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A Cooper Union engineering class creates a sustainably designed solar lantern for African communities in a remote outpost of northern Ghana. Read more

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Let There Be Light

Sam Goldman knows what it means to live in the dark. For four years, the young Peace Corps volunteer inhabited a remote rural community in the West African country of Benin. Kerosene lamps were the primary light source in this off-grid village. One night in 2003, a snake came out of the shadows and bit him. Read more

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2008 AL Design Awards: Guerrilla Lighting

special citation | public awareness/activism Read more

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Magnet, San Francisco

To make this pro-bono design effort for a nonprofit clinic in San Francisco come together, lighting consultancy H.E. Banks + Associates was challenged to use limited resources in creative ways. Magnet, a sexual health center for the gay community offering activities such as readings, art exhibits, town hall meetings, and social events, as well as medical services, wanted an environment that would look and feel as inviting and comfortable as a hip lounge, but designed and built within a small budget. Read more

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