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October 31, 2005

Purves & Purves

Ref MAciej comment:


October 30, 2005

Tuesday Nov 1 Tutorials

Tuesday (if you need to switch, contact someone to trade and then edit the schedule in this post).
10:00 MACIEJ
11:00 KEVIN
11:30 MARTIN
12:00 KANTO
12:30 SELINA

2:30 MIHO
3:00 ASEEL
3:30 SANDRA (if you're back from the US)

Also, continue to post your work to the blogs - some of your pages need some serious updating. Develop your texts and upload images/ideas of your light.forms. Continue to address how your light begins to shape, direct, re-direct, or manipulate form.


Rhino with Monia in the Computer Lab from 2pm.

October 26, 2005

Super Patata Light

I mentioned this light with regards Francesca's programme - it is by Hector Serrano and formed from latex, salt and a compact fluorescent bulb.

He said of this light "I wanted to let the user control the intensity of the light just by touching it. As you squeeze the light, the bulb moves around in the salt, and gets brighter as it gets closer to the surface. That's what the product allows you to do - play with light."



Hi. In regard to the accommodation in Tokyo, I need to inform then with your NATIONALITY and DATE OF BIRTH. Could you please provide me these informations as soon as possible. My e-mail address is
thank you.

tutorials and rhino

Ok, if you read the previous version of this post, the tutorial times and digital workshop location have changed!

Digital Workshop will now take place in the COMPUTER LAB from 2-4pm. You will no longer need to bring your laptops as you'll be able to use the computers there. Please come at 1:45 so we're ready to go at 2.


10:00 MACIEJ
10:30 SELINA
11:30 KANTO
12:00 MIHO
12:30 SANDRA


4:00 ASEEL
4:30 KEVIN

October 24, 2005

Lighting Research

Lighting Research Center is an interesting site. There are all sorts of studies on lighting along with case studies, etc.

British Museum Article

I had an email from Geoff Pickup, the guy I interviewed at the British Museum. He mentioned posting a relevant article on artificial lighting in galleries. Maybe of interest. I'll leave it in the unit space when I get my hands on it.

I'm still in the process of uploading the voice of the interview onto the web...

P.S. Please have a look at my page! would be interested for comments...


Rhino Intro

Monia posted the entry below over on her page (check it frequently for updates) - but i wanted to repost it here so you all see it and check some of the links out before Friday. Also please make sure you all have Rhino installed before the workshop.

Friday we are going to start the first tutorial in Rhino, for some of you who may not know Rhino, in your spare time you can take a look at this website.
This is the Rhino website

Here you can find the first 20 video tutorials from a dvd, they are for beginners, pretty simple and direct, but if you have never seen the Rhino interface, give it a try.

Also here you can find some tutorials, in case you need them in the future

If you want other Rhino links, you can use this

If you are an advanced user of Rhino, or if you are curious to see what you can do with Rhino, these are some links

See you on Friday, if you find other interesting links, feel free to update me

October 22, 2005


You can find most of the books below on the unit shelf in the AA Library. More will be added soon and I'll be handing out a reader next week with selected texts from the books below and other sources. Feel free to suggest additional texts and references.

Olafur Eliasson: Your Lighthouse: Works with Light 1991-2004, Germany, 2004.

Ulrike Brandi, Lightbook: The Practice of Lighting Design, Birkhauser, Basel, 2001.

Gannon, Todd, Light Construction Reader, New York, Monacelli Press, 2002

Ulrich Conrads, Programs and Manifestoes on 20th Century Architecture, The MIT Press, Cambridge, 1971

Betsky, Aaron, Architecture Must Burn – Manifestoes for the Future of Architecture, Gingko Press, 2001.

