May
31
RAISE THE ORDINARY TO THE EXTRAORDINARY

by Will Bruder, FAIA, Architect in Phoenix

We often speak about daylight as a generic phenomenon rather than as a specific phenomenon tied to specific place and season.  Many of my design colleagues work to amplify daylight’s seasonal scarcity at the latitude they build in while for our desert work daylight’s abundance is the challenge, its modest use the imperative. In any locale I see daylight as a dynamic sculptural material to be used to enliven space and enhance our experience […]

NEW EYES ON EXISTING BUILDINGS

by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

20 speeches were given and research findings in the field of daylight were presented, challenged and discussed by researchers, architects lighting designers and policy makers at the 5th VELUX Daylight Symposium in Copenhagen on 15-16 May 2013.

Presentations and audio recordings from the event are now available for download in the Events section under the Presentation page.

May
21
MOMENTS IN ARCHITECTURE GENERATED BY LIGHT

by Anna Zagorec, Specialist in architecture and space planning

*Based on photos of architecture made during a stay in Portugal.

The buildings in Portugal are designed with great respect for the natural factors acting on the visual representation of the form, as good design is very much according to the typology. Thanks to this phenomena, architects can treat light as a factor creating moments in architecture.

Using the potential of daylight in architectural creation gives possibilities to forming shapes and bringing them to […]

ELECTRICAL LIGHTING PROFESSIONALS AND DAYLIGHT KNOWLEDGE

by Wout van Bommel, Van Bommel Lighting Consultant

Lighting professionals normally working with electrical light need to have more knowledge of daylight behavior and its influence on the comfort and wellbeing of office and factory workers. Intelligent systems that link daylight with electricl light are already a long time available. They can contribute considerably to energy efficiency and have a positive influence on the final effect of lighting in a building. Design of these systems can only be done with a satisfying […]

May
17
NEW HASHTAG FOR DAYLIGHT COMMUNITY ON TWITTER #daylightTALK

by Thomas Overholt Hansen, VELUX Group

The 5th VELUX Daylight Symposium had a lot of great moments. A lot of which was documented by some of the participants via twitter. In the welcoming speech of the symposium Per Arnold Andersen of the VELUX Group introduced #DaylightTalk as the hashtag to be used on social media whenever daylight is the discussion topic. The hashtag was quickly adopted by the participants and used frequently throughout the symposium.

But using twitter as a way of spreading […]

DAYLIGHTING DESIGN IN WARM CLIMATES WITH BRIGHT SKIES
DAYLIGHTING INITIATIVES IN BRAZIL

by Paulo Scarazzato, Prof. Dr. University of São Paulo and University of Campinas

In recent years, Brazil has experienced an interest growth on questions related to daylighting. Currently, five public Brazilian universities are engaged in a research supported by Eletrobras, a mixed economy and open capital stock corporation, with have the Brazilian Federal government as the majority stockholder. Such research is investigating several aspects of daylighting in buildings, in order to serve as basis for future recommended practices or standards. Another initiative […]

May
14
WE ARE DWARFS ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

by the VELUX Group

“We are dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants”. This quote by Isaac Newton expresses the fact that each generation builds on the intellectual and material legacy of preceding eras. This is also the case in our cities, where the annual rate of new builds is less than 1%, and more than 65% of all buildings are more than 30 years old. We profit from this gigantic treasure of buildings and infrastructure while facing the challenge of […]

DAYLIGHTING AT THE CROSSROADS
May
13
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING THROUGH RESIDENTIAL WINDOWS

by Dr. Jennifer Veitch, Senior Research Officer at National Research Council of Canada

Interest in daylighting and lighting design has never been higher since physiologists discovered a new type of cell in the human eye in 2001. These cells send information about light intensity to the brain centres responsible for controlling circadian rhythms to patterns of light and dark. This tells our bodies when to sleep (“It’s dark!”) and when to awaken (“It’s light!).

This discovery and related research led the Commission […]

WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO DESIGN A HEALING SPACE?

by Vellachi Ganesan, Lighting Designer with Arup Singapore

What does it really mean to design a healing space? Not a clinical or medical space, but a healing space. This is a question that we recently asked ourselves as we embarked on the design for a community project- the Child Recreation Centre at the new Mae Tao Clinic.

The Child Recreation Centre is a space for all the children at the clinic, whether they are patients or children of patients, to come together, […]

SPATIAL COLLAGE

by Joe Wu, Architect, Hong Kong

Collage is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

Spatial collage is based on spatial condition to create new possibilities by reorganization as a spatial generator. As painting of Cubism period artists trying see an object/ things by different angles, spatial collage also try see spaces by different angles to make a new whole. At the same time, it is to create new imagination of lighting conditions.

The experiment is a open […]

TIME TO KICKSTART A STRONGER DIALOGUE ON DAYLIGHT