The Architecture of Natural Light

Author: Henry Plummer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500290361

Category: Light in architecture

Page: 256

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This new paperback, is the first publication to consider the many effects of natural illumination in contemporary buildings. This comprehensive and thoughtful survey begins with a brief introduction to the history of architecture, seen through the advances and experimentation put forward by architects over the centuries.
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The Architecture of Light

Recent Approaches to Designing with Natural Light

Author: Mary Ann Steane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135655952

Category: Architecture

Page: 256

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Reviewing the use of natural light by architects in the era of electricity, this book aims to show that natural light not only remains a potential source of order in architecture, but that natural lighting strategies impose a usefully creative discipline on design. Considering an approach to environmental context that sees light as a critical aspect of place, this book explores current attitudes to natural light by offering a series of in-depth studies of recent projects and the particular lighting issues they have addressed. It gives a more nuanced appraisal of these lighting strategies by setting them within their broader topographic, climatic and cultural contexts.
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Daylighting

Author: Derek Phillips

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113641200X

Category: Architecture

Page: 240

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Daylighting offers a general theory and introduction to the use of natural light in architecture. The fourth of Derek Phillip's lighting books draws on his experience to illustrate how best to bring natural light into building design. As sustainability becomes a core principal for designers, daylighting comes to the fore as an alternative to artificial, energy consuming, light. Here, Phillips makes a rational argument for considering daylight first, outlining the arguments in favour of a daylight approach, and goes on to show, through a series of beautifully illustrated case studies, how architects have created buildings in which natural light has been shown to play a major strategic role in the development of the design of a building.
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Illuminating

Natural Light in Residential Architecture

Author: Michelle Corrodi,Klaus Spechtenhauser

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3038216410

Category: Architecture

Page: 232

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The image of open working and living spaces flooded with light has, more than any other, become fixed in our minds as a symbol of modernity and the spirit of the times. While the workplace has always been the focus of ergonomic studies and optimization with respect to a good provision of daylight, large glass surfaces have now become the order of the day for living spaces as well. But does this automatically make for better illumination? Taking this question as its starting point, the publication Illuminating thematizes central aspects of light planning, including the connection between the provision of daylight and architectural design, building orientation, the nature of the facade, the ground plan, comfort, and the proportions and atmosphere of rooms. In the process, general characteristics and fundamental principles as well as subtle facets of an intelligent treatment of daylight are discussed and critically examined within an expanded architecture- and culture-historical context.
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Architecture and Light

Basic Principles for Designing with Daylight

Author: Fabio Capanni

Publisher: LetteraVentidue

ISBN: 9788862422154

Category: Architecture

Page: 80

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Light is the soul of space, a breath that runs through it and gives it life. It chases the shadows relentlessly in a ritual that makes the passing of time visible. Architecture is, above all else, the implementation of this ritual, which ignites the dialectic between the immobility of space and the dynamic action of light, between the finiteness of the dimensions and the incommensurability of the natural element, and between the concreteness of the material and the abstraction of the vacuum. Architecture and Light attempts to outline some basic principles that govern the relationship between daylight and architectural space to place it at the centre of the architect s work.
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Light in Engineering, Architecture and the Environment

Author: Konrad Domke,C. A. Brebbia

Publisher: WIT Press

ISBN: 1845645502

Category: Architecture

Page: 249

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The Wessex Institute of Technology has for years been convening conferences on sustainable architecture and planning, design in nature, heritage architecture, and environmental health. With the growing importance of lighting in the creation of better, healthier environments, the enhancement of heritage architecture, and the recovery of urban areas, as well as new developments in more sustainable lighting it became clear that a conference focusing on lighting issues would be useful. This book contains the papers to be presented at the first International Conference on Lighting in Engineering, Architecture and the Environment, discussing the latest developments in a variety of topics related to light and illumination, from its engineering aspects to its use in art and architecture and the effect of light on living systems and human health. Ranging from discussions of technical issues regarding equipment design and light measurement to human perception of light and the effect of light on human health, the book will be of interest to architectures, planners, environmental health experts, and stage designers in academia, industry and government, as well as colleagues discussing the latest developments in a variety of topics related to light and illumination, from its engineering aspects to its use in art and architecture and the effect of light on living systems and human health.
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The Architecture of Art Museums

A Decade of Design: 2000 - 2010

Author: Ronnie Self

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317812751

Category: Architecture

Page: 308

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As a building type, art museums are unparalleled for the opportunities they provide for architectural investigation and experimentation. They are frequently key components of urban revitalization and often push the limits of building technology. Art museums are places of pleasure, education and contemplation. They are remarkable by their prominence and sheer quantity, and their lessons are useful for all architects and for all building types. This book provides explicit and comprehensive coverage of the most important museums built in the first ten years of the 21st Century in the United States and Europe. By dissecting and analyzing each case, Ronnie Self allows the reader to get under the skin of each design and fully understand the process behind these remarkable buildings. Richly designed with full technical illustrations and sections the book includes the work of Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Peter Cook & Colin Fournier, Renzo Piano, Yoshi Taniguchi, Herzog & de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, Daniel Libeskind, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Steven Holl, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Bernard Tschumi, Sauerbruch Hutton, and Shigeru Ban & Jean de Gastines. Together these diverse projects provide a catalogue of design solutions for the contemporary museum and a snapshot of current architectural thought and culture. One of few books on this subject written by an architect, Self’s analysis thoroughly and critically appraises each project from multiple aspects and crucially takes the reader from concept to building. This is an essential book for any professional engaged in designing a museum.
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Stillness and Light

The Silent Eloquence of Shaker Architecture

Author: Henry Plummer

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 025300778X

Category: Architecture

Page: 152

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Shaker buildings have long been admired for their simplicity of design and sturdy craftsmanship, with form always following function. Over the years, their distinctive physical characteristics have invited as much study as imitation. Their clean, unadorned lines have been said to reflect core Shaker beliefs such as honesty, integrity, purity, and perfection. In this book, Henry Plummer focuses on the use of natural light in Shaker architecture, noting that Shaker builders manipulated light not only for practical reasons of illumination but also to sculpt a deliberately spiritual, visual presence within their space. Stillness and Light celebrates this subtly beautiful aspect of Shaker innovation and construction, captured in more than 100 stunning photographs.
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Made of light

the art of light and architecture

Author: Mark Major,Jonathan Speirs,Anthony Tischhauser

Publisher: Birkhauser

ISBN: 9783764368609

Category: Architecture

Page: 231

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Made of Light - the Art of Light and Architecture explores our illuminated world in a way that is both affecting and thought-provoking. Rather than addressing quantitive criteria, this book deliberately focuses on qualitative, ephemeral and abstract considerations and shows them to be an essential part of the relationship between light and built form. Made of Light is not intended to prescribe an approach; rather, it attempts to recognise that while we have our own, individual, subjective perception of light, there is also a dialogue to be had, through which this most exciting but elusive medium might be explored. Jonathan Speirs and Mark Major was well-established authorities on light. Taking their cues from the natural world, their approach - at the forefront of lighting design - is both invigorating and inspirational. Edited by Anthony Tischhauser, this book includes an interview with both architects, as well as vivid illustrations of their personal approach to an architecture that is Made of Light.
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