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Smart Light Art, Design & Architecture for Cities

Davina Jackson


A timely survey of the ‘smart-light’ movement animating and enriching our urban spaces and night-time environments around the world

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SuperLux is an international celebration of the ingenuity and artistry of the latest lighting technology and the ‘Smart Light’ movement. As our buildings, public spaces and even homes become more interactive, smart-light design will become more significant in our lives.

‘Smart Light’ is an increasingly common term for the new technologies and ecological ideas that are being creatively applied to transform urban environments at night. There is even a new genre of public Smart Light festivals – family-friendly, ethical, energy-audited celebrations.

More than fifty public artworks, design installations and architectural-scale projects are presented in three main sections:

- Animating buildings and architecture through illumination, media screens and projections
- Bringing light to former industrial zones and new public areas, including wayfinding and streets
- Interactive installations in urban spaces and public interiors.

The sections are punctuated by essays by leading experts and designers in the field, including Peter Weibel, CEO of the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe and Peter Droege, General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy.

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'Celebrates the ingenuity and artistry of the emergent 'smart light' movement.'
Architecture Today

'Charts how buildings have been transformed from inefficient, light-polluting beacons to clean, high-concept aesthetic assets to urban space'
City AM

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 23.5 x 21.7 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Publication date: 24 August 2015

ISBN: 9780500343043

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Elevations: Architectural Light; City Screens; Projecting Fantasies; essay by Thomas Schielke • 2. Environments: Dead Zones, Dark Waters; Parks, Plazas, Promenades; Streets, Stairs, Bridges; essay by Mary-Anne Kyriakou • 3. Exhibits: Dynamic Objects; Immersions, Interactions; Interior Intrigues; essay by Vesna Petresin- Robert; Conclusion

About the Author

Davina Jackson is Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College of Art, University of London. She is the author of Next Wave: Emerging Talents in Australian Architecture and Australian Architecture Now, both published by Thames & Hudson.

List of Contributors

Mary-Anne Kyriakou, Vesna Petresin, Thomas Schielke, Peter Weibel, Peter Droege