Check out this very interesting interview with writer/producer/director Jon Favreau discussing multiple topics in the ongoing digital revolution in media (both creative production and distribution). There are several analogies to how architects, lighting designers, developers, etc. might embrace the digital … Continue reading jon favreau interview on digital transformation
Nowatt Lighting is a French startup focusing on off-grid, solar-powered light fixtures. Nowatt has built intelligence into their products that seems to go beyond most “dumb” solar-powered lights, with multi-channel LED engines and app-based control including parametric-based scenarios that can … Continue reading nowatt lighting
Yet another stunning project from TeamLab, this time a cluster of “megaliths” placed in an abandoned bathhouse. If you look closely in the video, you can clearly see the fine pixelation of the direct-view LED panels. I’m guessing 2mm or … Continue reading teamlab – megaliths in the bath house
The future is dim for preset-scene lighting controls We are entering a future where architectural design and its associated technology systems are increasingly focused on experience management as the primary end-goal of many projects. New technology systems, such as digital … Continue reading media-driven vs data-driven environments
Via Designboom.com, giant motion-activated media reacts to passersby in Washington DC office building. Project by ESI Design; see the original PR release here. Inside Terrell Place — an office building and civil rights landmark in downtown washington DC — ESI design … Continue reading motion activated media wall
A marketing mail came across my inbox from Planar announcing their latest direct-view LED screens offering an incredibly fine 0.9mm pixel pitch. To do the math, that’s 25.4mm / 0.9 = 28 pixels per inch, or thinking of it by … Continue reading 0.9mm pitch LED screens: approaching “retina” quality for architecture?
TeamLab is a Tokyo-based creative group with some strikingly beautiful interactive installations that make clever use of projection mapping and physical interaction. I’ve included just a few of my favorites, but check out their site to see their other amazing projects. … Continue reading teamlab
Jim Campbell is a San Francisco-based LED installation artist with a prolific collection of work. Campbell in particular explores abstraction through low-resolution media screens. Intel’s The Creators Project has an interesting piece on Campbell. Continue reading jim campbell’s sculptural LED installations
Two posts have now shown up for this application, so it must be a trend! In February, Wired magazine posted a supersonic jet interior that is replacing windows with massive screens, leading to weight savings and structural advantages. In October, Core77 … Continue reading using flexible screens for aircraft interiors
An incredible media lighting system installation named “Aurora” by Electroland was realized using advanced parametric design, digital fabrication, and 47,000 RGB LED pixels from Philips Color Kinetics. And wonderfully, Electroland presents numerous process photographs and an amazing video recorded from the design, … Continue reading electroland’s aurora project
Philips Design, Philips Large Luminous Surfaces, and Madrid-based Lighting Design Collective have teamed up to create two different “generative content” functions for the Philips Luminous Textiles product line. Wind Wall Here the platform uses algorithms driven by external triggers such as wind … Continue reading philips + lighting design collective launch “generative content” control system
Moment Factory recently published this interesting “featurette” piece on the making of several large multi-media and interactive installations at LAX. What really strikes me about this video is the intensive amount of effort required to produce first-rate architectural media installations. Most … Continue reading moment factory – lax international terminal
Thomas Schielke, who is in the communications group at ERCO and has spoken at many events and seminars, has a personal site with many interesting research videos for those of you who are “lighting nerds”…like myself. Above is an excellent … Continue reading history of luminous walls
Hewlett Packard is venturing into large scale, ultra-hi-def video walls cable of 3D projection in a project called the HP Photon Engine. The accompanying video states that over the next year, HP will be taking this out on a “custom … Continue reading hp photon engine
Creative media agency Antilop, based in Istanbul, has produced a spectacular art/branding installation for Coca Cola in India. The installation is a simple three wall room, but with high-def and very powerful front projections, using 7 Barco projectors. The content … Continue reading when walls dematerialize into video
GKD Metal Fabrics is a supplier of interwoven metal meshes for large-scale architectural use.
GKD Mediamesh, a metal fabric product with integral LED video system, is an excellent example of the integration of green design + digital media in architecture. The walls can be used as architectural sun screens, cutting down on the solar heat load entering a building, while simultaneously retaining the views from inside the building and acting as a video screen from the outside.