Daylighting Issues in Building Design OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Building Design Course

Published Jan 10, 2009

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'Daylighting Issues in Building Design' is graduate level OpenCourseWare that introduces students to the use of daylighting in building design and architecture. This free course from MIT gives students pursuing a Master of Architecture or Building Technology degree the scientific tools to maximize the amount of daylighting in a building and thus reduce its effects on the environment.

Daylighting Issues in Building Design: Course Specifics

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Daylighting Issues in Building Design: Course Description

The use of lighting design in architecture determines how people will encounter and interact with a building, whether it is a cathedral or an office space. To realize their artistic vision in a blueprint, architects and building designers must be familiar with the fundamentals of light, from the scientific properties of light to its effect on color perception. This lecture series covers the fundamentals of lighting design, focusing on the use of daylight as an aesthetic and environmental design choice. Professor Marilyne Andersen led the students in the original course from basic lighting design strategies to advanced theories of visual perception, as well as covering daylight measurement tools and electric lighting options. The original course included a hands-on design project that culminated in a lighting design proposal. This class was intended for students of a graduate level architecture program.

This OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes, assignment guidelines, a mid-term quiz and past student presentations. To learn more how lighting can affect the design of a building, view the light and building design course page.

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