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Daan Roosegaarde’s glowing Van Gogh cycle path to open in the Netherlands


This stunning illuminated bike path in Nuenen, Netherlands was just unveiled tonight by Studio Roosegaarde, an innovative social design lab that has risen to prominence for their explorations at the intersection of people, art, public space, and technology; most notably their research with Smart Highways that could potentially charge moving cars or intelligently alert drivers to hazards. The swirling patterns used on the kilometer-long Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path were inspired by painter Vincent van Gogh (who lived in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885), and is lit at night by both special paint that charges in daylight and embedded LEDs that are powered by a nearby solar array.

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Article Written by: Christopher Jobson

Source: Colossal

You can also read the Dezeen article about the path design HERE

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

Top 10 Green Buildings in USA

View of Main Entrance from Kent Avenue (NYC skyline in background)

View of Main Entrance from Kent Avenue (NYC skyline in background)

The first phase of the transformation of the Greenpoint–Williamsburg waterfront from a decaying industrial strip to a multifaceted public park, this project features a program of playfields, public meeting rooms, classrooms and park maintenance facilities. Below the green roof is a complex of building systems – ground source heat pump wells, rainwater harvest and storage, and drip irrigation.

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Image courtesy of Paul Warchol

Source: Hindustantimes

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.

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

Bushwick Inlet Park Opens

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.

Bushwick Inlet Park is the first phase in transforming Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s industrial riverfront into a continuous strip of green space and public amenities. From 2008 to 2011 an empty parking lot between N. 9th and N. 10th Streets from Kent Avenue to the river was converted into a native riverfront landscape and multipurpose athletic field. The new building, as the final component, adds venues for both community programs and park operations.

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Written by: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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

Global Explorers and The Night Sky

Since the beginning of mankind, people of all cultures have looked up to the star-filled night sky to contemplate life’s greatest questions—Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? Humanity has always observed the night sky for both personal, introspective purposes and for intellectual purposes. The night sky resource has shaped the world’s cultures, our current knowledge of sciences, philosophies, religions, and our general conception of the universe. It is a universal cultural and natural resource, a key connection between each of us and the natural world that links us to a distant past.

Light Pollution
Up until about 50 years ago, most people could step outside anywhere and see countless stars at night. This is no longer the case for most Americans due to light pollution; according to a recent study, only 1/3 of the American and European population can see the Milky Way. Light pollution, the wasted light that escapes skyward from our streetlights, porch lights, and other bright places, makes stargazing harder, but it also impacts nature—by disrupting wildlife breeding, navigation, and migration cycles.

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Source: Global Explorers

PBS Documentary explores the dark side of city lights

Is darkness becoming extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights. Blending a humorous, searching narrative with poetic footage of the night sky, The City Dark provides a fascinating introduction to the science of the dark and an exploration of our relationship to the stars. Winner, Best Score/Music Award, 2011 SXSW Film Festival. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.

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Written by: PBS

Source: PBS