Animating the City with LEDs
For cities to succeed environmentally, they also need to be fun, right? Sprawl is dying and cities are the answer, but to finish the job one of our tasks must be to create exciting urban environments, in part by animating the public realm. Our friends at the Project for Public Spaces have built a wonderful portfolio of work around the concept.
A performance group has now taken it to a new and highly animated level, as you can see in this quite amazing video by filmmaker Frank Sauer. The video is called Light Emitting Dudes, and It’s kind of cool that they did it with LEDs (light-emitting diodes), an energy-efficient form of illumination with the potential eventually to be carbon-negative, producing more energy than it consumes. But that’s down the road. For the purpose of this post, let’s just focus on a different kind of energy, produced by “freerunners” in Bangkok.
Do yourself a favor and just watch it. That is all:
- Animating the street with astonishing music (October 10, 2011)
- Building community by painting the town with street art (July 5, 2012)
- Terrific short video on arts-driven placemaking (June 15, 2012)
- The role of the arts in thriving communities (July 28, 2011)
- Amazing street art that enlivens cities (August 27, 2010)
- Fun short video gives new meaning to 'market transformation' (April 2, 2010)
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Kaid Benfield writes about community, development, and the environment on Switchboard and in the national media. For more posts, see his blog's home page. Please also visit NRDC’s sustainable communities video channels.
Senior counsel for environmental strategies, PlaceMakers LLC; senior adviser, Natural Resources Defense Council; co-founder, LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system; co-founder, Smart Growth America coalition; author, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities (2014); one of the "top urban thinkers" on Planetizen.com and named one of "the most influential people ...