Light + Building (and sore legs)

April 18 2012 — by Iain Ruxton
Speirs + Major have been at the Light and Building show in Frankfurt.... alongside the rest of the lighting world. Mark, Keith, Andy, Clementine, Hiro and I managed to cover a lot of the show and to fit in some interesting meetings...

It's the year that LED lighting has grown up... fascinating show. It's still comparatively early days for specification of white light LED, but there's a real confidence and maturity around the stands about using LED for real technical lighting applications. So interesting to see how different manufacturers are solving the problems.

I'll be reviewing, ranting and being generally opinionated about it for Lighting Magazine in a couple of weeks... watch this space...

Meanwhile, we'll all go for a nice sit down and an early night...

Design Practice of the Decade, Lighting Design Awards 2012

March 22 2012 — by Press
Awards | Events | Press
Speirs + Major were honoured to be recognised as the 'Design Practice of the Decade' at the 10th annual Lighting Design Awards. This award is all the more meaningful given the exceptionally high quality of the work that exists across the field of lighting design.
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Jonathan, Keith and Mark receiving the award
Jonathan, Keith and Mark receiving the award

CREE Aeroblades

February 23 2012 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
We have designed a new approach to urban lighting using LED technology with CREE and Ruud Lighting. We have also helped create a graphic identity and 3 episodes of a taster video for the product. Episode 02/03 and 03/03 will be available alternately later in April. The product is launched to market at Light+Building 2012 in Frankfurt.

Navy Pier design concept released

February 07 2012 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Events | Press
AECOM and BIG's design concept for the Navy Pier competition has been released on YouTube. We were part of the presenting team to the jury and at the public debate in Chicago - you can view the full presentation here.
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Interactive Ferris Wheel
Interactive Ferris Wheel

Mark Major among top 100 architects sketching for charity

November 27 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Drawings of the City of London by 100 prominent architects, including our own Mark Major, will be auctioned for disaster relief charity Article 25 on 1st December.
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<I>Lights on the London Wall</I> by Mark Major / Speirs + Major
Lights on the London Wall by Mark Major / Speirs + Major

Andrew Howis is made Associate Director

November 07 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Congratulations to Andrew Howis who has been promoted to Associate Director of Speirs + Major. In his new role, he will assist the Directors, Mark Major and Keith Bradshaw, in the running of the practice.

‘Lighting Days’ in Copenhagen

November 01 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
On November 16, Keith Bradshaw will be speaking at Lighting Days in Copenhagen, an event organised by The Danish Lighting Centre. The theme of the conference is 'Light and Atmosphere'. Keith has tapped into this theme with his talk entitled 'To be (seen) or not to be (seen)':

"Should good light be imperceptible? Designing light into the physical and conceptual fabric of space is not easy and demands a deep comprehension of the core values of the project and how best to translate these into light. Developing the most appropriate manner in which to deliver the light requires a broad range of skills, experience and charm! Using examples from our design and delivery process, this presentation will give insights into our approach and attempts to realise projects based on simple, core ideas unique to each project."

Twin Sails Bridge Raised

October 21 2011 — by Carrie Donahue Bremner
The triangulated lifting leaves of Twin Sails Bridge in Poole have been raised this week creating a miraculous sight unlike any other.

A video of the lifting can be seen on the BBC and further details found on the Bournemouth Daily Echo.

The project commenced in 2003 with Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Giffords and is due to open in early 2012.

Iain at PLDC 2011, Madrid

October 12 2011 — by Iain Ruxton
Education | Events
Iain will be speaking at Professional Lighting Design Convention 2011 in Madrid, on the topic of "The Meaning of Light ". (Saturday 22nd October)

Arguing that light functions as language and that we need a new language to discuss light, I'll be roaming philosophical, theoretical and linguistic territory in search of ways to communicate with and about light.
I'm not often nervous about conference presentations, but this is pure intellectual exploration... pushing way out beyond projects, practice and technology. Anyone who is attending PLDC, please come along, help me out, and join the debate... I may regret saying this, but lighting journalists particularly welcome?

Blackpool Comedy Carpet

October 10 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
A 'comedy carpet' is being unveiled in Blackpool, as part of LDA Design's Tower Festival Headland which Speirs + Major are developing a lighting scheme for. The carpet - made of granite and concrete - has been designed by artist Gordon Young and features quotes and catchphrases from over 1000 comedians. For more information and images of the carpet, visit the BBC website.
The Comedy Carpet by artist Gordon Young, part of Blackpool's promenade
The Comedy Carpet by artist Gordon Young, part of Blackpool's promenade
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