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Media Architecture Biennale Review

The first Media Architecture Biennale took place October 7th-9th in Vienna. It brought together an exhibition, a conference and a series of workshops, with over 200 international participants from the fields of architecture, informatics, design, lighting, and others. The theme of the Biennale 2010 was „Urban Media Territories; the re-stratification of urban public spaces through digital media.”

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Siemens Car Park, Zug

The Siemens Building Technologies Division headquarters’ car park is a bright new addition to the attractiveness of Zug, Switzerland, and an innovative architectural highlight for the city. To meet the requirements set by Siemens, lighting designer HEFTI.HESS.MARTIGNONI partnered with Traxon Technologies and e:cue due to its numerous international project references in this field, as well as professional expertise. To enhance the parking structure’s façade, 1,230 customized Traxon Liner XB RGB fixtures were installed on the building’s exterior. Equipped with 25,900 high-power LEDs, the individually controllable fixtures of standard and customized lengths perfectly adapted to this challenging surface, accentuating the car park’s architectural design. Despite the large number of LEDs, the operating expenses are low and the lighting solution is environmentally friendly, thus serving as a symbol of sustainable development and renewable energies. All lighting fixtures are controlled by an e:cue lighting control system consisting of four Butler, two Lighting Control Server (LCS1), and the Lighting Application Suite.

by/via: ecue.de, traxontechnologies.com

Luminous Walls

The movie „Luminous walls: From clerestory windows to pixelated planes“, is a shortened version of the lecture that was presented at the Cornell University in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis in Ithaca/USA (Oct. 18th, 2010) and at the Columbia University in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York (Oct. 26th, 2010).

The timeline depicts different international lighting approaches from backlit clerestory windows for spiritual enlightenment to changing pixelated planes based on LED technology. Embedded videos for some projects enable a vivid understanding of dynamic installations. More text information is available on YouTube.

via: Thomas Schielke – arclighting.de

Christoph Kronhagel – Mediatecture

Dieses Buch von Christoph Kronhagel richtet sich an Architekten, Designer, Kommunikationsspezialisten und engagierte Bauherren – kurz an alle, die sich dafür interessieren, wie sich physische Lebensräume konkret und sinnvoll mit medialen Lebenswelten verbinden lassen. Hauptthema ist die Gestaltung von:

Medienfassaden und medial gestaltete Räume.

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When buildings start to twitter

The timeline depicts international media facades with their different artistic, social or brand messages up to interfaces like iPhone Apps or brain sensors for public participation. The movie is a shortened version of the lecture, „The semiotics of media facades – When buildings start to twitter” that was presented at the Parsons The New School for Design in New York.

via: Thomas Schielke – arclighting.de

Order Catalogue

The Media Architecture Biennale Exhibition is documented in a catalogue with 140 pages. It documents all the exhibited projects with pictures and a technical appendix. Moreover it contains introductory theoretical texts by the curators.

Unfortunately the catalogue is sold out. Nevertheless you can look at it online here.