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June 19, 2007

Lunar-resonant streetlights

diagram of lunar-resonant streetlights in action

Each year Metropolis magazine sponsors a competition to locate an up and coming young design firm. This year the magazine's competition was all about energy conservation, and the winner was a San Francisco-based design collective called Civil Twilight.

Their winning design is a clever innovation called lunar-resonant streetlights. They're streetlights that automatically dim throughout the month as the moon gets brighter. The scheme reduces streetlight energy use by more than 80%. All well and good. But the really great thing about it is how it brings the moon back into urban life.


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at June 19, 2007 11:45 PM