Precedent Critique 3

Lightswarm - Future Cities Lab

Lightswarm is an installation that uses sound sensors to lighten up a series of LED lights. When the sensors recognize noise, the lights turn on and travel through the installation in a series of different colors. The visualization is a representation of the noise that’s on the other side of the glass. Moreover, it works both ways as the interior and the exterior can trigger the interaction.

I find this project inspiring because the installation becomes a portal between the interior and exterior of the building. The glass becomes a semi-porous filter that captures sound and transforms it into something enjoyable rather than something annoying like honks and sirens. I find this connection between the interior and exterior of structures very interesting and somewhat unexplored territory. In the city this two worlds are parallel universes, but we have this sort of portals that connect both: doors, windows, balconies and rooftops. This project creates a different kind of portal that connects both universes in a different, creative way.

I also looked at some other projects by Future City Labs and I found it really smart and creative. I’m sure I’ll be drawing more inspiration from their work.


CC Lab: Arduino Assignment 1

For our CC Lab assignment we were asked to program our Arduino to turn on an LED when a button is pressed and turn it off when it is pressed once again. We learned how to use Debounce in this circuit.



The start of the MFADT program at Parsons is different from any other program. A month before classes start you are asked to attend a 3-week induction to the 3 different areas where the program revolves around. It's intense, challenging and fast, and it appropriately called Bootcamp.

Everyday we attended three classes: Web, Design and Code. In each one we looked at the basic concepts of that area and started to get familiar with the main coding languages used. In Web we studied website structures as well as HTML, CSS and Javascript languages. In Design we dived into the basic concepts of human-centered design and practiced rapid prototyping. In Code we learned how to use Processing and its language to give a computer commands and instructions to perform simple tasks.


In the following posts of this blog I'll be showcasing the final projects I created for each class. I'll also update this post with the links to the final projects posts.

Go Team Dragonite!
(This was my bootcamp section).