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Solar panels are no longer just shiny boxes on roofs. With a new generation of solar cells capable of harnessing the energy from the sun through flexible, colored surfaces, there are now endless possibilities for solar innovation at the crossroads of design, engineering, and architecture. This innovation is on display in the exhibit, Sunny Memories, supported by EPFL+ECAL Lab and swissnex San Francisco and showing at the California College of the Arts' Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts from April 16 to 24, 2010.
Yves Béhar is founder of the San Francisco-based design studio, fuseproject. He is focused on humanistic design and the “giving” element of his profession. He aims to create projects that are deeply in-tune with the needs of a sustainable future, are connected with human emotions, and that enable self-expression. fuseproject designed the first $100 “XO” laptop for Nicholas Negroponteʼs One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), aimed at bringing education and technology to the world’s poorest children.
Béharʼs commercial projects set out to be equally impactful, as exemplified by the Herman Miller LEAF Lamp, the Aliph Jawbone and, most recently, Y Water. His work has been the subject of two solo exhibitions and resides in the permanent collections of international museums worldwide, including MoMA and the Musee d'Art Moderne/Pompidou Center.
A material science engineer from EPFL, Henchoz has worked as a professional journalist, news anchor, producer, and short film director since 2000. He also founded and directed ICAT, a branding, communication, and identity management company.
He currently shares his time between two positions: advisor and head of communications for the president of EPFL, and director of EPFL+ECAL Lab, which he founded in 2007. He also sits on multiple boards, teaches at EPFL, IDHEAP (Institut de hautes études en administration publique), and at the Journalism School of Lausanne. His book, Art of the Void, was published in 2004.
More on Sunny Memories
The Sunny Memories world tour began in 2009 with stops in Lausanne, Paris, London, and now San Francisco. It travels to New York and Boston next. The San Francisco stop also represents the first installment in a new series of exhibitions at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts called The Way Beyond Art.
Industrial production of the dye solar cells that inspired Sunny Memories is now up and running, and the three companies mass-producing the cells—Solaronix (Switzerland), G24Innovations (UK), and Dyesol (Australia)—provided direct support to the exhibit.
In addition to the guidance of the EPFL+ECAL Lab, a research center established in 2007 by EPFL in collaboration with ECAL, the young designers received direct support of the laboratory from professor Michael Graetzel, who earned a World Technology Award for the discovery. The project also received support from Geneva-based private bankers Lombard Odier, pioneers in responsible investment.