News and Updates About the Project

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on October 25, 2016

Youth Media Videos – Schenectady

Just in time for the Schenectady City Weekend events, Breathing Lights is thrilled to present three videos created by youth and media mentors from Schenectady’s Told By Us Productions (at Proctors), led by the talented Prince Spauve. We were blown away by the talent of these young adults. These videos will premier at the  Schenectady Community Party on […]

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on October 20, 2016

Getting Kids Pumped about Public Space

This Saturday, October 22nd, Project Director Judie Gilmore will present Breathing Lights to 6th, 7th and 8th graders from schools around the extended Capital Region who are learning engineering skills as they work in a team with their teacher and engineering mentor to design, build, and present their city of the future. The Future City […]

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on October 11, 2016

How do the lights breathe?

The technology behind Breathing Lights is simple. Off-the-shelf LED light strips, chosen for color value and intensity, are wired to a control panel that includes a programmable Arduino board, a simple timer, and an amplifier. Arduino is an inexpensive, open-source electronics board and software program designed to make electronics more accessible to artists, designers, hobbyists, […]

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on September 22, 2016

1,500 Frames. 1 Partner: The SEAT Center

Who was going to fabricate 1,500 frames for Breathing Lights? This was the question we asked ourselves this spring when we realized what a monumental task was ahead of us. Enter The SEAT Center. SEAT is short for “Social Enterprise and Training” and is the new home of YouthBuild Schenectady. Their mission is to provide […]

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on September 13, 2016

Installation Nearly Complete

Hundreds of vacant buildings now installed. 1,500 windows and 1,500 handmade frames. Four crews – three contracting crews, one battery installation/swap crew. Two fabrication shops – one for frames, one for control panels. Today we have reached a project milestone with almost 90% of our installation in vacant buildings complete. Right now, the lights lay dormant […]

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on September 13, 2016

Schenectady Residents Connect Through Art Workshops

This spring and summer, one of our community hubs, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady, hosted a series of three art workshops at the Craig Street Clubhouse in Hamilton Hill called “Brighten the Corner Where You Are Through Breathing Lights.” At each session, one of two local artists (including Nancy Bowman, left) helped residents and special […]

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on September 13, 2016

BUILT Call for Art – Deadline Sept. 23rd

Historic Albany Foundation is seeking original artwork inspired by the architecture of Albany, Schenectady and Troy. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 23rd at 5:00pm. This year, the opportunity has been extended to include entries inspired by all three Breathing Lights’ cities, Albany, Schenectady and Troy. Visit BUILT submission website for details and instructions. […]

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on August 25, 2016

Architect’s Perspective: Problem Solving + Design

By Barbara Nelson: I have always loved cities – the density, the motion, the mix of people and purposes. As an architect my business is buildings, but I am perhaps more interested in how people use the public space that forms among and between buildings. From village to metropolis, public space is where we come […]

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on August 25, 2016

GE Volunteers Join Our Assembly Line & Offer Advice

In July a set of eight volunteers from GE’s Global Research Center joined youth at Schenectady’s Social Enterprise and Training (SEAT) Center in assembling frames to be installed this fall in Breathing Lights houses. The GE employees are members of the Edison Engineering Development Program, an early career accelerator that recruits young engineers from around […]

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on August 19, 2016

Guest Post – Fixing the Cycle of Blight

By Meghan Cook at UAlbany’s Center for Technology in Government:   Urban Blight is a challenge that cities throughout the world deal with every day. Scholars and experts define it in numerous ways but essentially, you know it when you see it. Blighted and vacant properties consume seemingly endless resources, depress market values, and can affect […]

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