With a rich 50 year history behind it and a promising future ahead, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is definitely a hotbed for innovative and creative thoughts and ideas. To reflect this, the well known think tank recently commissioned a spectacular and complex light fixture centerpiece for their new Washington D.C. Headquarters. At first the 425 suspended lamps appear to be placed at random for dramatic effect, but when observed from directly below one sees that they have been elaborately arranged to form a low resolution, light map of the world. The map serves the unique purpose of displaying global data like GDP growth rates, energy consumption and renewable water resources in a unique and interactive format. Titled the Global Data Chandelier, the map can also be highlighted on the basis of international developments or events from within the building.
The one-of-a-kind map is suspended from the second storey of the Washington HQ and is the product of a collaboration between Sosolimited, Hypersonic Engineering & Design, Plebian Design, and Chris Parlato who is the Strategic Design Lead at The Meme.