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Keith and Mark talk at LoveLight 7th October 2010

September 01 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Education | Events
The second annual LoveLight event will be held in London at the Village Underground, Shoreditch. The energetic day programme of speakers will cover many aspects of Light. Keith will tallk about Light + Cities in the morning session, Mark will give the afternoon's key note speech on Light + Architecture.

Jonathan Speirs invited to judge 2010 Doolan Award for Architecture

August 30 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Events
Jonathan Speirs has been invited to be a judge of this year’s RIAS Doolan Award for Architecture. Awarded to the best new building in Scotland, the £25,000 cash prize is the largest award for architecture in the UK – worth more even than the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Jonathan Speirs at Royal College of Art book launch

August 27 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Events
Jonathan Speirs has been invited by the Royal College of Art to speak at the publication launch of Light Volumes, Dark Matters by Claudia Dutson on 29th September 2010.

The event run by the RCA and the Megaman Charity Trust Fund offers an opportunity to mix with 'your peers for drinks and debate', as well as a free signed copy of Claudia Dutson's book. The lighting seminar will debate issues raised in the book and features talks by Jonathan and designer Jane Withers. After the seminar you are invited to a private viewing of the RCA exhibition 'the lives of others'.

The organizers are warning of an 'overwhelming response' so register here as soon as possible to reserve a place.

21st Century Enlightenment

August 26 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
Inspiration
The RSA's current strapline - "21st Century Enlightenment", turned into an eloquent intellectual call to arms by Matthew Taylor, and beautifully, compellingly and fascinatingly illustrated by hand. Beautiful low-tech presentation!

Jonathan Speirs to lecture at Parsons School of Architecture and Design

August 26 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Education
Jonathan Speirs has accepted an opportunity to speak to students at the Parsons School of Architecture and Design in New York on Thursday 14th October.

New Thinking In Sustainability?

August 26 2010 — by Andrew Howis
Inspiration
Would we be any more careful with energy if its usage came at greater personal cost? Probably, if all your light came from Blood Lamps, the idea of Netherlands-based designer Mike Thompson. Break the glass, cut your finger, mix the blood with the chemicals in the phial and light is produced.

The World’s first rotating solar home

August 25 2010 — by Clementine Rodgers
The world's first rotating solar home produces 5 times the energy that it uses. A whole new level of daylight design....

Art in Edinburgh, Festival 2010

August 20 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Inspiration
Although most of the city is full of performance events the visual art shows associated with the Edinburgh Festival are very strong this year. The national galleries have good shows but there are several independent galleries and collections open to view.

Ingelby Gallery on Calton Road has the first UK show by the brazilian artist Iran do Espírito Santo. The site specific work upstairs uses tones grey and white to exaggerate the sense of depth and play of light in the space.

Jupiter Artland is a contemporary sculpture park at Bonnington House, 10 miles West of Edinburgh. The private collection is open until 12th September and has some terrific pieces from the likes of Anthony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker, Andy Goldsworthy and Charles Jencks. Well worth the a visit to see such a strong collection of contemporary work in Scotland.
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Iran do Espírito Santo
Iran do Espírito Santo

World’s Largest Tidal Turbine Unveiled…

August 13 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
The world's largest tidal turbine is about to be installed off Orkney, Scotland - here.

The UK is an island nation... relatively small in area but with loads of coast. Tidal energy is huge and predictable... high tide rocks up twice a day, every day. Surely putting effort into harnessing this as a means of generating electricity is a no-brainer?

Big Chill

August 12 2010 — by Clementine Rodgers
There were some great lighting installations at the Big Chill festival this year. There was a silent disco demarked by clusters of glowing colour changing cubes of light providing more than enough light to dance to! The 'Sonic Journeys' installation by Illusion consisted of 32 huge helium filled balloons clustered beneath a large tree half way up the hillside. The light intensity ebbed in response to the accompanying sound piece. People clustered around the installations like moths to a flame!
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Big Chill: Silent Disco
Big Chill: Silent Disco
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