Archinect - News 2014-12-18T21:17:58-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/99726458/insite-by-luftwerk-turns-mies-farnsworth-house-inside-out-with-light-and-sound INsite by Luftwerk turns Mies' Farnsworth House inside-out with light and sound Justine Testado 2014-05-15T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-05-23T00:00:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/ei43mwneapu7ja1o.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you're a diehard Miesian fan or could care less about the modernist architecture canon, we've heard of ol' Farnsworth time and time again since its completion in 1951 in Plano, Illinois. But Chicago-based artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero of <a href="http://luftwerk.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luftwerk</a> want the public to see the historic Farnsworth House in a whole new light &mdash;&nbsp;literally &mdash;&nbsp;with their digital installation project called INsite.<br><br>INsite highlights the house's characteristic clean lines through site-specific digital video projections and original music compositions, thus rendering it into a new structure of light, sound, and space. In addition to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98957852/should-it-stay-or-should-it-go-preservationists-weigh-options-to-protect-farnsworth-house-from-flooding-damage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent preservation efforts</a> to protect the Farnsworth from more floodwater damage in the future, INsite could help revive public interest&nbsp;in an eye-catching way that is suitable for these tech-friendly times.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/un2xoqib6hzb5sl8.jpg"></p><p>Illuminating modern architecture landmarks is nothing new for Gallero and Bachmaier, who have collaborated with video designer and programmer&nbsp;<a href="http://liviu.stoptime341.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liviu Pasare</a>&nbsp;and co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98843123/welcome-to-the-permanent-dusk-sunlight-in-cities-is-an-endangered-species Welcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered species Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:14:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/32/328d3b07c1e35a3e65c0f25eb2293a56.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As American cities grow taller and denser &mdash; and most everyone agrees that they must &mdash; natural light becomes a more precious commodity. Does that mean it should be regulated like one? Or would preserving current sun patterns &mdash; so-called &ldquo;solar rights&rdquo; &mdash; grind real estate development to a halt? Put simply: Should Americans, in their homes and in their cities, have a right to light?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96032669/bright-nights-at-ted2014-vancouver-with-chrome-powered-aerial-sculpture Bright nights at TED2014 Vancouver with Chrome-powered aerial sculpture Justine Testado 2014-03-19T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T20:58:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vw/vwmhiu2j0reoefqy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Donning a spectrum of colors and moving beams of light, the "Unnumbered Sparks" installation comes to life every night as it hovers near the site of the 30th anniversary <a href="http://conferences.ted.com/TED2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TED2014 world conference</a> in downtown Vancouver, Canada.</p><p>Artist <a href="http://www.echelman.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Janet Echelman</a> and director of the Google Data Art Group <a href="http://www.aaronkoblin.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Koblin</a> -- who both spoke at TED2011 -- collaborated in designing the aerial sculpture just in time for TED2014. Echelman officially introduced the work earlier this week at the conference.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2jrdigmqd3kecdz.jpg"></p><p>The 745-foot net, which is powered by Google Chrome and other modern web technologies, can be choreographed by visitors using their smartphones or tablets to "paint" the sculpture in real time.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0n/0nxjjf1vzbtsgnns.jpg"><br><br>Visitors in the area will be able to interact with Unnumbered Sparks every night until Saturday, March 22.</p><p>Check out the video below to see the creative process behind the piece.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88519518/turning-cities-into-magical-playgrounds Turning cities into magical playgrounds Archinect 2013-12-10T12:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-17T11:16:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/426a0b248931ab8bd37b35457d1ab644.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Called Lumiere, it's a four-day festival expected to attract tens of thousands of spectators to see the city's historic cathedrals, walls, bridges and squares illuminated by splashes of light. Projects range from LED and neon sculptures to large-scale projections by leading artists and lighting designers from Ireland and beyond.