Media Architecture Biennale Review

The first Media Architecture Biennale took place October 7th-9th in Vienna. It brought together an exhibition, a conference and a series of workshops, with over 200 international participants from the fields of architecture, informatics, design, lighting, and others. The theme of the Biennale 2010 was „Urban Media Territories; the re-stratification of urban public spaces through digital media.”


Luminous Walls

The movie „Luminous walls: From clerestory windows to pixelated planes“, is a shortened version of the lecture that was presented at the Cornell University in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis in Ithaca/USA (Oct. 18th, 2010) and at the Columbia University in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York (Oct. 26th, 2010).

The timeline depicts different international lighting approaches from backlit clerestory windows for spiritual enlightenment to changing pixelated planes based on LED technology. Embedded videos for some projects enable a vivid understanding of dynamic installations. More text information is available on YouTube.

via: Thomas Schielke –

Christoph Kronhagel – Mediatecture

Dieses Buch von Christoph Kronhagel richtet sich an Architekten, Designer, Kommunikationsspezialisten und engagierte Bauherren – kurz an alle, die sich dafür interessieren, wie sich physische Lebensräume konkret und sinnvoll mit medialen Lebenswelten verbinden lassen. Hauptthema ist die Gestaltung von:

Medienfassaden und medial gestaltete Räume.


Students build up installations at our Biennale

Students for the Hogeschool van Amsterdam brought a facade mock up of the Galleria Seoul Shopping Center with them to build it up for the Media Architecture Biennale. In addition they also found space in their cars for the brand new Luma Space, a product which was developed by Rogier van der Heide, the chief design officer of Philips with the students.

They showed a lot of patience with mounting all the glass disks on the Galleria mock up and a lot of team spirit while working out how to hang the Luma Space panels in the exhibition hall. The students were superviced in this process by Dick Vonk, their professor.

A Big Thank You! to them!


King’s Road Tower

Jeddah’s Corniche won’t ever be the same after final completion of the King’s Road Tower and its breath-taking cutting-edge LED MediaFacade. Being the largest in the Middle East, with almost 10.000 sqm of custom-made video system, it also uses the DMF 2.0 technology: the latest and trendiest innovation for full integration into the Facade.


Luma Space 2010

The experience of light and lighting is multi-sensory: light does not only provide sight, but also enhances texture (that we feel), reveals shape (that we touch) and space (that we are in). Media architecture often is created using “hard” surfaces such as glass and composites, with little attention to the experience of texture and tactility. Luma Space 2010 is the result of an exploration of “soft” materials that are back lit using a pixelated LED grid.