expanded architecture

This video documents the Light Spots prototype two.

The project Light Spots aims at designing a new generation of interactive urban furniture, which are able to interact with each other, creating new social spaces and new forms of playful interaction between citizens. The project is one among several initiated by the Danish Lighting Innovation Network [ dansklys.dk/languages/english.html ]. The project carried out by Kollision [ kollision.dk/ ] in collaboration with Aarhus School of Architecture [ aarch.dk/ ], Municipality of Aarhus [ aarhus.dk/omkommunen/english.aspx ], and the companies Out-Sider [ out-sider.dk/ ]and Martin Professional [ martin.com/ ]. Realdania [ realdania.org/ ] financially supports the project. Prototype two has been carried out together with Wahlberg [wahlberg.dk/]

PROTOTYPES
The prototypes of Light Spots urban furniture are equipped with sensor-controlled sources of light, allowing them to interact with other Light Spots in the area. In the evening, the Light Spots will glow dimly, inviting people to sit. When sitting down, the light will grow brighter, creating a circle of light and shooting a beam of light, which can be aimed at one of the other Light Spots to activate it. The aim of the prototypes is to experiment with different settings, expressions and interaction opportunities.

THE DESIGN
Each piece of urban furniture is built in two parts. The lower part stands firmly on the ground and the top is a plastic shell as a large seat cushion, which can be rotate on its own axis, allowing the user to control the direction of the beam of light. When not in use, the Light Spots will pulse in different colours and hereby invite people to interact.

For more information see kollision.dk/en/lightspots

See Light Spots, prototype 1: vimeo.com/55847923
And Light Spots, prototype 2 - behind the scenes: vimeo.com/81136529

Furthermore see the following link for more media architecture projects from Kollision: vimeo.com/album/1809263

j vimeo.com/78956670

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