Daylighting, or more generally lighting, is one of the fundamental components of architecture. Not only is it the key element in revealing built volumes and contributing character to a space, it must also adequately respond to our needs for visual comfort and for a healthy environment.
The theme of this module will be an exploration of ĎThe Lives of Spacesí through light and shadow. More particularly, change and space as daylight moves through its kaleidoscopic range of colour and intensity. The course will provide the knowledge and tools necessary for the exploration and assessment of daylighting issues in architectural design supported by case studies. Daylight is introduced in an architectural context together with a range of supporting topics with emphasis on their relevance to design decisions. Lecture topics will include:
- Atmosphere, weather and daylight
- Photometric and colorimetric concepts and mensuration
- Solar and sky radiation and geometry
- Daylight measurement
- Daylight dynamics
- Vision and perception
- Visual comfort
- Photometry of opaque, translucent and transparent materials
- Daylight design strategies
- Innovative glazing, shading/deflecting technologies and advanced controlAn important element of the module will be the project. This will allow students to select a space intimately known to them and explore it in a way they have not done before. Principles learnt through the lectures and tutorials will be applied in the project and recorded visually. An ability to measure light levels (Luminance and Illuminance) through the use of light meters would be advantageous so that both quality and quantity can be explored together.