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73576480/coming-this-june-james-turrell-reimagines-flw-s-guggenheim-rotunda Coming this June: James Turrell Reimagines FLW’s Guggenheim Rotunda Alexander Walter 2013-05-20T17:45:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T20:34:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ow/ow6bkcthgqxd4h0h.jpg" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In his first solo exhibition in a New York museum since 1980, American artist James Turrell sets out to reimagine the iconic rotunda of Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s Guggenheim Museum in a dramatic transformation. The luminous and immersive site-specific work, Aten Reign, will be part of the upcoming exhibition James Turrell at NYC's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum which opens on June 21, 2013.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62396510/new-technology-pipes-sunlight-into-windowless-rooms New technology pipes sunlight into windowless rooms Archinect 2012-11-29T14:13:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T19:39:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/156071568016debc24f4df31bf0d5f89.jpg" width="514" height="234" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A mirror tracks the sun throughout the day, reflecting its rays onto a parabolic dish, which then focuses the reflected daylight into a small &lsquo;light pipe&rsquo; aperture. The concentrated light then travels through a series of relay lenses &ldquo;over any distance and in any direction&rdquo;, according to the company. A diffuser ensures that light evenly reaches the desired areas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/60929942/your-text-here-by-marcos-zotes "YOUR TEXT HERE" by Marcos Zotes Archinect 2012-11-07T20:26:00-05:00 >2012-11-08T17:09:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yx/yxxux5t667ib9z1f.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> You may recall Marcos Zotes from his <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/44059415/rafm-gnu-n-tt-ra-by-marcos-zotes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafm&ouml;gnu&eth; N&aacute;tt&uacute;ra</a> light installation in Iceland that we <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/44059415/rafm-gnu-n-tt-ra-by-marcos-zotes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously featured</a> here on Archinect. He has just shared with us his latest project, "YOUR TEXT HERE"...</p> <p> The city is constantly telling us what to do, what to think, and how to act. Using explicit visual language, a multiplicity of billboards, signs, images and symbols invade our public spaces in order to tell us something. YOUR TEXT HERE is a project that challenges this condition: Citizens are given the opportunity to change their role as receivers of information in order become the authors. The way it works is simple: you submit an anonymous text message in a website through your mobile phone, and in turn it is automatically projected at large scale onto the fa&ccedil;ade of a building.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6owxjwg6dcdy6nl.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "Public space is not something that is given or inherited, it must be fought for and defended constantly" says Marcos Zotes.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1i/1ie07xmi7wbj6i35.jpg" title=""></p> <p> YOUR TEXT HERE is a participatory, site-specific light installation that...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59630913/artist-leo-villareal-s-buckyball-installation-to-light-up-madison-square-park Artist Leo Villareal's "Buckyball" installation to light up Madison Square Park Archinect 2012-10-19T13:59:00-04:00 >2012-10-24T16:35:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7i/7iluws3jh9ebpht7.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Madison Square Park Conservancy's Mad. Sq. Art announces a new, monumental sculpture by distinguished artist Leo Villareal. Largely inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller, Villareal&rsquo;s BUCKYBALL will apply concepts of geometry and mathematical relationships within a towering 30-foot tall, illuminated sculpture. The site-specific work will remain on view daily from October 25, 2012 through February 2013 in Madison Square Park.</p> <p> A commission of the Mad. Sq. Art program, Villareal&rsquo;s BUCKYBALL will feature two nested, geodesic sculptural spheres comprised of 180 LED tubes arranged in a series of pentagons and hexagons, known as a &ldquo;Fullerene,&rdquo; referring to the form&rsquo;s discovery by Buckminster Fuller. Individual pixels located every 1.2 inches along the tubes are each capable of displaying 16 million distinct colors and will be specifically tuned by the artist&rsquo;s own software, creating a&nbsp;subtle and sophisticated palette to enliven the Park. Relying on LED technologies driven by chance...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/53681727/dune-x-exhibition-at-the-18th-biennale-of-sydney Dune X exhibition at the 18th Biennale of Sydney studio roosegaarde 2012-07-17T11:35:00-04:00 >2012-07-19T04:36:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/om/om3cwqm08lybl9qg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Constructed on Sydney&rsquo;s Harbour&rsquo;s Cockatoo Island, the interactive 42 meter-long landscape installation, entitled Dune, is composed of hundreds of fibres that brighten according to human sounds in what Roosegaarde describes as &ldquo;techno-poetry&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Dune X is an interactive landscape of light for the 18th Biennale of Sydney that visibly reacts to the behavior of people that come into close proximity. Hundreds of sensors detect motion, and optical fibers dim and brighten in response to the movements of people passing by.</p> <p> Dune X is being exhibited at the dark Dogleg tunnels on Cockatoo Island in Sydney. For those unable to visit, Studio Roosegaarde made a video, especially for the Biennale of Sydney, that is supposed to give an impression of what to expect with 'Dune X'. The movie (below) resembles a real-life &lsquo;Alice in techno-land' and is displayed all around Sydney during the Biennale.</p> <p> Studio Roosegaarde (Rotterdam-The Netherlands) is the social design lab of artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde. By creating interactive designs that instinctively respond to sound and movement, Roosegaarde explores the dawn of a new nature that is evolving from technological innovations. The studio is well known for its awarded interactiv...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49149819/police-arrest-artist-takeshi-miyakawa-thinking-tribute-was-fake-bomb Police Arrest Artist Takeshi Miyakawa, Thinking Tribute Was Fake Bomb Archinect 2012-05-22T19:02:00-04:00 >2012-11-26T02:42:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5qdwkkmkrrnnmxdu.jpg" width="430" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The artist intended it to be a display of his love for the city: white plastic bags stamped with the &ldquo;I &hearts; NY&rdquo; logo lighted from within and glowing moonlike from lampposts and trees in Brooklyn and beyond. Almost immediately, the installation attracted attention, though probably not the kind the artist, Takeshi Miyakawa, expected.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>"Mr. Miyakawa also worked for years as a model-maker for the architect Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, Mr. Lim added."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/47880751/many-hands-will-make-lights-work Many hands will make lights work Alexander Walter 2012-05-09T17:08:00-04:00 >2012-05-09T17:09:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5da72f38903a301a7f0f82cbf961d73d.jpg" width="420" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>IN THE hands of Urbanscreen, buildings become toys in a surreal world in which Salvador Dali or Lewis Carroll's Alice would feel at home. Structures get torn apart, turned to ice or covered with ants and are made to disintegrate, pulsate, morph into strange shapes or become a gigantic pinball machine.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/45238224/surface-tension-lamp-by-front Surface Tension Lamp by Front Archinect 2012-04-16T19:50:00-04:00 >2012-04-18T13:50:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/51/51a5487634f972df8c0112a0eb59ccce.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A bubble is brief, and bursts at your touch. But while it lasts, it catches the light and reflects the room like a multi-coloured temporary structure. We wanted to create a constantly changing lamp that combines the most ephemeral of lampshades with an LED light source that will last for 50000 hours. In the time it takes the LED to burn out, the lamp will have had 3 million different globe shades.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/45228582/bracket-goes-soft-buoyant-light bracket [goes soft]: Buoyant Light Archinect 2012-04-16T18:24:00-04:00 >2012-04-16T20:24:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i0/i03cngff7fnhxuvz.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In anticipation of this week's event, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/45228588/join-archinect-in-hollywood-this-thursday-for-publish-or-bracket-goes-soft" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Publish Or... bracket [GOES SOFT]</a>, we will be showcasing a piece from the book each day this week. We hope to see you this Thursday!<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://brkt.org/index.php/soft/selections/buoyant_light" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Buoyant Light</strong></a><br> by Claire Lubell and Virginia Fernandez</p> <p> <em>The Canadian Arctic is a vast landscape, dotted with remote communities whose lives depend on natural cycles for subsistence. While imagining widespread distribution, Buoyant Light is sited in Igloolik, an Inuit community of 1600 at 70 degrees North with active creative and research programs. Like much of the Arctic, Igloolik is witness to acute changes in permafrost, sea levels and ice. As an island, it is particularly vulnerable to unreliable freeze-thaw cycles of the sea which directly affects safe hunting and traveling.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0v/0vy80lgim7scbc94.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Image: View of Igloolik at night, illuminated on land and water by a distributed series of buoyant lights.</p> <p> <em>Buoyant Light consists of a balloon and a buoy which serve a dual function: to harvest solar energy, providing Iglooli...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/44059415/rafm-gnu-n-tt-ra-by-marcos-zotes Rafmögnuð Náttúra By Marcos Zotes Archinect 2012-04-06T14:49:00-04:00 >2012-04-07T07:33:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t7/t7v23vlc8ioyrri5.