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Cree Holds Workshop to Create New Lighting Iconography

The light bulb has become a ubiquitous iconographic symbol representing more than just lighting. But as contemporary discussions grapple with issues pertaining to energy efficiency and related lighting technologies, a new singular symbol has not arisen that expertly captures and conveys this idea. Although the compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) has often been used, it is a poor substitute when it comes to representing the range of available energy-efficient lighting options, including solid-state lighting. In an effort to create a universal symbol specifically for LED lighting, Cree partnered with the Noun Project—a free, online visual dictionary of symbols for energy-efficiency developments—to host an Iconathon. More

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Cree Holds Workshop to Create New Lighting Iconography

The light bulb has become a ubiquitous iconographic symbol representing more than just lighting. But as contemporary discussions grapple with issues pertaining to energy efficiency and related lighting technologies, a new singular symbol has not arisen that expertly captures and conveys this idea. More

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Cree Acquires Ruud Lighting
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Cree Acquires Ruud Lighting

Cree and Ruud Lighting are the latest lighting companies to join the mergers and acquisitions activities that have characterized the lighting industry over the past several years. The announcement, that Cree was acquiring Ruud Lighting, was made on Aug. 17 and involves a stock-and-cash transfer estimated at approximately $525 million. The acquisition of Ruud Lighting gives Durham, N.C.-based Cree, principally known as an LED chip and LED lamp manufacturer, entrée into the luminaire side of the industry. The deal allows Ruud Lighting greater resources to ongoing technological developments in LEDs, and helps them to move faster in meeting market demands for LED products. More

2009 AL Design Awards: Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, N.C.
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2009 AL Design Awards: Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, N.C.

As the first healthcare facility in the U.S. built specifically for the combined... More

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Shimmer Wall, Raleigh, N.C.

When the city of Raleigh, N.C., envisioned its new 500,000-square-foot convention center, displaying the building's massive air-conditioning system was not part of the design strategy. But given the building's prominent downtown location with all four elevations in public view, there was no “back of house” space to conceal the HVAC equipment. Left with the mechanical infrastructure sitting on the south façade along McDowell Street where upward of 80,000 cars drive by daily, the team had to figure out a way to hide the equipment with a visually pleasing treatment. The City of Raleigh, with its rich tradition of public art, called on local design firm, Clearscapes, to explore an artistic solution that would screen the unsightly equipment and create a dynamic art feature for the convention center. More

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Round-The-Clock Research

Put 10 really smart college students into a combination dorm and laboratory, give them complex projects to work on, and monitor everything they do. The Home Depot Smart Home at Duke University in Durham, N.C., may sound like the premise for a reality show (that question is even addressed in the project's online FAQ), but it's far more exciting and meaningful than anything Hollywood has dreamed up. More

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