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Michael Tsinzovsky’s “Little Night Lamp for Sderot”

I just came across this interesting political statement from designer Michael Tsinzovsky – it’s called the Little Night Lamp for Sderot.

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An interesting political statement product design, indeed.  The luminaire is a commentary on the city of Sderot, Israel, which has been under constant Qassam rocket attacks since October 2000.  Tsinzovsky created this lamp from actual bomb shelter parts – note the light switch – and created a beautiful relief of a lamp.

Some information on the city of Sderot – after reading about the city, the lamp made more sense to me.  From Wikipedia:

Sderot lies one kilometer from the Gaza Strip and town of Beit Hanoun. Since the beginning of the Second Intifada in October 2000, the city has been under constant rocket fire from Qassam rockets launched by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.[9] Sderot’s population density is slightly greater than that of the Gaza Strip. Due to this, and despite the imperfect aim of these homemade projectiles, they have caused deaths and injuries, as well as significant damage to homes and property, psychological distress and emigration from the city. The Israeli government has installed a “Red Color” (צבע אדום) alarm system to warn citizens of impending rocket attacks, although its effectiveness has been questioned. Citizens only have 15 seconds to reach shelter after the sounding of the alarm. Thousands of Qassam rockets have been launched since Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip in September 2005.

In May 2007, a significant increase in shelling from Gaza prompted the temporary evacuation of thousands of residents.[10] By November 23, 2007, 6,311 rockets had fallen on the city.[11] Yediot Ahronoth reported that during the summer of 2007, 3,000 of the city’s 22,000 residents (comprised mostly of the city’s key upper and middle class residents) left for other areas, out of Qassam rocket range. Arcadi Gaydamak has in recent years supported relief programs for residents who cannot leave.[12] On December 12, 2007, after more than 20 rockets landed in the Sderot area in a single day, including a direct hit to one of the main avenues, Sderot mayor Eli Moyal announced his resignation, citing the government’s failure to halt the rocket attacks.[13] Moyal was persuaded to retract his resignation.

People living in fear every day sucks no matter which side you believe.

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Thanks, Yanko!

LitraCon, the Light Transmitting Concrete

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a long, long time ago (September 2008) when I first started JimOnLight.com I wrote about a product called LitraCon – or light transmitting concrete.  LitraCon is a concrete building product combining glass optical fibers and concrete – from the website:

Litracon™ is a combination of optical fibres and fine concrete. It can be produced as prefabricated building blocks and panels. Due to the small size of the fibres, they blend into concrete becoming a component of the material like small pieces of aggregate. In this manner, the result is not only two materials – glass in concrete – mixed, but a third, new material, which is homogeneous in its inner structure and on its main surfaces as well.

Since I wrote that initial article, Áron Losoncsi and LitraCon have been getting some press and have been incorporated into some realized projects. Áron Losoncsi’s product also had the honor of being on display at the AIA Center for Architecture in New York City, and had the opportunity to speak recently at the IncredibEurope Conference. Go, LitraCon!

Check out some images:

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Thanks for reminding me of this, Miles!

Light Transmitting Concrete

Say what?

That’s right, material with all of the same strength as concrete, but with embedded glass fibers to allow light to pass through it, giving silhouettes and other images of that nature.  An article over from the good folks at Optics.org spreads info about the substance called “LitraCon,” invented by Aron Losconczi.

“Thousands of optical glass fibers form a matrix and run parallel to each other between the two main surfaces of every block,” explained its inventor Áron Losonczi. “Shadows on the lighter side will appear with sharp outlines on the darker one. Even the colours remain the same. This special effect creates the general impression that the thickness and weight of a concrete wall will disappear.”

Losconczi is a 27 year old architect living and studying in Stockholm, Sweden.  His new company, affectionately called LitraCon, has been created to sell the product, and he hopes to begin selling prefab blocks of LitraCon later this year:

“In theory, a wall structure built out of the light-transmitting concrete can be a couple of meters thick as the fibers work without any loss in light up to 20 m,” explained Losonczi. “Load-bearing structures can also be built from the blocks as glass fibers do not have a negative effect on the well-known high compressive strength of concrete. The blocks can be produced in various sizes with embedded heat isolation too.”