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Dissertation: Use of Natural Light in Architecture
Hi,

I have a dissertation due Jan 2007 about natural light in architecture using Louis Kahn, Tadao Ando and Alvar Alto. Any ideas on how I can further approach this topic? This is my weakest module - am still fumbling for more specificity in my subject matter. Thanks for any help,

Jaimie London
Metro Uni Holloway
Jaimie Stow
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Dissertation: Use of Natural Light in Architecture
Jaimie, Louis Kahn and Alvar Aalto used natural light to illuminate inside space in supposedly non-traditional ways, usually by means of indirect lighting or roof lighting, etc.

In fact, this type of natural lighting of inside sapces comes from before the use of windows and glass. So that buildings used doorways and smoke holes and roof lights, atria, etc to illuminate. :)))
Frank John Snelling
Dissertation: Use of Natural Light in Architecture
This site might be a good start point for any daylight related research:
http://www.thedaylightsite.com/
Mirjana Devetakovic Radojevic
Dissertation: Use of Natural Light in Architecture
Hi!

Well, I have had the opportunity of visiting the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India, designed by Louis Kahn. Ahmedabad lies in a hot climate zone in India. Hence the entire structure is made out of brick, using load bearing construction technique. Brick keeps a check of the humidity levels inside the structure.

The great interplay of light in the long passage designed by Kahn in the Institute is commendable. Kahn uses big windows at intervals to permit minimial light into the interiors of the passage, still managing to create a comfortable illumination level and breaking the monotony of the long passage.

There are many such examples of interplay of light in the Institute. I have some pictures of it... I can post them to you. You can contact me at anujdaga3 AT rediffmail.com.
Anuj Daga
Dissertation: Use of Natural Light in Architecture
Jamie, Try visiting and checking the architecture books in the AA Bookshop, Foyles, Dillons, etc. These stores are all within walking distance of each other in London. :)))
Frank John Snelling
Dissertation: Use of Natural Light in Architecture
Hi Frank,

I was wondering if you may have any further info, such as a good overview book to check out on the natural lighting of inside spaces regarding Aalto, etc., to illuminate.
Cheers,
Jaimie
Jaimie Stow
Dissertation: Use of Natural Light in Architecture
Jaimie, I suggest you check out all of the available material on each of the three named architects and then compare the similarities and differences.

As you are at a London university, you could always check the RIBA Library.
Frank John Snelling
Dissertation: Use of Natural Light in Architecture
Hi,

I am at London Metropolitan University Spring House, but getting to the RIBA library is only a bus ride away. Thanks again for all your help.

cheers,

Jaimie
Jaimie Stow
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