Natural Light in Design OpenCourseWare: Graduate Level Online Course by MIT that Uses Daylighting Simulations

Published Jan 26, 2009

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'Natural Light in Design' focuses on teaching Architecture students how to use light simulation software to design environmentally friendly buildings. Students can explore how daylight moves throughout their design and then calculate how energy efficient the building will be once it is built. Now part of MIT's graduate-level OpenCourseWare offerings, this class was originally offered as a short workshop for Architecture students and architects.

Natural Light in Design: Course Specifics

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Natural Light in Design: Course Description

Anyone who has studied Architecture knows that understanding the effect of sunlight on a building is an important element in designing a space that is not only comfortable to work or live in, but energy efficient and pleasing to the eye. With this free class information, students learn to use daylight simulation software like Daysim to measure the amount of radiant energy emitted from their building design. They can study how light enters each space as the sun moves across the sky. Originally taught as a workshop of three 8-hour sessions over two weeks, Professor Marilyne Andersen's extensive lecture notes and reading list explain many aspects of daylight integration in design. PDF files from former students show what they did for a final project and how they tackled the daylight issues in their designs.

This OpenCourseWare about natural light offers extensive lecture notes, a reading list and student projects that can be studied. For more information, visit this daylight simulation design workshop web page.

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