Amazing Cathedral Made From 55,000 LEDs Rises at Belgium’s Festival of Lights | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

by Timon Singh


Talk about seeing the light! Made up of over 55,000 colored LED lights, the Luminarie Cagna is a massive cathedral that will be on display at the second annual Festival of Lights in Ghent, Belgium. More than 200,000 visitors are expected to visit the town from January 26th to the 29th as the city is illuminated by dazzling light shows and other LED spectacles.

The eye-catching structure will be a stand out out in the town and is the work of Luminarie De Cagna, an Italian family business. During local festive occassions, the company would light up buildings with oil and carbide lamps, but most likely due to the high fire risk, this was soon switched to electric lights. Today, only LEDs are used for set pieces and they are joined together to make massive curtains of light that can be draped over buildings. This allows whole sections of the town to be lit up.

The LED Cathedral was designed with Romanesque and Renaissance architecture in mind and at its zenith, it stands an impressive 28m high. Unsurprisingly, the cathedral has already been drawing large crowds to Belfortstraat like moths to a flame. You also need not worry about the amount of energy being used, as despite being made from 55,000 LEDs, it only consumes 20Kwh of electricity. If you live in the region and are thinking of attending, then you’ll be happy to hear that the light festival’s theme is ‘Happiness’, which is not a coincidence since 2012 is the Maeterlinck Year in Ghent.

+ Festival of Lights

vía Amazing Cathedral Made From 55,000 LEDs Rises at Belgium’s Festival of Lights | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.

(El artículo original incluye foto galería)

Light Festival Ghent 2012: A Cathedral of 55,000 LED Lights!/arquitectonico/status/176362034206740481

Autopano blog » Blog Archive » A 360° virtual tour in 3D using Autopano Giga and Panotour Pro, by Alain Hamblenne

Liège-Guillemins 360º & 3D by Alain Hamblenne - Autopano blog
Liège-Guillemins 360º & 3D by Alain Hamblenne – Autopano blog

Alain Hamblenne, an independent graphic designer and teacher of visual communication and panoramic photography at the École Supérieure d’Infographie (Haute École Albert Jacquard) of Namur (Belgium), has just created a stunning 360° virtual tour in 3D and in high definition of the Liège-Guillemins train station (red/blue filter glasses needed).

This station, imagined by architect Santiago Calatrava (who also conceived the impressive Opera of Valencia (Spain) and the Lyon Saint-Exupéry train station) is perfectly suitable for this kind of exercise: the architectural lines and the station furniture make the 3D view really gripping.

vía Autopano blog » Blog Archive » A 360° virtual tour in 3D using Autopano Giga and Panotour Pro, by Alain Hamblenne.

The Liège-Guillemins Railway Station in 3D

Get your red and cyan glasses ! This is a new full spheric 3D anaglyphical VR panorama. Enjoy ! 😉

eCAADe Submission of abstracts is open now

Agradecemos a la SIGraDi esta oportuna informacion – convocatoria:

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS / PAPERS – eCAADe 08 – abstracts due Feb 01, 2008
eCAADe 2008: The 26th Annual Conference of Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Theme: Architecture ‘in computero’: practice, methods and techniques
Dates: September 17-20, 2008
Hosts: The University College of Antwerpen, College of Design Sciences,
The Higher Institute of Architectural Sciences, Henry van de Velde
For more than 25 years CAAD has been available and more and more successfully used in research and commercial Architectural practice.
In education, which by definition should prepare students for the future, the constantly evolving CAAD metaphor is provoking a challenge to cope with the ever expanding scope of related topics. It is not surprising that this has lead to differing opinions as to how CAAD should be taught. Questions such as how advanced research results can be incorporated in teaching, or if the Internet is provoking self-education by students, are in striking contrast with the more fundamental issues such as the discussion on analogue versus digital design methods. Is CAAD a part of design teaching or is it its logical
successor in a global E-topia? The integration of CAAD education in the wider field of research and design topics will make it at least greater than the sum of its parts and could be the key to boosting CAAD for the future.

Although the E of education is a prominent factor in the raison d’être of the organisation, the eCAADe is open to all other relevant contributions in the area of computer aided architectural design such as:
CAAD Curriculum
City Modelling
Collaborative Design
Digital Aids to Design Creativity
Digital Applications in Construction
Generative Design
Human-Computer Interaction
Mass Customization
Modes of ProductionPervasive Computing
Precedence and Prototypes
Prediction and Evaluation
Research, Education and Practice
Shape Studies
User Participation in Design
Virtual Architecture
Virtual Reality
Web-Based DesignImportant Dates:
Call for papers: October 1, 2007
Reminder call for papers: December 1, 2008
Deadline for abstracts: February 1, 2008
Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2008
Deadline for full papers: June 1, 2008
Conference: September 17-20, 2008
Antwerp (Belgium)
The Higher Institute of Architectural Sciences, Henry van de Velde is located in the historical buildings of the Royal Academy of Fine Art. The bond with fine arts, established since the founding of the Academy in 1662, is still in place.
Located in the historical centre of Antwerp, the venue is within walking distance (10 to 15 min.) from a variety of hotels, restaurants, cultural and modern buildings of historical and architectural interest. In the south of the city a thriving day and nightlife has emerged around the now filled southern docks. Of special interest are the warehouses (shops, art, bars and good food) and award winning buildings. The recently finished “Court of Justice” (Richard Rogers Partnership / VKStudio / Ove Arup & Partners) is already considered as an icon of the city. To the north we are eagerly awaiting the completion of the MAS, Museum at the River Scheld (Neutelings Riedijk Architecten) and the “Lange Wapper” bridge spanning a large part of the northern dockyards. Antwerp is also known for its complete intact “art deco” district “Zurenborg” and some marvels of modernistic buildings.
Antwerp is directly connected by fast trains, flights and highways to all European capitals. (see further information about travel – details at our website)
Please don’t hesitate to contact the conference organizers with any questions: or via one of the following email addresses:
for general questions: or
for accommodation, travel and other international matters:
for organisational matters:
for financial matters (except accommodation, travel):
On behalf of the organization committee, welcome to Antwerpen, BelgiumSubmission of abstracts is open now Muylle
A %d blogueros les gusta esto: