Arup Launches ‘Cities Alive: Rethinking The Shades Of Night’
March 9, 2015. Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, announced today the launch of ‘Cities Alive: Rethinking the Shades of Night’, a new report that explores the constantly changing lights of the city and how they shape our experiences from day to night.
“Projects of this magnitude and grandeur don’t happen overnight, and don’t happen without a lot of public debate and scrutiny,” said Scott Peters, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “But in the end, we got it done because we brought the parties together and found common ground for the common good and for the public benefit. That’s how we get things done here in San Diego, and it’s a better project for it,” he said.
Hundreds of people are anticipated to attend the event, which will include remarks from City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer, Board of Port Commissioners Chairman Scott Peters, CCDC Board Director Laurie Black, and former Port Commissioners Stephen P. Cushman and Mike McDade.
“The revitalized North Embarcadero will connect downtown San Diego to the waterfront, creating acres of new park space that San Diegans, visitors and future generations can use to enjoy our beautiful bay,” said Kevin Faulconer, Chairman of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Joint Powers Authority.
The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Phase I is part of a comprehensive project to beautify the waterfront and create new public open space that welcomes residents and tourists. The project also includes significant improvements to roadways, utilities and storm water systems.
When completed, a 105-foot wide esplanade will adorn the waterfront. The esplanade will have formal gardens, plazas, shade pavilions and a waterfront promenade that will allow downtown residents, workers and visitors to stroll, jog, cycle, enjoy public events or just relax.
West Broadway will serve as a gateway connecting downtown San Diego to the bay. It will be defined by special paving and medians, rows of elegant Medjool Date palms and decorative lighting. In the future, adjacent developments will further enhance the area with additional public spaces along the gateway to the bay.
The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Phase I Project is a green project. Drip irrigation will be used to water drought-tolerant plants, and the project has the ability to use reclaimed water in the future. Storm water drainage improvements will provide a water treatment system along the bay front esplanade on North Harbor Drive, preventing pollution from entering the bay.
Featured public art includes internationally-acclaimed artist Pae White’s designs, which will be integrated into the project’s architecture. White will embed words from the popular 1970 novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach into the roofs of pavilion buildings. The words will cast sunlight on the ground during the day and be illuminated on the roofs at night.
The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Phase I project will accommodate transportation options with convenient access to the nearby Santa Fe Depot and trolley stops. There will be shuttle bus stops, bicycle storage and signage along North Harbor Drive.
The Port of San Diego, City of San Diego and CCDC, on behalf of the Redevelopment Agency of San Diego, worked collaboratively to provide funding for construction and long-term maintenance of the new public spaces and amenities.
USS Cal Builders was awarded the construction contract for the project in November 2011. It is anticipated that the $28.6 million project will be completed in the summer of 2013.
The design team for the project is led by Project Design Consultants and includes Civitas, Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects, Joseph Wong Design Associates and Leni Schwendinger Light Projects LTD, among others.
Join Leni Schwendinger on December 18 @ 2:30 for an Artist Talk, and at 4:30 for the premiere light-up of Tidal Radiance
After dark, Tidal Radiance, a large-scale sculpture for the newly constructed Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier – a minimalist glass and metal building – is transformed into a shimmering, organic form with artwork elements seen near and far. The artwork will be visible to pier visitors, boats, pedestrians and motorists along the Embarcadero promenade.
Chromatic seasonal compositions relevant to the San Diego Bay’s culture and environment appear through the medium of light. For example, luminous greens express the Whale Watching season, and glowing golds the Cruise season. During the Moon Cycles the Full Moon emanates pale blues, while the New and Quarter Moon are represented by deep and medium blue hues. Light projections onto the ground plane create an immersive environment–a visual and experiential installation to engage the public.
To set the stage for a dramatic and luminous transformation during the darkened hours, it was important that the sculptural materials remain neutral by day. To accomplish this, my studio Light Projects collaborated with the architect on materials selections and other media that influence light and shadow qualities.
I envisioned a monumental sea creature emerging from the shed at night. Deeply-cast clear-glass shapes reminiscent of fish scales and seashells are layered upon a tall vertical wall mounted onto the building facing the city, interspersed with textured stainless steel forms.
Integral to Tidal Radiance is the interplay between viewer and sculpture. The spectator becomes a participant through spatial and sensory immersion in the luminous stenciled projections along the entry and perimeter of the terminal. This environment is composed of a complex line drawing which is echoed in the cast glass of the wall sculpture.
Like all of my work, Tidal Radiance contains the element of change. Whether animated patterns or a calendar of seasonal light sequences, one of my continuing challenges is to utilize the property of light to brighten, fade, and disappear – and to respond to controlled voltages through highly sophisticated computer programming. This element of controlled changeability – combined with color symbolism – allows me to create public art that not only pleases the eye but communicates and displays nuanced messages about the environment we live in.
AIA Public Art In Public Buildings, Providence RI
Invitation to “Public Art In Public Buildings” exhibition opening on Thursday, October 21, 2010, from 5:00 to 8:30 at the AIA Gallery, 158 Washington Street, Providence, RI. The show runs through November 11, 2010.
Schwendinger’s work “Rock-Island-Link” process drawings and working models will be on display along with work from other illustrious artists.
Grand opening: Louisville 2nd Street and Bridge
Bridge and Streetscape Lighting Switch-on in Louisville Kentucky, October 13, 2010
Leni Schwendinger Light Projects completed this ARRA -Federally Funded project in record time utilizing standard, traditional lighting sources combined innovatively with control technologies to create a sense of warmth and animation beneath a grand-scale i-beam bridge crossing the Ohio River.
WHAT: Bryant Park Lightwalk
WHEN: January 12, 2010 at 6:30 – 8 PM
WHERE: Bryant Park, meet at Celsius – the restaurant on the northeast end of the park
COST: Free, open to the public
Please join lighting designer Leni Schwendinger for an evening walk around one of NYC’s premiere winter spaces, Bryant Park—to explore the secrets of nighttime lighting from its atmospheres and forms to its techniques and symbols.
For an example of Leni’s unique tour, see this six-minute movie, Night City – a light walk in Greenwich Village.
The opening of Dallas Main Street Garden Park.
On November 14th Leni is presenting a talk at Universities Center at 10:30 AM.
Leni Schwendinger will review the process of making the Main Street Garden public artwork touching on the concept, technologies, and process of collaboration with the design team. She will explain her philosophy in regards to “light over time” and how she and the Light Projects studio and envision interactive artworks in public places. This is also an opportunity to learn about the fascinating new applications of video through diode technology and optics.