Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachl
Carefully composed electro-luminescent strands are woven into large parasols that are able to offer shade in the heat of the day as well as provide a source of light at night. The light is emitted from a network of solar cells which are embedded in the canopy of these dynamic structures.
Utilizing massive interior and exterior spaces that are flooded with natural light, Alexandre Dang turns very basic solar energy units into flowing fields of flowers. The economically designed artificial wildlife amass to become mechanically activated representations of natural beauty. Now you can have the tranquility of a prairie in any public space!
North Design Office
Drawing deeply from Cleveland’s industrial heritage, this project references the steel industry of the city’s past, while incorporating low energy consumption technologies into the radiant forms to point a way towards an environmentally friendly future. The forms glow welcomingly at night, inviting locals and visitors alike to walk among them.
Activating and calling upon the rich cultural history of colored glass, Sarah Hall has taken this idea one step further by activating this structure with sunlight-absorbing technology which turns natural light into a wealth of useable energy. From ancient churches to contemporary life, colored glass continues to live on, now in an active role.
In an exciting collaboration between the public and the environment, the masses are invited to interact with these twelve illuminated shafts via web based controls. When the sun falls behind the horizon and dusk settles over the land, the directives programmed throughout the day come to life, shafts swaying to the imaginations of the excited public.