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Fall 2014




Light is the first thing that captures your eye after you are born and is often the last th ing you see before you fall asleep. Light makes humans, objects, spaces, architecture and everything we see around us visib le by its reflection. Everyday, people are confronted with light and shadow, two elements that are complementary. Daylight is a natu ral element that changes every minute, caused by the rotation of the earth around the sun. It informs us of days, time, seasons, which causes humans have to surrender to this. Architecture must adapt this element in its design process. Daylight creates a relationship between inside space and outside space, through openings which are created by design. Glazing is the most important element in designing architecture to allow the inside spaces to communicate with the outside world and to provide the inside space with daylight. As Donald Nicholson-Smith states," The same room can be made to give ve ry different spatial impressions by the simple expedient of changing the size and location of its openings." Understanding the daylighting system of a building and analyzing its effects are the key to developing the right type of design.


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