February
09
OPENING FOR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN LIGHTING DESIGN AT KTH

by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, […]

NEW PhD POSITION “HEALTHY LIGHTING DESIGN FOR SENSITIVE POPULATION GROUPS AT HIGH LATITUDES (NORWAY)”
January
17
A WORKSHOP FOR Ph.D. STUDENTS

by Jens Christoffersen, VELUX Group

LumeNet is a two-day research methods workshop for PhD students of lighting, colour, daylight and related subjects. LumeNet 2018 will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, 16/17 August 2018 to coincide tithe the CIE Expert Tutorial and Workshop on Research Methods for Human Factors In Lighting 13/14 August 2018.

LumeNet is a forum for discussing how we arrive at those conclusions, such as the intended experimental procedure, how this might be improved, and to identify important issues worthy of study. Ph.D. students […]

January
10
DOWNLOAD THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF LIGHTING RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL EDITION

by Jens Christoffersen, VELUX Group

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Lighting Research and Technology, all of the papers in the 50/1 Special Edition are free to download during January 2018. Furthermore, LRT has also made a selection of 27 classic papers free to download for the entirety of 2018.

Content of 50/1 Special edition:

Editorial: A look back and a view forward by Dr Geoffrey Cook
Lighting Research and Technology: Past, present and future by PR Boyce and DJ Carter
The what and the […]

December
05
UNESCO PROCLAIMS MAY 16TH AS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT

source: lightday.org

The 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference has today proclaimed the date of May 16th as the International Day of Light.  The proclamation of this annual International Day will enable global appreciation of the central role that light and light-based technologies play in the lives of the citizens of the world in areas of science, technology, culture, education, and sustainable development.  The International Day of Light is an enduring follow-up to UNESCO’s highly successful International Year of […]

November
13
LIGHT-DRIVEN MODEL FOR IDENTIFYING INDICATORS OF NON-VISUAL HEALTH POTENTIAL IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

PhD Thesis by Dr. María Lovísa Ámundadóttir, Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID), EPFL

This thesis introduces a new approach to characterize and evaluate ocular light exposure based on the discovery of novel blue light-sensitive photoreceptors in the human eye. These photoreceptors are the primary mediators of ‘non-visual’ responses impacting human health, from resetting the circadian clock to directly alerting the brain. In recent years, studies have found that light at short-wavelengths is more effective than light at longer wavelengths […]

PERCEPTUAL DYNAMICS OF DAYLIGHT IN ARCHITECTURE

PhD Thesis by Dr. Siobhan Rockcastle, Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID), EPFL

In our experience of daylit architecture, our visual perception is greatly impacted by the ephemeral and inherently dynamic conditions of the surrounding environment. Driven by changes in sky type, time-of-day, and time-of-year, these variable conditions can alter our impressions and appraisal of indoor space. Daylight, including both direct sunlight and indirect skylight, drives a powerful range of perceptual phenomena, which transform structured geometry into a time lapse […]

12TH ANNUAL SALK INSTITUTE, IPSEN FONDATION, AND SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM ON BIOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY

On January 22-24, 2018

Daily, lunar or seasonal cycles are biological phenomena such as leaf movements, sleep, metabolic cycles, animal migrations which emanate from endogenous biological clocks. They share common features including temporal modulation of gene expression programs that govern rhythmic physiological processes. This symposium is designed to facilitate learning about the molecular nature and mechanisms of biological clocks and how they modulate the daily rhythms of cellular and organismal biology.

Abstract submission deadline November 27, 2017.

Registration deadline January 03, 2018.

More information about […]

November
06
CALL FOR EXTENDED ABSTRACTS PLEA 2018 IN HONG-KONG

source plea2018.org

PLEA stands for “Passive and Low Energy Architecture”, a commitment to the development, documentation and diffusion of the principles of bioclimatic design and the application of natural and innovative techniques for sustainable architecture and urban design.

