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Delight in greener daylight

A class perspective on façade renovation

Students in Marilyne Andersen’s Daylighting class last fall worked in interdisciplinary teams to develop integrated solutions for façades on every side of the Consulate of Switzerland/swissnex Boston building in Cambridge.

Based on their understanding of daylight as one of the main drivers of a building’s technical performance and its resulting human comfort and health, they focused on issues of glare, illumination, overheating, the ensuing energy requirements and the visual interest of the spaces.

This exhibition of their work features models, data analyses, simulations, video and audio that offer a broad range of creative solutions to a multi-faceted problem, and illustrate how challenging and inspiring it can be to answer a seemingly simple question: ‘What is good daylighting?’

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