‘Broken Light’ softens a hardscrabble street in Rotterdam’s old harbor

‘Broken Light’ softens a hardscrabble street in Rotterdam’s old harbor

The city of Rotterdam asked a group of artists to help rejuvenate the former harbor area of Katendrecht through the use of light. the winner of the competition was Rudolf Teunissen of Daglicht & Vorm. His award-winning design projects a wavy pattern on the street and siewalk and narrow pennants of lights on the facades of the social income housing. In the beginning the inhabitants were wary, but now they’re proud of the way that lighting project ‘Broken Light’ has softened the look and feel of the street. Read my story for Architectural Record here.   Read the article…

‘Broken light’ heals a rough street with soft light

‘Broken light’ heals a rough street with soft light

As part of the rejuvenation of Rotterdam’s old harbor area of Katendrecht, known for its sailors’ bars and whorehouses, the city commissioned a combined art and lighting project. The winner was ‘Broken Light’ by lighting designer Rudolf Teunissen of Daglicht & Vorm. In the August issue of Architectural RecordI describe how his lighting gives the street a tranquility and a dignity it has never before known.

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Sparkling Eiffel Tower

Sparkling Eiffel Tower

This short iPhone-movie shows the Eiffel Tower sparkling brightly on the other side of the Seine at midnight. In retrospect it’s amazing to think how controversial Gustave Eiffel’s proposal was for the construction of a tower of cast iron for the World Exhibition of 1889.  He compared it to the Egyptian pyramids: ‘My tower will be the tallest edifice ever erected by man. Why would something admirable in Egypt become hideous and ridiculous in Paris?’

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