March
27
LumeNet 2014 Workshop for PhD students

by Jens Christoffersen, VELUX Group

LumeNet 2014 is a workshop for PhD research students of the art and science of lighting. In line with previous events, such as the VELUX Daylight Academic Forum in Lausanne (2011) and Copenhagen (2013), the LumeNet workshop in Sheffield (2012), and the CIE PhD students and young researchers workshop in Paris (2013).

The LumeNet 2014 workshop in Berlin, Germany, at Technische Universität Berlin – will focus on providing time for review and discussions of research projects. As many as 30 individual PhD […]

March
24
INDOOR LIGHT AND VISUAL COMFORT WITH SOLAR CELLS IN GLASS FACADES

by Jakob Markvart, Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University, Denmark

The aim of this project was to demonstrate how the integrating transparent thin-film PV in glazed facades in building with large glass areas influences the users’ perception of the daylight in the room and the view to the outside. Panels with various patterns were constructed representing façade-inte­grated thin-film, both for collecting solar energy, to filter the daylight and reduce solar loads in the room. Four different dummy thin-film panels (see picture) were […]

March
19
DAYLIGHT-AWARD FOR THE ROLEX LEARNING CENTER IN LAUSANNE

by Jens Christoffersen, VELUX Group

Daylight-Award 2014

The Daylight-Award 2014 goes to Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa from SANAA Architects in Tokyo, who are also holders of the Pritzker prize. At the Rolex Learning Center, daylight plays a key role both inside and out. The Learning Center was built in 2010 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). The radical attempt to create an innovative educational setting turns the building into what is virtually a walk-in sculpture […]

A PORTRAIT OF THE LIGHT OF LA ROCHELLE

by Nicolas Roy, VELUX Group

As I’m looking forward to the IVA2014 projects, I cannot help but to think about this short film the students made in 2010 presenting a portrait of daylight in La Rochelle, a charming city located on the west coast of France. The film was captured by 23 students with different nationalities and cultural backgrounds, who were the winners and honourable mentions from the International VELUX Award 2010, and based on a concept by Louise Grønlund (winner, […]

March
17
ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIMENTS

by Ellen Kathrine Hansen, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIMENTS. Design with Knowledge (PHD – Thesis)

The vision of creating balance between the consumption and production of energy in our build environment has created ambitious energy targets and requirements in the building regulations, which has accelerated the development of new energy optimized technologies and components. This has increased the focus on quantitative values in the process of designing energy optimized buildings. There is a need to focus on […]

March
14
NEW NORDIC MSC IN LIGHTING DESIGN

by Ellen Kathrine Hansen, Ph.d. Programme Director, Aalborg University – Cph, Denmark

Lighting technology is undergoing a significant development – including new light sources, intelligent and interactive control of light and the use of interactive screens. To meet the new demands, the MSc in Lighting Design is a unique combination of the fields of media technology, architecture and science of light. Furthermore, it is founded in a special Danish and Nordic tradition of and sensibility to light in our built environment.

The Lighting […]

ARCOSANTI – AN URBAN LABORATORY

by Christoffer Rasmussen, Master student in Building Climate and Energy Engineering, DTU

Arcosanti is an urban laboratory focused on innovative design, community, and environmental accountability. The goal is to actively pursue lean alternatives to urban sprawl based on Paolo Soleri’s theory of compact city design, Arcology (architecture + ecology). Arcosanti is built by over 7,000 volunteers since the commencement of the project in 1970, and provides various mixed-use buildings and public spaces where people live, work, visit, and participate in educational and cultural […]

March
13
SIMPLE FRAMEWORK TO EVALUATE DAYLIGHT CONDITIONS IN URBAN BUILDINGS

by Anne Iversen, Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Development of a simple framework to evaluate the daylight conditions in urban buildings in the early stages of design (PHD – Thesis)

The thesis proposes a simple method to aid urban designers in the daylighting aspect of the decision-making process in the early stages of design when the outline of the city is defined. As input to this simple method, complex simulations of the urban canyon structure were made. Paper I reports on […]

Circadian House – Principles and guidelines for healthy homes
March
03
SUSTAINABILITY – ENERGY OPTIMIZATION – DAYLIGHT AND SOLAR GAINS

By Peter Andreas Sattrup Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Design and Conservation Institute of Architectural Technology, Denmark.

Sustainability – Energy Optimization – Daylight and Solar Gains (PhD thesis)

This thesis discusses how energy optimization focused on daylight and solar gains may be qualified as an architectural design method, which does not just increase the energy efficiency of the built environment, but may potentially increase its overall qualities by offering new insights into the complex interrelationships between urban and […]