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50 Years!!

By Jamie Perry

For half of a century the principles of visual perception and integrated architectural lighting design, pioneered by Bill Lam, have been practiced and preached by Lam Partners and its architecturally trained staff. In 1961 William M.C. Lam founded William Lam Associates (Proprietorship) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As an architecture student at MIT in the 1940′s,... »

A Daylighting Pattern Language: Bilateral Lighting

By Keith Yancey

In Christopher Alexander’s book A Pattern Language he points out: “When they have a choice, people will always gravitate to those rooms which have light on two sides, and leave the rooms which are lit only from one side unused and empty.” He touts that “this pattern, perhaps more than any other single pattern,... »

The Color of Light

By Paul Zaferiou

Despite some of their current shortcomings, we are all enamored with the hope and promise of LEDs. When we begin a design session with a client these days, it’s a matter of minutes until someone asks “can we use LEDs for that?!” We respond with the usual overview that there are some very good... »

Transitions in Thailand

By Amber Hepner

On a recent trip to Thailand, I enjoyed a rare opportunity to experience traditional responses to local design challenges, unique architectural expressions of place. Upon arrival, one of the first things you notice is the very hot tropical climate. Then, as you explore, you start to notice the particular cultural responses to this climate... »

Variety is the Spice of Architecture

By Keith Yancey

Continuing on the topic of the well-balanced architectural diet and exploring the parallels between food and design (“In Defense of Design“), I come back to the notion of variety. Because of our very energy-intensive lifestyles, we can virtually have it all. Peaches in the winter, cheap beef year-round, and 72 degrees, 50% relative humidity,... »

Photo of the Month: October 2009

By Jamie Perry

It’s All Relative Brightness, color, and contrast all play a role in any visual composition. This is especially true of lighted nighttime environments; the interplay of these three characteristics determines the quality and character of the lighted environment. In the foreground of this image, on the right-hand side, is a brightly lighted mock-up of... »

Photo of the Month: September 2009

By Nathanael Doak

Back to School with Architectural Photography How does one successfully photograph a piece of architecture? Do you need the widest lens available to capture as much as possible? Or the latest and most expensive digital equipment to produce the sharpest images? Sure, it helps to have the right equipment, but that is just the... »

Achieving Transparency with “Solid” Materials

By Brad Koerner

GKD Metal Fabrics is a manufacturer of interwoven metal meshes for large-scale architectural use. They have a great website with lots of project images that really show off the visual effects possible with woven or perforated surfaces. Woven metal fabrics offer a wonderful visual inversion: when the primary illumination is on the viewer’s side,... »