Daylighting Temple

This is a fantastic service that the Columbia University of New York gives out freely for everybody:
a panoramic 360° sequence of images of some very interesting and peculiar architectures.

Not anybody has had the possibility to travel so far away, and for some of us, this is the only chance to experience in an augmented reality space. I need to say that it is amazing if you can project this 360° images on a white wall and watch them in a sufficiently big scale to feel yourself in this place. It is a good approximation of reality.

This time we are having a look at a “daylighting temple” the Notre-Dame-Du-Haut , built in Ronchamp (1950-54) by the Swiss architect Le Corbusier.
Its plasticity and space conception is underlined by the use of natural light and wall thickness, masses and voids which alternatively bumps in and out the original volume of the temple.
Almost everywhere in the world, you will find buildings inspired by this one. We architects have studied every corner (better to say in this case: every bend) of this temple.

what the world knows about Ronchamp

What the world Doesn’t know about Ronchamp



General map with all the other views



The exteriors





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The dark side of light: how artificial lighting is harming the natural world

The world is lit at night like never before, and ecologists are assessing the damage.

It’s a summer night near a forest lake in Germany and something unnatural is going on. Beyond the dark waters lapping at the shores, a faint glow emanates from rings of light hovering above the surface. Nearby, bobbing red torchlights — the least-disruptive part of the visible spectrum — betray the presence of scientists on the shoreline. They are testing what happens when they rob the lake creatures of their night.

by Aisling Irwin

Read the entire article on the scientifical magazine Nature:

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philosophy of light, philosophy of life

This is Svante Petterson webinar for Philips Lighting University about light and understanding of lighting scenarios, contrasts, perception and composition.

I found this webinar very inspiring and complete, I hope you will too!

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one projector, two animators and a lot of art!


Very inspirational video mapping, done with just one projector and…

lots hours spent in front of the computer, animating, animating and again animating!
But even a very important study of spatial collimation between all the canvas and the spaces in the art gallery.

Directed and animated by Filip Sterckx
Concept by Filip Sterckx + Antoon Verbeeck
Paintings by Antoon Verbeeck
3D modeling by Birgit Sterckx
Sound-design by Roundhouse
Mocap actor: Nicolas Vanhole
Created with the Mirror Head and MDC-X by Dynamic Projection Institute

Here there is the link of the enterprise producing the motorized mirror:

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Video mapping is going viral!

Interesting product of the Optoma Europe Ltd: a projection mapping interface at consumer level to enable all kind of customer to create their own video show projected on solids.

Here it comes a short video that shows how simple is the content uploading with a pad Apple or Android. Video mapping  is becoming consumer product:

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Circadian Light

Do you know what is a TEDMED?
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a media organization which posts talks online for free distribution, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”. TED was founded in February 1984 as a conference, which has been held annually since 1990. TED’s early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its Silicon Valley origins, but it has since broadened its focus to include talks on many scientific, cultural, and academic topics.
(source Wikipedia)

TEDMED is a talk focused instead on medicine.

Mariana Figueiro, Light and Health Program Director at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) and Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, reveals surprising facts about the effects of light – its presence, its absence, and its patterns – on human health.


Presented by Lighting Research Center scientists Dr. Mark Rea and Dr. Mariana Figueiro on March 15, 2017, this webinar addresses the American Medical Association (AMA) report cautioning the public about the use of In-Ga-N based LEDs. This webinar provides: practical, scientific advice to address the issues raised in the AMA report; direction on correctly and accurately measuring and specifying indoor and outdoor lighting; and guidance to address the problems of misapplying short-hand metrics to the topic of the health and environmental impacts of light and lighting. Thank you to the participants at more than 200 locations around the world who took part in this webinar!

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The word “photography” was created from the Greek roots φωτός (phōtos), genitive of φῶς (phōs), “light” and γραφή (graphé) “representation by means of lines” or “drawing”, together meaning “drawing with light”.

Several people may have coined the same new term from these roots independently. Hercules Florence, a French painter and inventor living in Campinas, Brazil, used the French form of the word, photographie, in private notes which a Brazilian historian believes were written in 1834. 

Johann von Maedler, a Berlin astronomer, is credited in a 1932 German history of photography as having used it in an article published on 25 February 1839 in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitung. Both of these claims are now widely reported but apparently neither has ever been independently confirmed as beyond reasonable doubt. Credit has traditionally been given to Sir John Herschel both for coining the word and for introducing it to the public. His uses of it in private correspondence prior to 25 February 1839 and at his Royal Society lecture on the subject in London on 14 March 1839 have long been amply documented and accepted as settled facts.

Source: Wikipedia

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Book of thoughts

Because beauty consits of it’s own passing, just as we reach for it. It’s the ephemeral configuration of things in the moment, when you can see both their movement and their death.

Muriel Barbery, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”




Francesco Venezia – Etruscans – Exhibition – photo by Fulvio Orsenigo

I remember this lesson of architecture as if it were yesterday, it was 2003, first year of faculty, I knew already from the first days I took a very thrilling path for my life choosing that field, I felt so fulfilled starting those studies. I felt that Architecture was an exciting mix of science, trends, materials, theory of art, daily practice, drawing, economy and management, sociology, psychology, perception and above all there was, on the very top: your vision of the world.

I was questioned about a solution for somebody’s needs. I was asked to improve life quality for people around me.

My previous year of studies in International Politics had been quite disappointing, I had the feeling that studying was a challenge in between pupil and professor to reach the highest knowledge of what professor oneself wrote: quite impossible to have a debate, very often was a stupid effort of stocking data in my mind, collect, collect and again collect. Who cares what you were really thinking about the world? Nobody cared. That was highly frustrating, indeed.


That day I remember I had a bursting shiver listening at my professor of the times:  Mr. Franciosini. I’m sure not only me, but most of my colleagues had the epiphany: “this is what I want to do in my life”.


The architect was explaining us what was the essence of our job, what was creating a “space” from nothing. In this picture it’s illustrated one of the points: a sudden expansion of spaces, this truncated pyramid aiming at an above height, a central focus of interest under the upcoming light, corridor in the darkness and subject into the light, the rate in between voids and built area.  In few words: a theatre.



“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”

Leo Tolstoy, “Anna Karenina”



Se puderes olhar, vê. Se podes ver, repara.
Dom Duarte, “Livro dos conselhos”


Dentro de nós há uma coisa que não tem nome, essa coisa é o que somos.

É que vocês não sabem, não o podem saber, o que é ter olhos num mundo de cegos.

Costuma-se até dizer que não há cegueiras, mas cegos, quando a experiência dos tempos não tem feito outra coisa que dizer-nos que não há cegos, mas cegueiras.

Por que foi que cegámos, Não sei, talvez um dia se chegue a conhecer a razão, Queres que te diga o que penso, Diz, Penso que não cegámos, penso que estamos cegos, Cegos que vêem, Cegos que, vendo, não vêem.

José Saramago, “Ensaio sobre a cegueira”



When someone that you love’s like fireworks suddenly burning out in the sky and everything going black.

Muriel Barbery, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”

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