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Light Matters: 7 Ways Daylight Can Make Design More Sustainable

Light Matters: 7 Ways Daylight Can Make Design More Sustainable | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Daylight is a highly cost-effective means of reducing the energy for electrical lighting and cooling. Education often reduces the aspect of daylight to eye-catching effects on facades and scarcely discusses its potential effects – not just on cost, but on health, well-being and energy.

This Light Matters will explore the often unexplored aspects of daylight and introduce key strategies to better incorporate daylight into design: from optimizing building orientations to choosing interior surface qualities that achieve the right reflectance. These steps can significantly reduce investment as well as operating costs and so much more...


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Mary H Goudie's comment, February 28, 2014 4:38 AM
My husband CANNOT live without his sunshine. Here in Lisbon they used ceramic tiles to move more light into the rooms. We angle a mirror to reflect the sunshine into our kitchen on cold days - toasty!
Lola Ripollés's curator insight, March 1, 2014 12:52 PM

La luz es importantísima par ala eficiencia y para el confort.

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[ Mexico ] Casa V by Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

[ Mexico ] Casa V by Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos have designed the Casa V in Mexico City. The location in the lot and design of this house were defined by the importance of natural light in the project. The facades were located according to the movement of light and shadows to help enhance the interior design.

The interior are exterior spaces of the house are integrated by the nature elements. All the construction was done in exposed concrete and wood to assure the low maintenance requirements as well as the adequate aging of the space with the natural patina that will acquire with time.


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Inspired by Nature: Loft 24-7 by Fernanda Marques- São Paulo, Brazil

Inspired by Nature: Loft 24-7 by Fernanda Marques- São Paulo, Brazil | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Wood, stone and books… 3 elements that don’t seem to have very much in common create the main characteristics of the living roomof this loft of 250m, where Fernanda Marques succeeded to make a dream escape from urban frenzy.

The nature plays much more than a mere supporting role: one just has to note the intense use of daylight. The use of materials in their rough state was a fundamental idea for its decoration. Daylight, highlighted textures, fully open to the outside… the key to furnish a house somewhere in between a country villa and a modernist home design.


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Pittsburgh's "breathing" building by Gensler aims to be the world's greenest skyscraper

Pittsburgh's "breathing" building by Gensler aims to be the world's greenest skyscraper | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The PNC Financial Services Group hopes to exceed LEED Platinum requirements while promoting a healthy workplace with a recent development – the Tower at PNC Plaza. Located in downtown Pittsburgh, the building will be 800,00 sq.ft (74,322 sq.mt) with a construction budget of approximately US $240 million.

 

The "breathing" design created by architecture firm Gensler moves away from the traditional closed air-conditioned environment and has the lofty aim of becoming the greenest skyscraper in the world.

 

Employees in the 33 floor glass tower will access daylight and fresh air. The PNC Tower design recognizes that the Pittsburgh climate can provide increased levels of natural light onto the floorspace along with improved regulation of temperatures for much of the year without using traditional, energy-intensive HVAC systems. The Tower hopes to achieve this with a double-skin facade of two panes of glass separated by an enclosed cavity, allowing external air inside. The facade features operable doors and windows that admit fresh air into the building during optimal conditions, while a solar chimney is another passive system- it pulls air in through the open windows, the air then travels across the floors, is heated and exhaled through the roof shaft.

 

The Tower will consume less than 50 percent of the energy a typical office building uses and will save PNC at least 30 percent on its energy costs...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, January 9, 2013 12:07 PM

Tall buildings have been historically less efficient than smaller squarer buildings to operate, but now with new technologies we are seeing rapid improvements in the taller buildings and FINALLY we are seeing things like operable ventilation once again.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 1, 2013 9:25 AM

SCUP–49, the Society for College and University Planning's 49th annual conference, will be held in Pittsburgh in July 2014.

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'Breeze': Innovative towers by Riken Yamamoto and Field Shop

'Breeze': Innovative towers by Riken Yamamoto and Field Shop | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
three towers emerge from an undulating topography of artificial hills which encases a 7-storey podium of retail and outdoor promenades.

Japanese practice Riken Yamamoto & Field shop has designed 'breeze', a cluster of three towers for the R2 block of the emerging yongsan international business district in Seoul, Korea. Three 47-storey tall buildings grow from a hilly landscape. The curving facades respond to the geography of the adjacent Han river and create unrestricted vistas of the waterfront. The positions in relation to each other, support cross ventilation and natural daylight.

Inset within the artificial topography, footprints emerge from the sloping rooftop park, starting wider and becoming more slender at the 20th floor. Offices and shopping at the base are linked with the elevated green public plaza, forming a secondary ground level for activity. Within the interior forum, 25 meter high spaces link the city side of the plan facing the river...


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