by the VELUX Group
Reserve your seat today for the 6th VELUX Daylight Symposium taking place in London on 2-3 September 2015. The participation fee is set to 400€ (200€ for students) covering the two days programme, as well as a symposium dinner and lunches. There is a maximum number of participants set to 350 and we therefore advise an early registration. Click on the link below to access the registration site.
The 6th VELUX Daylight Symposium will be held at Tobacco Dock in London […]
by Russell G. Foster | illustrations by Ulrika Nilsson Carlsson
Over the last one and a half centuries, artificial light and the restructuring of working times have seemingly ‘liberated’ us from the diurnal cycles of light and dark that nature imparts on us. Yet recent research has shown that this separation from nature comes at a considerable cost, causing health and social problems. A reconnection to the rhythms of nature is therefore needed – and this will also have a profound […]
by Jakob Schoof, Editor of Daylight & Architecture
In surveys and polls, climate protection and preservation of the environment are repeatedly referred to as important issues. But the successes achieved up to now are relatively modest. This will not change until people arrive at the insight that it is ourselves that are the main concern, not kilowatt hours and tons of carbon. Nature is not something that needs protection far removed from civilisation; it is the basis of all our lives, […]
By Deborah Burnett, ASID, CMG, LGC, AASM – BENYA BURNETT CONSULTANCY, USA
Science is beginning to explore the concept that aging is not a measure of time but rather an accumulation of naturally occurring periods of light and dark. Noticeable life passage points such as the emergence of our developing genitals, decreasing visual acuity marking entry into middle age, and getting up to pee several times throughout the night, are now becoming understood to be related to the passage of time noted by ambient conditions of seasonality […]
by the VELUX Group
The theme of our next symposium will be “Daylight as a driver of change” and will focus specifically on the challenges faced by today’s 24/7 society; how we live our lives with more than 90% of our daily routines happening indoors, and how it affects our synchronization to nature. How can we ensure that our modern lifestyle is in balance with nature’s daily and seasonal cycles? How can spaces and occupants adapt to changing daily and seasonal […]
by the VELUX Group
2015 has been proclaimed International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies by the United Nations. International Year of Light is a global initiative highlighting the importance of light to our lives, our future and the development of society. The VELUX Group has joined the important initiative as associate partner in a consortium of scientific bodies and companies together with UNESCO.
On 19 January 2015, International Year of Light opened at a ceremony in Paris at the UNESCO Headquarter […]
by Carina Skovmøller, VELUX Group
Today, 1.2 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. To mark VELUX 75th anniversary of bringing daylight and fresh air into people’s homes, the VELUX Group is enhancing its social focus on the world’s off-grid areas.
To address this issue and the need for sustainable light that benefits off-grid communities, the VELUX Group has partnered with Little Sun, a social business founded by world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen. Together, the two companies will […]
by Deborah Burnett, ASID, CMG, LGC, AASM – BENYA BURNETT CONSULTANCY, USA
Daylight is visible radiant energy organized into wavelength bands of varying power densities. Although appearing similar, artificial or electric light may come close to replicating the light but it still is missing key components of natural light, thus, the quality of the light is inferior when it comes to providing for our human biological need. The dynamic bands of energy (represented by color bands in the illustrations below) are naturally aligned […]