Smart Light Art, Design
and Architecture for Cities
by Davina Jackson


A timely survey of the ‘smart light’ movement animating and enriching our urban spaces around the world.

Smart Light is now a widely known term for the new technologies and ecological ideas that are being creatively applied by designers to transform atmospheres and social activities in urban environments at night – a movement that is animating and enriching our cities around the world. (There is even a new genre of public Smart Light festivals – family-friendly, ethical, energy-audited that are being celebrated internationally including Sydney, Singapore, New York and Seoul.)

SuperLux is the world’s first comprehensive monograph surveying contemporary milestones and outstanding creativity in this emerging movement of smart (electroluminescent) light for art, architecture and urban environments. The book contains more than 400 images of post-2008 examples of energy effective light installations – illuminated buildings, bridges, streets, parks, plazas, media walls, public interiors, gallery spaces and water systems, including interactions and augmented reality games using mobile devices. There is also an illustrated timeline of historical achievements with luminous structures – including paint, perforations, projections and pixel screens.

The book’s three sections focus on projects that use light to animate architecture and media screens; new forms of lighting in industrial zones and public areas; and interactive installations in urban spaces. Each section is punctuated by essays by leading experts and designers in the field including Mary-Anne Kyriakou, Vesna Petresin, Thomas Schielke, Peter Weibel and Peter Droege.

As our buildings, public spaces and even homes become increasingly interactive, smart-light design will become more relevant in our lives. This timely publication is an important step to ensure that professionals of all design persuasions can see the light.

The SuperLux book will be launched with a major exhibition, SuperLux: Smart Light Cities, at Sydney’s Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, 3 September-17 October. Curated by Jackson with Mike Day (architect and lighting design masters course leader at UTS), and designed by Deuce with MindConsole, this show includes new light artworks by Mary-Anne Kyraikou, Damian Gascoigne and Alan Rose, and videos and photographic panels of lightworks featured in the book. Launch party 3 September 6.30pm, RSVP Customs House +612 9242 8551.

About the author

Davina Jackson is a Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College of Art, University of London. She is the author of Next Wave: Emerging Talents in Australian Architecture and Australian Architecture Now, both published by Thames & Hudson.

Title: SuperLux
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 9780500343043
Published by Thames & Hudson
Publication date September 2015

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