This week as part of Lisa's vertical studio at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, teams of students installed urban lighting furniture at Practice Space in Detroit, Michigan. The project prompt was to create urban programs that provide lighting solutions while limiting the cast of light up towards the sky, washing out the view of the stars.
The four projects worked through diffusing, playing, sensing and broadcasting light in different ways. As a result the installations invited the public to a weekend exhibition as an extension of the hip-hop architecture charette and presentation for Detroit Design Festival and coincided with dlectricity. We were able to share our efforts on preserving the night sky and solutions for urban lighting conditions to over 200 visitors during the exhibition opening reception.
Prisilhouette harnesses the identity of the host location to work through both illuminating and casting. The street front signage illuminates by casting part of the venue name on the sidewalk to provide safe and visible pedestrian surfaces. In the daylight the sign tips down to work similar to the companion "practice" component.
Illuminaire glows as a double sided chandelier. Embedded lights illuminate the under surface to create an ambient glow to an outdoor living area while the top surface cuts off glare and pollution to help control light only where needed. Component cells can be arranged together or separate to create an expanding effect in existing spaces.
Highlightnight invites a playful audience to interact and spread the light. This playscape integrates flourescent and uv light to enable objects to glow rather than cast light.
The Reflective Lounge works to highlight your visual senses by having participants plug their ears and control the LED effects on the reflective mylar surface above as they lounge.