PLEA is a renowned, highly regarded international annual conference to discuss and promote the development of bioclimatic design and the application of natural and innovation techniques for sustainable architecture and design. PLEA pursues its objectives through international conferences and workshops; expert group meetings and consultancies; […]

November
01
CIE WORKSHOP ON RESEARCH METHODS FOR HUMAN FACTORS IN LIGHTING

by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

The CIE Expert Tutorial and Workshops on Research Methods for Human Factors in Lighting will be a forum for discussion and advancement of best practices in lighting research. Expert tutorials by invited speakers will cover topics addressing the key elements of research methods, and workshops will offer structured discussions about real research problems and their resolution. Content will emphasize all stages of the research process, from conceptualization through dissemination. Research involving human participants will be prominent, but the […]

October
20
LUMENET 2018 – WORKSHOP FOR PHD STUDENTS IN COPENHAGEN 16-17 AUGUST

by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

LumeNet is a research methods workshop for PhD students of lighting, colour, daylight and related subjects.

Conferences usually want to hear about your important findings: LumeNet is a forum for discussing how you arrive at those conclusions, such as the experimental procedure you intend to use, how this might be improved, and to identify important issues worthy of study. You will therefore be invited to present your research in order to gain critical feedback – the schedule […]

CALL FOR PAPERS ON LIGHTING RESEARCH METHODS

by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

Are you concerned that we need strong evidence for the effects of light to support application recommendations and standards? Do you have insight into the best ways—or new methods—to investigate the effects of light on people, plants, or animals?

Then, consider submitting a manuscript to the LEUKOS Special Issue on Lighting Research Methods.

LEUKOS is a source of solid research knowledge, and we want to see more of it. This special issue will promote exceptional research in applied lighting by collecting […]

October
19
VR EXPERIENCE – SDU FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

by the VELUX Group & C.F. Møller Architects

The Technical Faculty (Faculty of Engineering) is part of the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, and constitutes a shared research and education environment for four different institutes.

Use the YouTube app on your mobile phone to watch the video in VR.

The building is designed as one big envelope consisting of 5 houses connected by bridges at multiple levels crossing the heart of the house, a “piece of furniture” containing common functions and meeting-rooms, […]

STEVEN HOLL INTERVIEW

posted by the VELUX Group | Image by Mark Heitoff

Steven Holl is one of the great contemporary architects. With a career spanning over 40 years, Holl has produced a body of work that has seen his consistent and considered approach to architecture develop into a unique signature style. Although this style is comprised of many different aspects, none is more synonymous than his unparalleled mastery over daylight.

In honor of Holl’s work, he was awarded The Daylight Award 2016 for Daylight in […]

RENOVATION: A VITAL STRATEGY TO BOOST GROWTH, IMPROVE HEALTH AND DELIVER ON OUR CLIMATE COMMITMENTS

by the VELUX Group

In his introduction, Maroš Šefčovič (Vice-President, Energy Union European Commission) mentions that The Healthy Homes Barometer 2017 reminds us that buildings are intended to create a healthy home for citizens. But it is alarming to read that one out of six Europeans reports living in an unhealthy building.

The Barometer also shows that improvement of the building stock through renovation can have a major impact on our health and well-being, and it offers solutions to some of our […]

October
18
GREEN OASIS – OFFICE BUILDING IN HAELEN

Photography: Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks | Collages and handwritten notes: Daniel Blaufuks

Everyone was to profit when the mechanical engineering company Geelen Counterflow decided to expand its headquarters with a new office building in the industrial area of Haelen. Here, 50 new workstations were created for the office staff, the workers from the adjacent factory hall acquired new changing rooms and the workforce as a whole was given a new canteen. The emphasis in each case was on very high […]

WHERE IDEAS FLOURISH – STORAGE SHED CONVERSION IN TILBURG

Photography: Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks | Collages and handwritten notes: Daniel Blaufuks

The light-filled brick building near Tilburg Railway station, where employees of an IT company work and the “de Houtloods” restaurant caters for its guests, was originally erected as a storage shed for timber by the Dutch National Railway. For 150 years, it was closed to the public, as was the entire surrounding area. This did not change until a few years ago, when the city bought up the […]

