LUX is knitted light, immersing visitors in a responsive glow of photo-luminescence. The project addresses the theme of "life" through its design process, which is informed and inspired by life through its adaptive architecture and transformative nature. LUX, a lightweight knitted canopy structure of responsive tubular and cellular components employs textiles, photo-luminescent, and solar active fibers that absorb, collect, and deliver light. It is a socially and environmentally responsive structure that is interactive and transformative. This environment offers spaces of respite, exchange, and engagement as the canopy filters light, casts dynamic shadows on the ground floor, and changes throughout the day. It is an open responsive system featuring digitally knitted lightweight, high-performing, formfitting, and adaptive materials. The concept is for a large canopy structure is composed of a gradient of knitted cells that emit light (glow) and transform the environment throughout the day. LUX is an experiment, taking risks through collaboration across disciplines to innovate architecture that is transformative, interactive, and socially engaging.
LUX was previously displayed as part of five-day international festival titled By the People in Washington DC to showcase the power of creativity to create connection.
Jenny E. Sabin is an architectural designer whose work is at the forefront of a new direction for 21st century architectural practice — one that investigates the intersections of architecture and science, and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures. Sabin is the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University where she established a new advanced research degree in Matter Design Computation. She is principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural design studio based in Ithaca and Director of the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell AAP, a trans-disciplinary design research lab with specialization in computational design, data visualization and digital fabrication.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally including in the acclaimed 9th ArchiLab titled Naturalizing Architecture at FRAC Centre, Orleans, France and most recently as part of Beauty, the 5th Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. Recently, her work was on view in the exhibition, Imprimer Le Monde at the Centre Pompidou. Her work has been published extensively including in the NY Times, The Architectural Review, Azure, A+U, Metropolis, Mark Magazine, 306090, American Journal of Pathology, Science and Wired Magazine. She co-authored Meander, Variegating Architecture with Ferda Kolatan, 2010. Her book titled LabStudio: Design Research Between Architecture and Biology co-authored with Peter Lloyd Jones was published in July 2017. Last year, Sabin won the internationally acclaimed MoMA & MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program with her submission, Lumen.