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Marcos Zotes has shared with us his winning light installation for the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival 2012.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m1/m1dw5lyaengjyrsq.jpg" title=""><em>Photo by Ragnar Th Sigurdsson</em></p> <p> Marcos Zotes, winner of the Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival 2012, and Chris Jordan presented Rafm&ouml;gnu&eth; N&aacute;tt&uacute;ra in Reykjavik, Iceland, as the main event for the festival in February. The work consists of a temporary, site-specific installation that appropriates the facade of Hallgr&iacute;mskirkja church with a large video-mapping projection. The aim is to transform the static condition of this iconic landmark into a dynamic, engaging and participatory visual experience, and to intervene by socially activating its surrounding public space.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/kmgxm4ijwq66ycnu.jpg" title=""><br><em>Photo by P&eacute;tur M&aacute;r Gunnarsson</em></p> <p> Marcos explains: &ldquo;I am fascinated with finding new ways to interact with the existing urban environment. I feel the city is there for us at our entire disposal, and we must reclaim its public spaces and urban structures in ways that exceed the limited uses for which they were o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/34603316/into-the-heart-of-lightness Into the Heart of Lightness anthony dong 2012-01-15T13:44:00-05:00 >2012-01-16T11:41:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/dewe6suxy1pa4pvx.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Works like the infinity room...are not designed with the end purpose of creating illusion or destabilizing perception. The works...use those things as tools to enable an experience of light and space in a much more direct way than is normally possible, &ldquo;without...the diminishing effect of a learned associative response to explain away&rdquo; the essence of what is being seen.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/34365307/a-new-glow-in-boomtown A new glow in boomtown Archinect 2012-01-13T11:54:00-05:00 >2012-01-13T22:46:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3f/3fec1740e838855066789fe28ad54dde.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Along the Cartagena waterfront, architects Jos&eacute; Selgas and Luc&iacute;a Cano light up an architectural antidote to the gloom of the Spanish real estate crisis</p></em><br /><br /><p> Gorgeous new project in Spain, as reported by Mario Ballesteros for Domus.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/30902057/capturing-video-at-the-speed-of-light-one-trillion-frames-per-second Capturing video at the speed of light — one trillion frames per second Archinect 2011-12-14T11:28:53-05:00 >2011-12-14T12:43:03-05:00 <em><p>MIT Media Lab researchers have created a new imaging system that can acquire visual data at a rate of one trillion frames per second. That's fast enough to produce a slow-motion video of light traveling through objects.</p></em><br /><br /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/28263219/dynamic-performance-of-nature-by-eb-office Dynamic Performance of Nature by EB Office Alexander Walter 2011-11-21T14:53:10-05:00 >2011-11-21T14:54:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bi/bix9c0960ijffca4.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dynamic Performance of Nature is a permanent architectural media installation in the Leonardo Museum of Art, Science and Technology, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. DPoN engenders environmental perception in the museum&rsquo;s visitors by communicating global environmental information through a dynamic and interactive interface embedded in the material of the wall.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/14309050/skate-1-0-by-electroland SKATE 1.0 by Electroland Archinect 2011-07-22T21:05:53-04:00 >2011-07-23T04:20:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pd/pdvoesy0pde3cr2j.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> SKATE 1.0 is a sound and light installation by <a href="http://electroland.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Electroland</a>. It is installed at the <a href="http://aplusd.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> in Los Angeles as part of the COME IN! 2: SURF.SKATE.BIKE exhibition. The exhibition dates are from June 14-July 24, 2011. The SKATE 1.0 installation will continue past this date.</p> <p> Artist: Electroland LLC; Cameron McNall, Principal; Damon Seeley, Partner<br> Title of Installation: SKATE 1.0</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5h/5hqy9b87f1a6n37n.jpg"></p> <p> Medium/Materials Used: 60 high output fluorescent lights with electronic dimming ballasts; 12- channel sound system; sound recordings; DMX controller; custom and proprietary software. Sylvania Lighting donated lamps and electronic dimming ballasts; Lithonia Lighting&nbsp; donated T5 fixtures; Danetracks donated sound recordings.</p> <p> SKATE 1.0 is an abstract virtual skate park manifested through an immersive light and sound installation. 60 four-foot HO fluorescent lights with dimmable electronic ballasts and a 12.2-channel sound system generate 300,000 lumens of pure white light attitude. Skater sounds tra...</p>