RESURRECTED FROM THE RUINS – TERRACED HOUSES IN SESTO SAN GIOVANNI

Photography: Adam Mørk and Daniel Blaufuks | Collages and handwritten notes: Daniel Blaufuks

Architects Gino Guarnieri and Roberto Mascazzini have erected a chameleonlike terrace of houses in Milan’s northeastern suburb of Sesto San Giovanni. Gabions cover the majority of the facades and roof whereas on the north and south sides of each home, a broad strip of copper sheeting stretches from the building’s base upwards beyond the gutter line. Windows seem almost entirely absent at first glance, with the exception of […]

October
16
HEALTH MATTERS: BEYOND INDOOR COMFORT

by Peter Holzer | Photography by Ola Bergengren | Set design by Iwa Herdensjö

For decades, our buildings have been designed for optimal thermal, acoustic and visual comfort. But does this make them healthier for our species, which, after all, has evolved outdoors for tens of thousands of generations? Taken seriously, the design of healthy buildings calls into question many established standards and parameters in building design, from indoor temperature levels to how much – and what kind of – light […]

SEEING LIGHT – UNDERSTANDING LIFE

by Jakob Schoof | Photography by Ola Bergengren | Set design by Iwa Herdensjö

It was around 1665 that Isaac Newton, then still a young student at Cambridge University, performed his first experiments with glass prisms and the sunlight entering his studio. Through his observations, he found not only that white is the sum of all colours, but also that a ray of white light can be broken down into its constituent components. Many natural phenomena, from the rainbow to the fact […]

October
04
DESIGNED FOR ALL SENSES: THE ARCHITECTURE OF STEVEN HOLL

by Jakob Schoof | Photography by Gregory Halpern | Watercolours by Steven Holl

In November 2016, Steven Holl received The Daylight Award for Daylight in Architecture. Holl’s ability to orchestrate rooms with light is unparalleled; the emotional intensity of his rooms and buildings is impressive. Their special quality arises from his method of working; he deliberately keeps his office small, prefers to draft his initial designs using a watercolour pad and gets his inspirations from music, philosophy and literature.

Expansion of the Museum […]

UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN RESPONSE TO DAYLIGHT

by Jakob Schoof | Photography by Rasmus Norlander

Marilyne Andersen is currently rated one of the world’s leading daylighting experts. Together with her research team at the EPFL in Lausanne, the physicist has devoted much of her work to studying how natural light affects humans and how this intensely dynamic interaction can be better incorporated into the designs of buildings. In November 2016, Marilyne Andersen received The Daylight Award for Daylight Research for her work in this field.

Daylighting design is an […]

ARCHITECTURE AS TEAMWORK

by Jakob Schoof

Architecture is created at the intersection of science and art. The closer the links between these two domains, the more likely it is that buildings will achieve a maximum for their users with just a minimum of resources. Yet who are the ‘builders of bridges’ between science and the art of building, and how do they approach their task? On the recommendation of Marilyne Andersen and Steven Holl, five experts from different disciplines talk about their experiences.

Suspended Light […]

September
15
KEY LEARNINGS ABOUT DAYLIGHT PERFORMANCE IN A DEMONSTRATION BUILDING AND POTENTIAL OUTCOMES

by Jens Christoffersen and Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group | Photography by Adam Mørk

It is well acknowledged that daylight is vital for human health, but do we see the quality of our homes as an important parameter to our own health? And do we know what are the potential benefits of having good daylight conditions at home?

This article presents findings on the effects of daylight in a demonstration building project, Maison Air et Lumière, located south of Paris in France. It […]

June
29
ENGAGEMENT AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING IN SCIENTIFIC FORUMS

by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

With 90% of today’s buildings probably still in use by 2050 and 75% of Europe’s buildings being energy inefficient, the building sector is one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters. Is this the whole problem? Unfortunately not.

Today, one out of six Europeans reports living in unhealthy buildings, characterised by damp, a lack of daylight, inadequate heating in winter or overheating problems during summer. That is why we are committed to find new ways of planning buildings […]