gateway Complex, for its intent to create a paradigm shift in the lighting of public spaces and mixed-use environments. This book also highlights three additional AWA Projects: Cyber Hub, Singapore Chancery, and FIFC.

If you would like to read more about Bright 2 and Frame, please click HERE.

If you would like to discuss our lighting philosophy and approach, please feel free to contact me directly. I can be reached at abhay@awalightingdesigners.com, or by calling me directly on my cell phone at +1.917.597.1600.

Best wishes from the team at AWA.

Abhay Wadhwa
Design Principal l CEO
AWA Lighting Designers

 

Cover of Bright 2 and opening page from AWA section of book

Cover of Bright 2 and opening page from AWA section of book

Brigade Gateway Complex

“AWA Lighting Designers sought to create a paradigm shift for lighting of public spaces and mixed-use environments when designing the Brigade Gateway Complex, an integrated lifestyle enclave located in Bangalore, India. The project’s broad scope enabled the team to create diverse solutions and compelling compositions with landscape and facade elements.”

The Brigade Gateway is an integrated lifestyle enclave located in Bangalore, India. The project is situated on a 40 acre site and comprises of the following areas:
• World Trade Center: 29 floors, 2 basements, Ground floor
• Orion Mall: 1.1 million sqft
• Artificial lake
• Residential Podium: 13 Towers – 625,000 sqft
• Club House
• Brigade School: Nursery to Std 8
• Multi-Level Car Park: 2000 cars
• Children’s Park
• Columbia Asia Hospital
• Sheraton Hotel*
The World Trade Center is the first fully privately owned installation of a WTC in India and is the tallest commercial building in the city of Bangalore. The city of Bangalore produces a large percentage of the software exports from India as well as other public sector heavy industries and is proud to see its growth manifested in this new building and complex.

*Sheraton Hotel: AWA scope was landscape lighting only

PROJECT TEAM:

Client: Brigade Group  

Architect: HOK, VA, DSP, Michael Foley Design

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Areal view of WTC and Brigade Gateway Complex

Areal view of WTC and Brigade Gateway Complex

View of WTC and Orion Mall from across the lake at Residential Tower

View of WTC and Orion Mall from across the lake at Residential Tower

WTC is Bangalore's tallest building

WTC is Bangalore’s tallest building

For more images and information about the Brigade Gateway Complex, please visit our website HERE.

The World’s Largest Outdoor Art Gallery

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Vivid Sydney

Lighting up the buildings and spaces of Sydney, Australia, is Vivid Sydney, the annual light art event. The 18 day festival, turns Sydney into a wonderland of light art sculptures, and is the world’s largest outdoor art gallery.

Click HERE to see more images

Image courtesy of : Vivid Sydney

Source : Contemporist