‘Lenscape’ amazing window panels manipulate reflection

Kine Solberg has designed a innovative window panel made from a series of circular glass
lenses which maximise the amount of light hitting the glass surface, in order to distort the
reflective view of the surrounding landscape.

 “Lenscape is an exploration of the window as a basic architectural element and the way
it can be designed into an interactive feature in the interior. What Lenscape aims to
achieve, is the design of a new interpretation of the window as a filter, be it in the sense of
day-lighting, or in relation to the framed view” Solberg explained.

Using two concentric metal frames to suspend the lenses, forming a
“gimbal mechanism” allowing a rotational movement around multiple axis. The lenses
are connected at various  points, allowing them to swivel in all different directions, and
creative alternative patterns.

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Amazing video from Jonathan Sparks

Check out this video  of Jonathan Spark’s new musical instrument ‘Nomis’
which uses light and gestures to illustrate the looped music.
‘Loop based music is a powerful way for an individual musician to create
a complex, multi-voiced composition by looping and layering melodies in
real time. The devices that make it possible to achieve this are powerful,
but often lack the expressiveness and clarity that make for compelling live
performances. ‘Nomis’ is an attempt to get that looping capability
up off of the floor, out from behind the laptop, and feature it in an
instructive and stimulating way.’ - Jonathan sparks

Video Courtesy of Jonathan Sparks


Abin Chaudhuri’s Bamboo Pavillion at MOMA

Calcutta based architect Abin Chaudhuri’s Bamboo Pavillion will being included as part
of an exhibition at New York’s Museum Of Modern Art as part of an exhibition called
‘Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms For Expanding Megacities‘, opening in November

The pavillion was originally part of an installation for a Calcutta based religious festival
and highlights the world’s rapidly expanding population.

Chaudhuri’s pavillion is made out of coloured sticks of bamboo and has reflective vinyl
stickers placed at the top and then vibrantly hued LED lights are placed around the
bamboo installation to give to make the stickers shine brightly and give the pavillion
a glow in the dark effect.

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Images Courtesy of Abin Design Studio

Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities will be showing at MoMA
from 22nd November 2014 to 10th May 2015

All lit up at the Monditalia Architectural Exhibition

The entrance of the Monditalia architectural exhibition at the
2014 venice architecture biennale  has been lit up by Rem Koolhaus
who used thousands of glowing bulbs and 15kg of Swarovski crystals set
on a wooden framework to create a dazzling entrance to the exhibition.

The towering 6 x 20 metre structure spans the length of the arsenale’s
first room and is symbolic of the grand urban lighting instillations so
familiar in Italian architecture.

The combination of the thousands tiny lights and crystals
cast a vibrant glow throughout the ancient building and are
reminiscent of the traditional Venetian archways which are often
covered in lights during celebrations throughout the region.

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Images courtesy of Gilbert McGarragher

Solar Roadways in Development in the U.S.

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Solar Roadways is a new concept in renewable energy from US couple Scott and Julie
Brushaw.  Scott (an Electrical Engineer) and Julie  came up with the idea to replace U.S.
roadway asphalt with solar panels that  could potentially produce three times more
electricity than the country currently consumes.

The couple have just reached a milestone in their quest by managing to secure $1.4 million
in crowd-funding to employ a team of engineers to drive the project forward, which if
successful could also see the additions of LED’s and touch sensors, illuminated road
markings and  even electrified roads which could mean the arrival of self-driving cars.

The Brunshaw’s are still a long way off their overall target of $56 trillion but it’s a
good start.








Stunning video of Japanese dance Troupe Enra

Check out this amazing video  from Japanese Dance Troupe  Enra, directed by Visual Artist Nobuyuki Hanabusa. “Pleiades” uses dance, music,  specialist lighting and  technology and to create a unique experience in performance art, which is truly mesmerising and transports the audience to another world.

Phillip K Smith III reveals his light based project ‘Lucid Stead’

Smith added Mirrors to a 70 year old structure in Joshua Tree,  California,which was
viewed by over 400 people but became an international phenomenon spreading like
wildfire on social networking sites and international press.

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During the day the shack appears like a mirage in the desert, band of timber interspersed
with long mirrored panels gives the illusion that the building is see through.

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As the sun set the  mirrored doors and windows, which are hooked up to a computer
activated LED system, transform into brightly coloured geometric shapes which appear
to hover in the dark landscape.

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Smith said, “Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change
of the desert. When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project
begins to unfold before you. It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected
light, projected light, and change.”



Miguel Chevalier’s Magic Carpets

French artist Miguel Chevalier has transformed the floor of the former Sacré Coeur in morocco
with an installation entitled ‘Magic Carpets’.

Miguel Chevalier Tapis magiques 2014 Casablanca (Version courte)
from Claude Mossessian on Vimeo.

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An interactive light display, the floor is covered it with a huge layer of light, which is
constantly in a flux due to the digital construction of overlapping pixels.

Black and white graphics morphs into bright colour spirals that move about in time to
music by Michel Redolfi.

The work was inspired by biology, microorganisms and cells which have the ability to
multiply, divide and merge at different rates – much like Chevalier’s Magic Carpet  when
which is affected by the viewer’s movements. When they move the patter is taken in a
different trajectory.

‘Magic Carpets’ is in collaboration with Casablanca French Institut Software, Cyrille Henry and
Antoine Villeret with the help of voxels productions.

All images courtesy of miguel chevalier



Beehive design wins UK Pavilion at Milan Expo

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Wolfgang Buttress has  won the competition to design the UK pavilion for the World Expo 2015 in Milan,

‘BE’ which was inspired by the decline of the bumble bee, was announced by Prince Harry as the winner of the £6 million competition at a ceremony in Rome yesterday.

Visitors enter the structure via an orchard and then into a wildflower meadow where an orb made of a fine steel lattice which replicates honeycomb, will glow, buzz and pulsate.

The design beat off stiff competition from the likes of  Paul CocksedgeBarber Osgerby and Asif Khan.

BE will be up against other international entrants at the expo in Milan which runs from May-October 2015.



Light installation by Urbanscreen

Amazing light installation from German creative studio Urbanscreen.

The ’320° licht’ is a 22 minute video projection, cast onto the Gasometer in Oberhausen

creating cool graphic patterns on interior of  the 100-metre high chamber creating the

illusion that the chamber is constantly changing form and shape.

The installation is one of the world’s largest and most technically complex interior

projections covering 20,000 square meters and interconnecting 21 projectors onto one

screen. ’320° licht’ is currently on view at the Gasometer Oberhausen from now until

December 30th, 2014.


320° licht’ image courtesy of gasometer oberhausen / wolfgang volz / urbanscreen

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’320° licht from Urbanscreen, photo by thomas wolf © 2014

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The exterior of the gasometer in oberhausen photo by thomas machoczek © 2014