There are three broad market trends currently impacting architecture and urban design:  The first is the incorporation into the exteriors of buildings of novel energy conservation (e.g. solar shading systems) and generation (e.g. solar photovoltaic) features.  The second is the continued development and incorporation of “low-resolution” digital media displays on building facades and within larger urban settings.  The third is the desire for communities to develop differentiated, “branded” urban environments to stimulate their local economies.

There is tremendous innovation space contained within the overlap between these three trends.  How are lighting systems incorporated into the innovative exterior cladding systems of modern buildings?  How can urban environments create distinctive large-scale lighting pieces with low or zero energy use at an affordable total cost of ownership?

This desire for urban identification is just as strong –if not stronger—in developing regions as it is in the world’s largest metropolitan regions.  In developing regions…

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