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BUILDEX Vancouver

  • Vancouver Convention Centre West 1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3 Canada (map)

AES is pleased to present on: 

The Waltz of Light and Architecture

In the era prior to artificial light, living organisms followed the circadian rhythm.  They woke when the sun rose and retired to shelter when the sun set.  Their energy levels increased as the sky brightened and fell with the fading of light.  People integrated with the daily cycle of the sun.  

Buildings and fenestrations were positioned at ideal angles to capture the sun’s rays.  Light danced off walls, floors and cast shadows in their wake.  This performance occurred daily, the waltz of light and architecture became a comforting routine in people’s lives.

In modern times, an abundance of artificial, uncontrolled light has led to a disconnect between people and the natural rhythm of the sun and arguably of the passing of time over the course of the day.  A space with limited glazing is a vacuum and occupant perception of time, weather and seasons is challenged – is it mid-morning or night, summer or fall?  The contrast between interior and exterior is jarring, integration with the natural world is lost.        

In this seminar, we explore means to integrate light and shadow back into the built environment, and welcome a return of the waltz of light and architecture. 

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to identify
a.    The parameters surrounding biological rhythms in a 24-hour period
b.    Health related issues caused by disrupting circadian rhythms
c.    Key architectural achievements that applied the correct light philosophy and how this can be achieved in contemporary design
d.    Strategies involved with homogenizing light into architecture and understand the relationship of light levels within a spatial envelope

Attendees will be able to describe
a.    Historically, how buildings were shaped to capture light
b.    How building massing allowed for light to be dispersed around its surrounding neighborhood

Attendees will be able to analyze
a.    Metrics involved with new standards concerning circadian rhythms
b.    Case study from University of British Columbia Student Union Building where light is integrated into the architecture and becomes invisible

Attendees will be able to compare
a.    Making a windowless environment feel natural using artificial light versus the functionality of simply populating a space with artificial light.


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