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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

AWA Newsflash: Abhay Wadhwa Honored by NOMA

AWA Design Principal Abhay Wadhwa is Honored as a Distinguished Member by the
National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

Distinguished Members 2016

In an event hosted by NOMA this month in New York City, Abhay was humbled to join an accomplished group of 12 professionals nominated for “Distinguished Members for 2016.”

To read the featured article on Abhay released earlier this year, please Click Here


The NOMA honor comes shortly after Abhay was named as a special Honoree at the gala dinner by the Society of Indo-American Engineers & Architects (SIAEA) in November 2014.

 

AWA Archtober Event Tonight at 6pm!

AIA CES Course Lecture by Abhay Wadhwa, AWA Lighting Designers
Tonight October 6th 2015 at 6pm
Location: Edison Price Lighting Gallery – 41-50 22nd St. Long Island City NY 11101
Register to attend the Lecture HERE

 

Evocative visual environments require a healthy balance between bright and dark, light and shadow. In a context where the success of a lighting design solution is often measured by the footcandles achieved, uniformity ratios and wattage consumed, are we losing the plot here? Can light truly be appreciated without shadows and darkness? Lack of a better understanding of darkness and shadows can lead to an altogether lopsided relationship with light and light alone. The absence of its contrasting partners in darkness and shadows can have a diminishing effect on the true beauty of light.

This talk examines our lighting zeitgeist and showcases methods of embracing light and dark, while conforming to the relevant code requirements.

AIA CES Course 1 Learning Unit is available for presentation anytime. If you are interested in having AWA provide this CES course presentation at your offices, please email us at newyork@awalightingdesigners.com with your information and dates interested in the talk.

Click HERE to read our latest AWA Newsflash on the Lecture

Location Details:

  • Edison Price Lighting Gallery
  • 41-50 22nd St. Long Island City NY 11101
  • Google Map Directions HERE
  • Closest Subway Lines F, 7, N, Q, E, M, or R

 

 

 

Abhay Wadhwa Speaks on  “Out of Shadows: Darkness in a New light”

AIA CES Course Lecture by Abhay Wadhwa, AWA Lighting Designers
Tuesday October 6th 2015 at 6pm
Register to attend the Lecture HERE

 

Evocative visual environments require a healthy balance between bright and dark, light and shadow. In a context where the success of a lighting design solution is often measured by the footcandles achieved, uniformity ratios and wattage consumed, are we losing the plot here? Can light truly be appreciated without shadows and darkness? Lack of a better understanding of darkness and shadows can lead to an altogether lopsided relationship with light and light alone. The absence of its contrasting partners in darkness and shadows can have a diminishing effect on the true beauty of light.

This talk examines our lighting zeitgeist and showcases methods of embracing light and dark, while conforming to the relevant code requirements.

AIA CES Course 1 Learning Unit is available for presentation anytime. If you are interested in having AWA provide this CES course presentation at your offices, please email us at newyork@awalightingdesigners.com with your information and dates interested in the talk.

Click HERE to read our latest AWA Newsflash on the Lecture

Location Details:

  • Edison Price Lighting Gallery
  • 41-50 22nd St. Long Island City NY 11101
  • Google Map Directions HERE
  • Closest Subway Lines F, 7, N, Q, E, M, or R

 

 

 

Enter the Mesmerizing World of Rainbow Coloured Maps with “Crayon the Grids”

New York City. Image Courtesy of Stephen Von Worley

New York City. Image Courtesy of Stephen Von Worley

A new series of maps by California-based artist-scientist Stephen Von Worley give colour coding an entirely new meaning. With his latest algorithm-generated project, “Crayon the Grids,” Von Worley has taken maps of ten major metropolitan areas and coloured them based on geographical orientation of the urban grid. Each street is assigned a colour specific to its orientation, varying in hue and weight depending on its cardinal direction and length. The result is a dizzying technicolor of urban planning, creating completely new demarcations for some of the world’s most recognizable cities.

Click HERE to read the full article.

Image Courtesy of: Stephen Von Worley

Article Written by: Finn MacLeod

Source: ArchDaily

2014 MASterworks Awards for Design Excellence in NYC

BRIC Arts Media House and Urban Glass by LEESER Architecture

BRIC Arts Media House and Urban Glass by LEESER Architecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Municipal Art Society (MAS) of New York announced their list of honorees for the 2014 MASterworks Awards last week. These annual awards are dedicated to buildings, completed the year previously in the city of New York, that exemplify a high standard of design, and make a significant contribution to the city’s urban environment. This year, all of these projects are located outside of the city center and cover a wide range of programming, from an African-American heritage museum, to a pencil factory addition.

Click HERE read ArchDaily’s summary of the awards.

Written By: Connor Walker

Image Courtesy of: MAS NYC

Source: ArchDaily

FXFOWLE looks forward to new contemporary developments in KSA

Museum of the Built Environment by FXFOWLE

Museum of the Built Environment by FXFOWLE

 

Having designed 10 buildings in the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), architectural firm FXFOWLE Architects is certainly setting the stage for upcoming developments on the 1.6 million square meter site, situated in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ranging from mosques and museums to residential and office buildings, the New York-based firm was handpicked by Saudi Arabian real estate developer, Rayadah Investment Company, to deliver contemporary design solutions across its various projects. However, designing for a diverse Islamic country meant that the architectural team needed to educate themselves to understand the cultural and religious nuances that define the culture of Riyadh.

Amongst the first things Sudhir Jambhekar did when he found out they were designing a mosque in KAFD, was to send two architects to gather information from the imam at New York City’s largest mosque.“We had to undertake an intense research process in order to be able to philosophically understand meanings and the importance of certain rituals. From there we could attempt to present a modern re-interpretation in our designs,” explains Jambhekar, senior partner at FXFOWLE.

For example, when designing the residential and commercial towers on plot 5.05, one of the seven plots that FXFOWLE designed for, the architects were especially sensitive to the cross views that could arise from having the towers located at close proximity to each other. According to Jambhekar, the placement of the plot was such that the office building would look into the residential building. After a series of design innovations, the designers decided to have the building’s façade fitted with a thin layer of marble laminated on a panel of vision glass so as to direct views away from the residential building. As a result, on-lookers in the commercial building will be able to see a translucent wall on one end instead of peering into the residential units.

Click HERE to read the full article

Image courtesy of: FXFOWLE

Written By: Zeinab Saiwalla

Source: DesignMENA

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

NYC Is Replacing Its 250,000 Street Lights with LEDs

In recent years, we’ve watched with wonder as boring old yellow halogen car headlights have been replaced with futuristic, Tron-like LEDs. Now, that transition is about to take place on the city scale, as New York City prepares to replace its street lamps—all 250,000 of them—with LEDs.

Mayor Bloomberg announced the massive project on Thursday, pointing out straight away that the shift to LEDs would save the city $6 million in energy costs and $8 million in maintenance—that’s $14 million total, math whizzes—every year. That’s not even counting the long-term environmental effects of the energy conservation. With the announcement, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan was ready with the puns: “Using LEDs for street lighting is more than just a bright idea, it’s a necessity for sustainable cities to operate more efficiently while also delivering clearer, better quality light for New Yorkers.” While testing has been underway for years, the transition should be complete by 2017.

Indeed, New York is not the only city to take this more sustainable route. Earlier this year, Los Angeles completed the first phase of the world’s largest LED street light replacement project to date, though New York’s 250,000 will eclipse that figure. Smaller cities like St. Paul and even Las Vegas have also made the transition and saved taxpayers millions of dollars.

Click here to read the full article

Written by: Adam Clack Estes

Source: Gizmodo