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Project Profile: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

By Glenn Heinmiller

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts houses a state-of-the-art concert hall and performing arts theater, wrapped by a soaring glass-enclosed lobby. A striking new addition to the Kansas City skyline, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts houses a state-of-the-art concert hall and performing arts theater, wrapped by a soaring glass-enclosed lobby. Safdie... »

Cholera Treatment Center in Haiti

By Kera Lagios

Recently we were asked by MASS Design Group to do a daylighting study for their new Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) in Port-au-Prince Haiti. This is the second time that we have had the opportunity to work with them. Since the earthquake on January 12, 2010, Haiti has suffered enormous economic, structural and environmental distress.... »

A Perspective on Daylight

By Justin Brown

How much do you know about our sun and how it works? A recent episode of Nova, on my local PBS station, very effectively demonstrated my own limited knowledge on the object that accounts for over 99% of the total mass in the Solar System. 99%! That’s just staggering. Everything else out there: stars,... »

Mandatory Daylighting: Are You Ready?

By Glenn Heinmiller

The long-awaited International Green Construction Code (IgCC) has been published. The International Code Council, the organization that produces building codes widely used in the United States, such as the IBC and IECC, produced the IgCC. Development began in 2009 with the American Institute of Architects on board as a sponsor. The International Association of... »

Choosing Glass for Daylighting

By Bob Osten

Glazing for daylighting needs to be chosen both for its visual character (clear, diffusing, etc.) and its technical light-transmission values. Commonly, the visual decision will come first. Do we want clear glass, complete diffusion, or something in between? Diffusing glass has its applications, but needs to be used with care. While it’s tempting to... »

Across the Pond

By Matt Latchford

The ‘Right to Light’ is an awesome piece of legislation in the UK. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist in the US, and references to it have even been shot down in court cases. The UK law, in layman’s terms, says that an existing property has the right to enjoy and benefit from natural light. So,... »

Animation as a Lighting Design Tool

By Kera Lagios

No one can dispute that AGi32, Photoshop, and Illustrator are a lighting designer’s best friends, but as we strive to give clients more reasons to demand lighting design, we should be looking at new ways to convey lighting design’s importance. Many visualization techniques have been adopted from architectural conventions, but, as we all know,... »

Technology: Friend or Foe?

By Keith Yancey

Architects were the first lighting designers, and the first daylighting experts. The sun was once the only thing we had to illuminate the interiors of our architecture. We understood its character, its movement, its color and changeability. Until about seventy years ago or so, daylighting was still the primary source of energy used for... »

Basic Sustainable Lighting Concepts: On Daylighting

By Matt Latchford

Part 2 of an ongoing series outlining design principles for sustainable lighting design: here are a few ideas regarding daylighting, to help navigate the greenwash. Only a little direct sun, please Too much direct sunlight increases the indoor temperature, creating higher cooling loads. It also increases the potential for glare. If there’s too much... »

Shortchanging Daylight

By Bob Osten

The reason for daylighting in buildings is to save energy, and so the value (“payback”) of that daylighting can be calculated by predicting and pricing the amount of energy saved. That’s a common line of thought which is easy to slip into, but it’s dead wrong. Let’s look at a simple example of a... »