Biomimetic Eye_Beacon mimics deep-sea creatures in a hypnotic light show

July 17, 2017 by  
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UNStudio and MDT-tex have tapped into the ocean’s murky depths for their design of the Eye_Beacon, a sculptural pavilion for the Amsterdam Light Festival. Illuminated with LEDs to create a hypnotic pulsating light show, the colorful art installation draws inspiration from the bioluminescence of deep-sea creatures. The pavilion was created as the festival’s ticketing and information booth, and follows this year’s theme of biomimicry . Installed on the western side of the ‘Blauwburg’ next to the river Amstel , Eye_Beacon is an eye-catching pavilion that serves as the first stop for visitors to the festival. The structure also connects the ‘Watercolour’ canal route with the ‘Illuminade’ land route. The sculptural pavilion comprises two interconnected cube forms that are twisted to create a dynamic shape with 316 uneven panels. The designers used parametric optimization to determine the pavilion’s openings and complex, curved shape. MDT-tex developed the 2D and 3D tensile textile modules that make up the pavilion. Focused LED projections on the inside of the tensile structure turn the pavilion into constantly morphing composition of light and color ranging from orange sunset hues to neon greens and blues. Related: Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations “Similar to deep sea creatures that use bioluminescence to signal, attract and inform, the Eye_Beacon uses choreographed light sequences to alert visitors to its dual function as both a sculpture and an information point for the festival,” said Ben van Berkel of UNStudio. “Along with the effect of the pavilion partially overhanging the Amstel River, the twist that connects the two halves of the structure emphasises the crossing point between the land and water routes of the festival.” + UNStudio + MDT-tex Photo credit: Janus van den Eijnden

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+31 Architects’ tranquil new houseboat is moored on Amsterdam’s Amstel River

October 16, 2015 by  
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Additional lawsuits filed against Monsanto over Roundup’s cancer link

October 16, 2015 by  
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We reported last week about two separate lawsuits filed by individuals, claiming Monsanto ’s Roundup herbicide caused their cancers. This week, a new suit has been filed on behalf of three plaintiffs with similar claims, while attorneys across the country are rounding up potential clients for class action lawsuits against the chemical giant. Surely, some attorneys are motivated by greed, tantalized by Monsanto’s deep pockets. Hopefully, the majority are focused on seeking justice for their clients, many of whom have suffered for decades with conditions they now believe were caused by extended exposure to Roundup’s main ingredient: glyphosate. Read the rest of Additional lawsuits filed against Monsanto over Roundup’s cancer link

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Renzo Piano to convert a Moscow power station into a solar-powered arts center

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