The Architecture of Natural Light

Author: Henry Plummer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781580932400

Category: Architecture

Page: 255

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Considers the effects of natural light in contemporary architecture, discussing seven specific light qualities to reveal how they are used in a variety of structural disciplines, in a volume that includes case studies of buildings by some of the world's most influential architects.
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The Architecture of Light

Recent Approaches to Designing with Natural Light

Author: Mary Ann Steane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113565588X

Category: Architecture

Page: 246

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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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The Architecture of Natural Cooling

Author: Brian Ford,Rosa Schiano-Phan,Juan A. Vallejo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351809997

Category: Architecture

Page: 280

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Overheating in buildings is commonplace. This book describes how we can keep cool without conventional air-conditioning: improving comfort and productivity while reducing energy costs and carbon emissions. It provides architects, engineers and policy makers with a ‘how-to’ guide to the application of natural cooling in new and existing buildings. It demonstrates, through reference to numerous examples, that natural cooling is viable in most climates around the world. This completely revised and expanded second edition includes: An overview of natural cooling past and present. Guidance on the principles and strategies that can be adopted. A review of the applicability of different strategies. Explanation of simplified tools for performance assessment. A review of components and controls. A detailed evaluation of case studies from the USA, Europe, India and China. This book is not just for the technical specialist, as it also provides a general grounding in how to avoid or minimise air-conditioning. Importantly, it demonstrates that understanding our environment, rather than fighting it, will help us to live sustainably in our rapidly warming world.
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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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The Architecture of Law Courts

Author: Jon Wallsgrove

Publisher: Paragon Publishing

ISBN: 1782227024

Category: Architecture

Page: 230

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The Architecture of Law Courts explains the history, development and function of law courts, illustrating nearly 100 court buildings with in depth studies of 37 new law courts of the 21st century, which between them have won nearly 50 national and international design awards. It is a guide for the judiciary and architects around the world on how to design excellent law courts, but is also a fascinating guide for anyone interested in architecture and in this rarely published group of public buildings.
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Nordic Light

Modern Scandinavian Architecture

Author: Henry Plummer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500342756

Category: Architecture

Page: 256

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This book celebrates established icons, newly discovered gems and contemporary masterworks that represent the highest expression of Scandinavian design and response to their environment. Fifty projects are featured in detail, ordered according to the way in which different light conditions have imparted particular qualities on the buildings. Henry Plummer treats his subject from a uniquely authoritative perspective in which his words resonate directly with his artfully taken images. Books that give a true sense of the magical light that have shaped great buildings are rare: this is a publication to savour. Nine chapters present established icons, newly discovered gems and contemporary masterworks, according to the way in which different light conditions have imparted particular qualities to buildings. Among the buildings featured are Arne Jacobsens town hall in Århus, Denmark, Alvar Aaltos Villa Mairea in Finland, Klas Anshelms Malmö Konsthall in Sweden, and many others. Each chapter features an introduction, which traces the nature, quality and cultural history of that aspect of light.
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The Architecture of Modern Italy

Visions of Utopia, 1900-Present -

Author: Terry Kirk,Princeton Architectural Press

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 9781568984360

Category: Architecture

Page: 280

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“Modern Italy”may sound like an oxymoron. For Western civilization,Italian culture represents the classical past and the continuity of canonical tradition,while modernity is understood in contrary terms of rupture and rapid innovation. Charting the evolution of a culture renowned for its historical past into the 10 modern era challenges our understanding of both the resilience of tradition and the elasticity of modernity. We have a tendency when imagining Italy to look to a rather distant and definitely premodern setting. The ancient forum, medieval cloisters,baroque piazzas,and papal palaces constitute our ideal itinerary of Italian civilization. The Campo of Siena,Saint Peter’s,all of Venice and San Gimignano satisfy us with their seemingly unbroken panoramas onto historical moments untouched by time;but elsewhere modern intrusions alter and obstruct the view to the landscapes of our expectations. As seasonal tourist or seasoned historian,we edit the encroachments time and change have wrought on our image of Italy. The learning of history is always a complex task,one that in the Italian environment is complicated by the changes wrought everywhere over the past 250 years. Culture on the peninsula continues to evolve with characteristic vibrancy. Italy is not a museum. To think of it as such—as a disorganized yet phenomenally rich museum unchanging in its exhibits—is to misunderstand the nature of the Italian cultural condition and the writing of history itself.
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A Sense of Entry

Designing the Welcoming School

Author: Alan Ford,Paul Hutton,Jennifer Seward

Publisher: Images Publishing

ISBN: 9781864702385

Category: Architecture

Page: 160

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A Sense of Entry: Designing the Welcoming School presents a selection of projects from Hutton Ford Architects' extensive portfolio of work. The firm's primary goal in designing schools is to create high-performance places that enhance the learning experience. Solutions are sought that provide a welcoming feeling, solve programmatic and functional requirements, are environmentally responsible, and importantly, acknowledge the significant role that the school plays in the lives of children and teachers and its contribution to the community. Every project in the book is unique, however, consistent themes emerge in the firm's approach to designing the movement experience. Each project is identified by one of the following elements: Identity, Wayfinding, Influence of Streets, and Procession. The entrance and movement architecture presented here is a natural outcome of the consideration of all these factors. The size of schools dictates that one spends a lot of time moving within and around the school. Therefore, the awareness of movement has become a significant part of the daily experience in navigating the school environment. Making this experience as stress-free and enriching as possible is what Designing the Welcoming School is all about.
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