Light canopy, New York
“The question is, how do we make surfaces perform optimally?” asks Mark Parson, visual artist and director of Production and Technology for the Architecture Program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
Seven students in Parson’s architecture seminar Fabric: Form and Performance. The result of their individual research is the collaborative project, Light Canopy, a tensile, 80-module, multi-state light filtration surface. Vivid orange and measuring approximately 12m by 6m, Light Canopy’s design consists of invertible apertures that allow variable compositions of direct or reflected sunlight. The vinyl fabric and CNC (computer numerical controlled fabrication) assembly process was donated by outside industry sponsor Sperry Sails Inc. of Marion, Mass.
Light Canopy was first created to function as a cabanalike structure on a private Manhattan rooftop. In a more public role, it was installed between trees on the campus of Pratt Institute last spring. In August, it was installed in the Steven Holl-designed Pratt Architecture building, suspended from the two-story foyer ceiling where it functions as a decorative design element that divides the space.
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