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Lighting and Longevity in Las Vegas

From its signage-as-architecture heyday in the post–World War II era to the gargantuan theme resort casinos of today, the built environment of Las Vegas has operated by one guiding principal: If it's outmoded, implode it, and build something bigger and better. Read more

Smart Buildings, Smart Grid
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Smart Buildings, Smart Grid

Energy-efficient lighting is an indispensable feature of the office of the future. Read more

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Zumtobel Group Award Honors Sustainable Solutions

An intelligent, green façade based on organic concrete and a research project that lays out a map for New York City's sustainable future are the two winning design recipients of the 2010 Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment. Read more

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Master Plan | Eindhoven, the Netherlands

An integrated approach to urban lighting melds Eindhoven's past, present, and future. Read more

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Master Plan | Paris

An integral part of Paris' urban redevelopment, a new lighting master plan is one for the people. Read more

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How Do You Educate For Lighting?

There are many ways in which an individual can arrive at the practice of lighting design. For some it is borne out of architectural study and training. For others it is an engineering path, and yet still there are those individuals who discover lighting through artistic pursuits. The question then is, whether through formal academic means or individual inquiries, how do you educate for lighting? How do you prepare and train someone to practice lighting design? Read more

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Landmark moments in the architectural lighting profession

As A|L enters its 20th anniversary year, we'd like to know what you consider landmark moments in the architectural lighting profession. Is it a technical advancement, a specific project, the design of a luminaire, the formation of a group or a professional organization? What, to you, have been some of the key moments in the lighting industry? Read more

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Light and the Urban Nightscape

The design of nighttime environments that instill feelings of both safety and enjoyment is of critical importance to the economic and cultural vitality of urban centers around the world. This has been broadly recognized in Europe for several decades, but has only recently been seriously addressed in North America. The following considers lighting design for the urban nightscape through the examination of two progressive urban lighting projects, organizations like the Lighting Urban Community International (LUCI), the City-People-Light program, and the role of lighting festivals and workshops in advancing urban lighting design. Read more

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