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Dear Guests and Speakers of Media Architecture 2007,

On behalf of the team of organisers I’d like to thank you for having spent two great days with us. It was mainly your contributions, questions and comments that made it a success.

In the next days and week we want to provide more documentation material of the conference and of course we keep on posting projects and news in the field of Media Architecture.

There have been a lot of new projects in the presentations but also during the coffee brakes, that are waiting for being referenced here.

If you have the impression that a certain project is missing here please send me an e-mail: gt[at]realitylab.at or use the “Suggest a project” button.

I hope you have enjoyed the conference,
Let’s keep in touch,

Media Architecture Conference 2007

On 11th and 12th September Media Architecture 2007 will take place at Central Saint Martins Innovation in central London. Organised by Media Architecture Group in Vienna, the conference will bring together international speakers from the architecture, planning and media communities for the first time to address the increasing integration of new display technologies for building construction. The huge impact of this development for building design and the urban environment will be explored from both theoretical and practical implementation perspectives by leaders in the field. The conference takes place at the same and is co-organised with PLASA, the international lighting exhibition at Earls Court, London.

Speakers & curators include:
Joachim Sauter, Bart Lootsma, Ludger Hovestadt, Realities United, Andrew Shoben, Kari Jormakka, David Cunningham, Mark Dorrian, Hermann Eisenköck, Patricia Austin, Tim Pritlove, Peter Cornwell, Kathrin Kur, Andreas Rumpfhuber, Oliver Schürer, Mirjam Struppek, Jim Thrower, Gernot Tscherteu

More info can be found [here].

Kubik, Berlin

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Illumininated cubes, visuals, electronic Beats: Three components of which the new open air club Kubik consists. Already from a distance the bright installation can be seen, located near the east station. It is based on the concept „Big tank“ for which dozens of conventional 1000 litre water tanks have been arranged to a temporary installation.

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Bayer Tower, Leverkusen

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The Bayer Tower in Leverkusen is not gona be demolished, but will resplend in new light – not any more as an office building, but as an ultramodern media facade. The Bayer AG plans the transformation of the former company center into a far away visible media sculpture and wants thereby to create a up-to-date visualization of Bayer at the head office of the enterprise. The 122 meters high office tower will be used by Bayer as an impressive communication instrument. The completion of the new media facade is intended for spring 2009.

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WIKA, Paris

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WA is a site-specific video installation created for Knoll International by Gabriel Winer and Dana Karwas. Large-scale architectural projections turn the existing seventeenth century facade into a drive-by cinema and pedestrian spectacle. Playing with a unique two-screen format, the movie re-imagines the story of the company’s founders, how they discovered a minimalist approach to design, and came together to create the modernist symbol that Knoll is today.

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LAX, Los Angeles Airport

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the fifth busiest airport in the world, accommodating more than 61 million travelers per year. In 2006 it undertook a major lighting renovation to both improve visual impact and reduce energy and maintenance concerns by taking advantage of intelligent LED illumination.

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The pylons of LAX Gateway are visible to airline passengers at 3,000 feet. A series of dynamic light shows was designed for the new LED-based installation, including a patriotic sequence of red, white and blue to observe the anniversary of September 11, 2001. The distinctive, architectural structures were originally designed as part of a $112 million construction and landscaping program intended to make the airport more welcoming and convenient for passengers. They have since become an iconic component of the Los Angeles cityscape for residents and visitors alike.

via: www.colorkinetics.com

Huge LED Screen for the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar

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Element Labs, Inc., an industry leader in LED video technology, was contracted by Doha Asian Games Organising Committee (DAGOC) to created the largest custom LED screen ever used for a live event. Especially designed for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, the exterior Versa® RAY screen made its debut during the Opening Ceremony on December 1, 2006 at Khalifa Stadium.

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DAGOC main contractor David Atkins Enterprises was the producer of both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. DAGOC & DAE challenged Element Labs to create a massive LED screen for the ceremonies having the highest possible resolution and video performance. The entire screen is 165 meters wide along the curve, reaching 39 meters at its highest point. The screen is comprised of 20,000 individual Versa RAYs, which laid end to end would span 58 kilometers (over 36 miles). 762,000 individual LEDs were used, with a pixel pitch of 77 millimeters.

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The Versa RAYs themselves were mounted onto large trusses with integral catwalks called “spines”. These spines are approximately 11 meters long and hold 148 Versa RAYs in varying lengths, from 750 millimeters to 3 meters.

via: elment labs

Snowdome LED Courtain

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During November 2006 BLIP set up a transparent ten metre LED display in the botanical glasshouse of Sunderland’s Museum and Wintergarden for the National Glass Centre’s Snowdome project. Until early January 2007 an international group of artists including Flunk from the UK, Claire Davies from Germany and China’s 3Gi exhibited works on the display using the internet.

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