Merging the themes of tolerance and women in lighting, our team chose to use AUD itself as the analogy. The AUD campus and community are the literal and metaphorical backdrop; a microcosm of both tolerance and a place where women have a strong voice. University years are formative years, where an entire community works together to explore, disagree, connect, and create. Our site is in the heart of the community where a triangular path circumnavigates the oldest tree on campus. The triangle can represent the unity of mind, body, and spirit; it is both masculine and feminine.
Intersecting pathways are lit with lanterns, which share commonalities in overall dimension and materiality, yet abound with differences in pattern and color. When lit, each of these lanterns is transformed into something new, a different experience, due to their shadows.
The tree in the center is washed with light, offering a different perspective at night. Programming of these lights was done by students.
Along the back wall of the Administration building, there is a story playing out from left to right. Grazing light is used initially to show differences and textures, yet as the user moves towards the right, the light changes to reflect something more smooth and unified.
Four concrete footings provide the base for four ideas that are intrinsic to the AUD community. Created from found objects and samples related to the student work of the School of Architecture, Art and Design, they represent unity, exploration, diversity, and flexibility; we invite the viewer to draw their own conclusions. Each of these four sculptures is associated with the lighting colors projected on the oldest tree on campus and the materiality of them.
In the unity sculpture used wood and associated with the green color as the inner balance is achieved through unity. The material of choice for the exploration sculpture is foam as it is a white canvas used by most design students to explore their ideas. The color we chose to complement that idea is purple. The Third sculpture celebrates diversity as it uses a variety of transparent and translucent plastics of different types, colors, and finishes to highlight the diversity between the people while showing that at the end they have a common ground. The color chosen for this sculpture was blue as it symbolizes tranquility, logic, communication, and knowledge which are all tools used to manage diversity to make it productive. Finally, the last sculpture was made out of a cardboard grid formed in a curvilinear manner. The color of light associated with this idea is pink as it conveys the message of playfulness and harmony.
The group working on Light.ication 4.0 represents both Interior Design and Architecture students, with roots in India, Egypt, Syria, Turkmenistan, and Kuwait; under the guidance of their lighting design mentor from the USA. The overall process has taught us that when we respect and help each other, a solution is easily found.