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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.


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View from top of WTC

View from top of WTC

Remnants of Architecture

Excerpt from Justin Moench travel Journal January 26 2006……

I am standing here in Rome at the edge of the Palatine Hill, looking over the Circus Maximus. I was walking though the ruins, and when I stopped here I thought it be a good spot to stop and write.

I see all these ruins that I walk though and I think — I couldn’t even tell you who the architect was or what else he built. But here it is centuries later and people are visiting the ruins and buildings that are here.

Will people do the same for the architecture of our time? Will people visit the buildings of our century 1000 or even 500 years from now? The times of technology and mass production has removed the physical history of our time. We rely on computers, photograph, and written word to shape and remember our history and to allow others to remember what we were. But what about the physical?

I see the ruins below me and think of an equivalent in our time and my mind turns to the World Trade Center. But would these ruins be as viewed or even still there if it were not for the historical and emotional significance? Or will the World Trade Center just be another demolished building location like all the others society has demolished to build new buildings? Will future generations imbue it with meaning?

Architecture has grown and expanded its capabilities to design, creating form and function in this modern era. But does that automatically mean it is a better architecture than the one I am leaning on to write this?

Before my trip began I thought that cool modern architecture was the way things should be, but I am not sure if that is really the architecture society needs. But, the reality is that this is what we have in this era of the temporary. Our buildings are functional and not historical. Will I be able help, or be able to make a difference to possibly change that?


Here I am, five years later, in NYC where I now live and work. One day away from the 10 year anniversary of September 11. Society has begun building over these ruins of the World Trade Center. Along with the skyscraper buildings, a new memorial for those lost in the tragedy has been placed on the site. A modern take on the way we view the ruins of our time? Is it too much to look upon the untouched ruins left behind? Do we need to beautify the ruin left behind and create a shining memorial? These are questions I don’t think one person can answer, but I for one feel that those ruins I looked over in 2006 had more meaning and history than any new memorial I have experienced.

I continue to work and try to make a difference through my work and my life as a member of society. Will I have any impact on a change? Only time will truly tell.