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The Architecture of Light (Second Edition) Author: Sage Russell Publisher: Conceptnine $68 paperback ISBN - 978-0-9800617-1-0


MVRDV Buildings Editors: Andreas and Ilka Ruby Publisher: nai010 €65.00 hardback ISBN - 978-94-6208-012-6


A Lighting Design PointOfView Author: PointOfView Publisher: PointOfView Available upon request


The second edition of ‘The Architecture of Light’ is an expanded and updated version of the popular textbook that was first published in 2008. The author, Sage Russell, is an interesting character having completely changed his career path in 2010, leaving his job as lighting designer with Candela Lighting Design in the USA to become a ‘food pilgrim’ in London giving cookery classes and culinary tours in Borough Market! However, he obviously still keeps his hand in lighting design as the updates to this book are well thought through and relevant. Published to address “the rapid changes that have affected the lighting design practice”, the second edition still contains the vivid, image packed text of lighting concepts and techniques important to lighting designers. Built around a successful teaching curriculum, this text provides a logical step by step progression through the phases of conceptualising, refining, drafting and presenting lighting design. The Architecture of Light presents a perfect blend of visual design tools and fundamental lighting knowledge. In addition to theory and discussion, The Architecture of Light also provides complete chapters of common lighting details, case studies and a catalogue of specific lighting tools. Recommended for lighting design students and professionals alike.


We are big fans of MVRDV here at mondo*arc. The Rotterdam-based architecture and urban design practice has always had an affinity with quirky lighting (see Gangnam Style on page 32) and this book is full of examples. Instead of project descriptions by the architect, interviews and visits to the buildings form the basis of the texts (it is edited by journalists Andreas and Ilka Ruby), accompanied by clear and easy-to understand drawings of the buildings as they were built. MVRDV also tried hard to find existing photographs of the buildings as they are in use today, rather than commissioning new photographs of emptied spaces. Designer Joost Grootens contributed to this idea by collecting as many amateur photographs of the buildings as he could find, showing what users, visitors and passers-by think is notable, or beautiful, about the works. Clients, users and friends on social media were asked for their collaboration. The making of the book became something of an MVRDV: Revisited, a suitable celebration of the office’s 20- year anniversary.


The book features 38 projects with user testimonies, 118 new, descriptive drawings and 682 images by photographers such as Jakob Galtt, Roland Halbe, Rob ‘t Hart, Nick Kane, Thomas Loof, Jeroen Musch and more than 100 other talented photographers, many active on Flickr and Facebook.


‘A Lighting Design PointOfView’ is a journal collated by the creative team at PointOfView, an Australian design consultancy specialising in architectural lighting, audio visual and theatre systems design. The company, under the direction of David Becker, Mark Elliott and Bernie Tan-Hayes (all given profiles in the book) consists of architectural lighting designers, architects, interior, industrial, product and furniture designers, set and stage lighting designers and a diverse range of skills which delivers award winning international work. This journal focuses on lighting and outlines the expertise and value that a specialist lighting designer brings to architectural, interior and exterior environments. It describes the considerations, design process, techniques and ingenuity employed by lighting designers to deliver viable, durable, evocative and safe environments. Of course it also documents the work of PointOfView (both project and luminaire product design work) with a large portfolio section that takes up the majority of the book. Projects include work previously featured in mondo*arc like QT Resort, Gold Coast, Australia (issue 61) and Crown Towers Hotel and Casino, City of Dreams, Macau (issue 53).


The book can be purchased by contacting PointOfView via their website: www.pov.com.au.


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