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Phoenix Flowers

August 09 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Inspiration
Our photographer friend Dave Morris recently found himself shooting a new landscaping project in Glasgow by 7N Architects and RankinFraser. These giant flowers - and the bright red paving from which they grow - definitely bring a cheerful eruption of colour to a spot otherwise overwhelmed by the massive M8 motorway roaring overhead.

The project has been picked up by several design and architecture blogs around the web - Fast Company, Contemporist, Arch Daily - and Jonathan Speirs is credited for the advice he offered 7N during its design.

You can also see more photos on the Dave Morris Photography project page.
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Lectures in South Africa August 2010

August 07 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Education | Events
Day one: lecture on the opening day of the 2010 Decorex show in Johannesburg. 'Conversations in Architecture' was a full day of presentations discussing the relationship between architecture, light and digital space. Next on to the University of Pretoria to discuss our approach to designing with light. New and emerging technologies were of particular interest to the mixed audience of student architects and engineers.
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Sunset over Johannesburg
Sunset over Johannesburg

New website for Speirs + Major

August 07 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Events
The nature of how the web is used and what we all expect from it has changed completely since we launched our last last website in 2004. Transparency and open access to information is now a necessity not a nice-to-have. For us, sharing our work, ideas and process is the best way to reveal what we do, how we think and what motivates our work with light.

Web designers Engage have done a great job in building the architecture of a website which fits the open and easy-to-use structure that we wanted. Their creative solutions have made the site easy to navigate enabling cross links around without getting lost. Graphically the styling and page layouts are beautifully simple and work well with the new Speirs + Major identity defined by Bibliothèque.


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New Speirs + Major identity and stationery

August 07 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Events
Changing a successful brand identity was a difficult but necessary change for us. The 'Speirs and Major Associates, Lighting Architects' identity has served us well for more than 10 years but we decided a new look would tell a more accurate story of the practice and the way our portfolio and thinking is developing. The three disciplines of our work shows the broad and wide-ranging interest we have in light. To express this as an identity was a challenge we set for Bibliothèque. The brief grew from a series of conversations with them about who we are and how wanted to express the qualities of light that we are interested in: light and dark, simplicity and a portfolio made of light.

Judge for yourself, we think it is terrific.

The tag line changes from 'Lighting Architects' to 'Designers working with light' which more accurately expresses the skills of the team and what we do.

Keith to speak at the ALD conference in Instanbul 25th October 2010

August 03 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Education | Events
Keith is one of a series of international speakers talking at the biannual ALD Conference on Architectural Lighting held in Instanbul. He will talk about the interplay between interior and exterior light composition when creating architectural lighting proposals. The day will finish with an informal Pecha Kucha event

RIAS Quarterly Summer 2010

July 30 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Press
An image of the Grand Mosque adorns this month's front cover of the RIAS Quarterly - the official journal of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. Download the full article from here.
RIAS Quarterly Summer 2010
RIAS Quarterly Summer 2010

Bioluminescence in the Gippsland Lakes

July 23 2010 — by Benz Roos
Inspiration
Photographer Phil Hart has taken these remarkable photos of bioluminescence in Australia’s Gippsland Lakes. On his blog he explains how this unusual phenomenon occurs. Apparently, it requires a chain of events - bushfires, storms and flash floods - to trigger a population explosion of this particular algae. At night the organisms produce a remarkable form of bioluminescence, the water glowing brightly wherever there is movement - in waves breaking on the shore, in ripples in the water and wherever people play in the water. You can see his photos and read his story here - definitely worth a look!
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Bioluminescence in waves lapping at a beach in this 1.5 hour exposure on the Gippsland Lakes, Australia.
Bioluminescence in waves lapping at a beach in this 1.5 hour exposure on the Gippsland Lakes, Australia.

Dieter Rams

July 16 2010 — by Benz Roos
Inspiration
Mini interview by Gestalten tv with legendary industrial designer Dieter Rams. Dieter Rams has been the leading product designer of Braun. He is a big influence on Jonathan Ive's designs for Apple.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

July 14 2010 — by Benz Roos
Inspiration
Very interesting webpage from NASA about astronomy pictures incl. information about the pictures.
Astronomy Picture of The Day

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Sunset as seen from the International space station
Sunset as seen from the International space station

Jonathan Speirs to speak at Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow

July 12 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Education
Jonathan Speirs has been invited to speak at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow on Friday 8 October.
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