Venturi, Robert, Learning From Las Vegas, London, MIT Press, 1977

Pereira, Sharmini, James Turell: Projection Works, 1966-1969, London, Albion Gallery, 2004

David Redhead, Products of Our Time, Birkhauser, London 2000

Nicola Stattmann, Ultra Light – Super Strong, Birkhauser, Basel, 2003

Simply Droog, 2004

Sarah Braddock + Marie O’Mahony, Techno Textiles, Thames and Hudson, London 1998

Pallasmaa, Juhani, The Architecture of Image: Existential Space in Cinema, Helsinki, 2001.

McKee, Robert, Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting, Methuen, London, 1999.

D'Arcy Thompson, On Grown and Form, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1966

October 20, 2005

unit trip

Democratically I think I got enough responses to proceed this instance. I will tell my dad to take it serious that we are up for it. It will definately be held in English which saves me and Miho from a disaster. He mentioned that he could probably ask a well known lighing consultant to come to the workshop.
Here is this guy's website. Have a look. interesting work.

October 19, 2005

unit trip

hi everybody. I told my dad about the unit trip to Tokyo which made him quite excited. He was wondering if he could organise a workshop with us and other university students plus invited lighting designers from Japan for a day or so. The content is not specified yet but it will be about aesthetics of lighting design. What do you people think about this?

October 18, 2005

visual complexity

here is a link to the site that holds many different meathods of representing a network/system....though in my opinion it looks much more beautiful than it is comprehensable...sent to me by my brother...Big M

October 17, 2005

Lux, Lumen and Colour Temperature

For a quick reference guide to Lux, Lumen and Colour Temperature definitions and indexes have a quick read of these Wikipedia entries.

Lux + Lumen
Color Temperature

October 16, 2005

Science and light ...

This is a rather technical site but has interesting information on using your camera as a light meter in a museum setting (with a discussion on the difference between reflected light and light falling on an object), and the effects of light on museum objects (of interest to Kevin?).

Olafur Eliasson

Bought this Olafur Eliasson book at the Serpentine Gallery on Saturday - I'll be putting it on the Inter 3 shelf in the library tomorrow. Will post the full reading list here tomorrow and the rest of the books should be on the shelf very soon - in the meantime, make sure to check this one out - has some great projects and interesting texts.



Maciej, I've had a look at the space-time video and agree it is a catchy explaination to the very basics of the theory Einstein formulated 100yrs ago. To superimpose your architectural ideas, sounds great and intriguing especially as physics is a science - proving a hypothesis, and architecture more of an art - proving an individual's design! Similar in a sense to Einstein trying to unify gravity and electromagnetism, something which is still trying to be unified. Physics holds some beautifully simple models and to use physics in a good way might take a little more reading(!) I still have all my old physics books and would be happy if you need a little help - one very good book which is more of a novel and is a must read to anyone interested is 'A Brief History of Time' by Stephen Hawking. I'll bring it in on Tuesday...

October 15, 2005

Billboard with pegs on it

Here's the link to the picture that I showed in our tutorial yesterday. Enjoy.

October 14, 2005

NOVA space time link

hi guys, i just thought, watching it again myself, that it might be usefull if you all watched what i tried to show during the last tutorial. its a film on the fabric of space/time. basically what I would like to do is make scientific priniciples on space and the fabric of space/time my own by somhow superimposing whatever i would like to do architecutrally with the variables of the sciences in this field. I dont know, maybe this little flick will help you to understand a bit more...even if you dont, the guy..Brian Greene, is a great narrator (a real physisit) and makes the subject quite interesting. please help me to continue in this interests me... Please help!

its the bit of film that has the title of 'a new picture of gravity'

October 13, 2005

Meeting @ British Museum

The meeting with the guy from the British Museum Department of Building and Estates is still in the pipeline for 10AM Fri morning. I've had an email from Kevin with a few questions, but if anybody else wants any questions answered, please email me with them tonight! I want to get as much info out of him in one hit. P.S. I will see if I can film the meeting so you guy's can listen in @ our tut.

October 12, 2005

Wapping Pump Station Exhibition

One more thing,

I was just told about an exhibition happening at the Wapping Pumping Station that is also suppose to have great lighting..designed specifically for the show. Maybe some of you want to come along with me on Saturday to check it out. right....thats that.

