RESPONSIVE LIGHTING is a group project developed during Test Unit Summer School in Glasgow.
We worked with Jason Bruges Studio to develop a light strategy for the Civic House facade. The building used to function as a printing press and is now used as a new learning space for progressive forms of city development and acts as a hub for the Glasgow Canal area.
We wanted to introduce the concept of play, so we asked the following questions:
- What is play?
- How can play be introduced to an urban environment?
- How can we use light to initiate play?
Using five bold colours, a series of motion sensors and an Arduino computer we decided to transform the facade of the building into a canvas. Spread around the site on the main pathways there are a series of coloured circles that communicate with the windows of Civic House.
By stepping on the coloured circles the facade is going to respond by turning on a window with the same colour. The more people are present, the more windows are lit.
Although initially just a prototype for the duration of Summer School, the installation has been acquired by Civic House and is permanently up for play.