Deflect + Delight

On 104th Steet a lonely street lamp stands,

At this dreary site an illumiNITE is planned,

To enliven the night which once was bland.

Utilizing a combination of recycled mirrors and cardboard tubes, our design concept for illumiNITE requires NO additional light source and will harvest only the borrowed light from the lamppost located adjacent to the park on 104th Street.  This site-specific design explores the potential for an object with reflective properties to scavenge light from an ambient source and direct it to an alternate location – in this case, the park bench; therefore, demonstrating an environmentally sustainable approach to maximizing the lighting effect from this existing light source.  Additionally, the playful arrangement of the two mirrored art objects, one in the tree opposite the lamppost and the other located at the park bench, are able to reflect and animate the people and objects in the surrounding landscape, thus further extending the potential of the project to engage and delight.

Alexis Finlay is an Intern Architect at DIALOG, currently working towards her designation as a Registered Architect in Alberta. Alexis has worked on a variety of project types including single and multi-family residential housing, master-planning, mixed-use and institutional projects. Born in Edmonton, Alexis holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jewellery and Metals from the Alberta College of Design in Calgary, and a Master’s of Architecture degree from the University of Calgary.

Donna Clare, an architect, is a principal in DIALOG, a national multidisciplinary design firm. She is best known for her award-winning work in arts, culture and education including the Winspear Centre for Music, the TransAlta Arts Barns, Telus World of Science, the Royal Alberta Museum, St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College.  Clare was born in Alberta, educated at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto, and now lives in Edmonton.

Michael Corpuz, an intern architect, is an architectural designer in DIALOG, a national multidisciplinary design firm. He has worked on a variety of projects in the arts, culture and education sectors,   including Newman Theological College, St. Joseph Seminary, Royal Alberta Museum and the Shaw Conference Centre.  Michael was born in the Philippines, educated at NAIT and the University of Toronto, and now lives in Edmonton.

Umid Abdullaev joined DIALOG in 2010 as an industrial designer as a part of Edmonton Interior Design group. His main role in many projects has been assisting with detailed modeling, interior design and architectural visualizations. He has also been able to bring his industrial design education onto the table especially in numerous Interior Design projects such as MIC Terra Losa. My favourite part of design is creating details and thinking of fabrication process. Umid was born in Uzbekistan, and received his design education at the University of Alberta, and currently lives in Edmonton.