“Daylighting the millennials” by Christoph Reinhart
Building scientist and architectural educator
Lecture from the 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium “Healthy & climate-friendly architecture– from knowledge to practice” that took place in Berlin on 3-4 May 2017. For more information visit http://thedaylightsite.com
For today’s knowledge workers, the boundaries between work and private lives are eroding. We can now work anywhere and anytime: at Starbucks, in the checkout line at Whole Foods and by the pool during Spring break. While at work, we may play Pokemon Go, go running or catch a nap. As our schedules are becoming unique imprints of our lifestyle choices, our building and lighting concepts need to become flexible enough to accommodate conflicting needs where one occupant may go for a blue-light fix along with a double shot espresso while her colleague opts for low color temperature lighting and herbal tea.
What role is left for daylighting design when occupants’ needs are trailing out of sync with natural lighting cycles? Drawing on recent work at the MIT Sustainable Design Lab on the use of electronic screens in daylit spaces, the flow of people through cities as well as the modeling of circadian lighting exposure, the author will contemplate on opportunities of how today’s architects may integrate emerging lighting requirements within broader sustainable design concepts.
Christoph Reinhart is a building scientist and architectural educator working in the field of daylighting, sustainable building design and environmental modeling. At MIT he is leading the Sustainable Design Lab, an interdisciplinary group with a grounding in architecture that develops design workflows, planning tools and metrics to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings and neighborhoods. Design tools originating from the group – such as DIVA, DAYSIM and umi – are used in practice and education in over 90 countries. Presentation from 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium, for more information please visit http://thedaylightsite.com.