Rachel Whiteread @ Gagosian Gallery

Just to let you know that the Rachel Whiteread @ Gagosian Gallery starts 19th October...

Lighting Books

Hi guys,

I just wanted to tell you all that i checked out some books about lighting and i left them in the unit space. i left two behind the Orange chair on the table as you walk in. Incase you dont know the Unit Door Code,e-mail Natasha and she'll probibly send it out. Anyway, the books are really quite interesting, and I took one home with me that deals specifically with Gallery and museum lighting. Good stuff there too. If anyone wants to get a gander just let me know.

ALL THE BEST..see you guys Friday

H & de M's Walker Art Center

Here's a link to the Herzog and deMeuron Walker Art Center - which i mentioned briefly yesterday in relation to the way light is relfected / refracted across the surface. The skin is made of a expanded aluminium mesh panels that have been folded and stamped.

Also, some of you should visit the Gagosian Gallery before Friday. The architects are Caruso St John (who lectured at the AA last night) and will be part of the Round Table discussion this evening. It's on Britannia Streen in King's Cross.

October 11, 2005

Join me to see Tschumi?

My first blog entry :o)

I've got a ticket for Tschumi's 'supercrit' on Friday. You have to apply for tickets by emailing Would be nice to have some company. I don't really know anything about this old AA hand so am going along for edification and enlightenment. See below:

The Architecture Foundation and Experimental Practice are pleased to confirm Supercrit #4: Parc de la Villette on Friday 14 October from 10am-12.30pm in Room M421, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1. Unreserved seating, doors open 9.30am.

The panel of critics to whom Bernard Tschumi will present includes Peter Cook (Archigram), Carlos Villanueva Brandt (founding member of NATO), Bruce McLean (artist), Murray Fraser (University of Westminster) and
Nigel Coates (Branson Coates Architecture), alongside members of the original design and engineering team. Chaired by Paul Finch (Editor of The Architectural Review).

Is Track Lighting Really the Future?

So, it seems that after a day of reviewing photographs, sketches, drawings, and a video, we've decided that London's gallery lighting on the whole is really rather uninspired. Track lighting, embedded halogens, and the odd fluorescent strip seem to make up the not-so-vast array of lighting strategies currently used to illuminate this city's art.

I wanted to just post a few of your explorations, ideas, and techniques that were mentioned during today's conversation - and that you may want to refer to as you continue to develop your gallery documentation.

> documenting the disparity between night and daytime readings > the range of reflective to matt surfaces > the negative cast > thermal imaging > warm - cool light tones > carving illuminated space > the penetration and depth of light through various skin/surface thicknesses > registering light from screens (videos, TV’s, etc) > ceiling texture > becoming selective about registering lighting effects on only walls, ceilings, floors, or edges > light by numbers > Patrick’s colour patch test > folding paper to 'repair' ineffective lighting > grid distortion test > cloudy light > martin's ricocheted light > controlling light dissipation > motion > surface vs. volumetric registration of light > layered light > boxing light > regularity of bulb change and resultant lighting effect > transition from natural to artificial light <

A reminder that you should bring 2 A2's on Friday - and we'll meet in the AA Bar and then walk over to Morwell Street room 1.05 from there.

The image below is the one I mentioned today by photographer Andreas Gursky - it’s a shot of the ceiling of the General Assembly in Niemeyer’s Brasilia.


October 10, 2005

Inter 3 2005_6

As of 5 October, INTER 3 was re-formed and will flourish with the contributions from the 10 new students and collaborators. It's an interesting mix of people with an even split this year of 5 2nd years and 5 3rd years, 5 men and 5 women. Two of the students are new to the school this year and the other 8 are returning students. This blog will soon be set up so they each have a separate page where they can load their work and thoughts - these can be accessed by clicking on their names in the menu at the right.

Their work will also be posted on the Inter 3 website which catalogs slideshows of the projects.

Keep checking - we'll start posting here very soon.