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Mariana Figueiro to Speak at TEDMED 2014

Mariana Figueiro

Mariana Figueiro

Mariana Figueiro, Lighting Research Center (LRC) Light and Health Program Director and Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will speak at TEDMED, September 12, 2014 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. During the talk, she will reveal surprising facts about the effect of light—its presence, its absence, and its patterns—on human health and wellbeing.

Humans need to be exposed to a sufficient amount of light of the right spectrum, for a sufficient amount of time, and at the right time, for the circadian system to remain synchronized with the 24-hour day. Light can be used to improve sleep, alertness, and performance, along with overall health and well-being among the general population, and in populations with rigorous work schedules, such as U.S. Navy submariners and NICU nurses.

One of Figueiro’s flagship projects is the 24-hour lighting scheme for elders, including those with Alzheimer’s disease. The lighting scheme delivers high circadian stimulation during the daytime and low circadian stimulation in the evening, along with nightlights designed to reduce falls. The scheme has been installed in several elder care facilities in New York State with excellent results.

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Source: Edison Report

Lighting Research Center Launches Light and Health Alliance

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has launched a new collaborative initiative—the Light and Health Alliance—to bridge the science of light and health to practical applications, and to provide objective information based on basic and applied research. The Alliance is led by Dr. Mariana Figueiro, LRC Light and Health Program director and associate professor at Rensselaer.

Light has a profound effect on health and wellbeing, including sleep, alertness, and performance. Humans need to be exposed to a sufficient amount of light of the right spectrum, for a sufficient amount of time, and at the right time, for the circadian system to remain synchronized with the 24-hour day. The LRC is researching light as a treatment for a variety of conditions, including jet lag, Alzheimer’s disease, insomnia and other sleep disorders, seasonal affective disorder and depression. Light can be used to improve sleep, alertness, and performance, along with overall health and wellbeing among the general population, and in populations with rigorous work schedules, such as submariners and night shift nurses.

“Through this collaborative initiative, we will conduct evaluations, demonstrations, and research projects to develop practical devices and applications using light to improve people’s lives,” said Dr. Figueiro. “We will also hold seminars and present at conferences to educate key audiences and advance attention to light and health.”

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Written by: Rebekah Mullaney

Source: Lighting Research Center

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.

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Discovering the Poetry and Soul in Design

For the past nine years, Abhay Wadhwa has been fortunate to share 30 hours of intense design studio time over six hour grueling sessions with the students at the Lighting Research Center at RPI. The class strength ranges between 8 and 12 students each year in the fall, and the students are always from diverse educational backgrounds- architecture, interior design, physics, engineering to name a few. The dialog that ensues has always been very rich and rewarding, where the structure of the class prompts debate, research, readings and finally culminates in a concept design presentation for two separate projects.

The first project is a group project and referred as DP1. This year, the project was to develop the exterior and landscape lighting for a proposed Czech Embassy in Washington DC.

The second project is an individual project and referred as DP2. The students were asked to develop the interior and exterior lighting for a proposed mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Both projects required the final submissions to be a product of critical inquiry into the architectural, technical and cultural aspects of these spaces, keeping client expectations and aspirations in mind. The students were urged to explore poetic and soulful solutions inspired by the aspects mentioned above.

We were all very pleased with the final project submissions- and thrilled that students with different educational backgrounds and from different parts of the world worked together to explore the paradigms that impact lighting design, and aspire to make a difference by creating poetic, soulful and evocative spaces.

We would love to hear from you on what you think of the work.

DP2 Student Presentations:

Xin Cao-DP2-Presentation
Joey Fala-DP2-Presentation
Kenneth Lush-DP2-Presentation
Lochana Palayangoda-DP2-Presentation
Prathika Appaiah-DP2-Presentation
Indika Perera-DP2-Presentation
Difei Chen-DP2-Presentation
Ute Besenecker-DP2-Presentation