Light is essential to the realization of architecture, yet in the process of design and construction it is commonly an afterthought. Not only is the source of light important for the quality of illumination within a space, but also the materials used to capture, filter, and redirect the light. While the trajectories of minimalist light art and assemblage art have been historically distinct, these movements seek to produce similarly charged atmospheres that transcend common material associations. A marriage of these traditions employing programmable light nets and reused beverage containers seeks to capitalize on this similarity, shifting deeply embedded cultural readings of a ubiquitous consumer product via integrated illumination that alters the material’s inherent banality.
Excerpted from “Assembling Light.” Journal of Architectural Education 62:2 (November 2008): cover, 30-36.