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University of Arizona (1987)

MASTERS OF LIGHT : STRATEGIES FOR SKYLIGHTING IN A HOT DRY CLIMATE

HAMPTON, WARREN RICHARD

Titre : MASTERS OF LIGHT : STRATEGIES FOR SKYLIGHTING IN A HOT DRY CLIMATE

Auteur : HAMPTON, WARREN RICHARD

Université de soutenance : University of Arizona

Grade : Master of Architecture 1987

Description
The study presented on the following pages had three purposes : (1) to allow the author to explore the implications of light in the broadest sense and to evaluate the current state of architectural daylighting ; (2) to examine architectural philosophies of light in an effort to establish a baseline for future theories and ; (3) to seek to understand how these theories can be applied to skylighting in a hot dry climate. The reader will note that the results of (1) above are included within the appendices and covers a broad range of topics : from history and technological development to the cultural and symbolic character of light and the artistic use of light. Sections are included on the biological aspects of natural light and the informational quality of light. Appendix H is an actual study for daylighting of atrium space in a highrise hotel. Part III : "Masters of Light— An Analysis" reports on the research surrounding the life and works of four architects who are recognized masters of architecture and masters of light. A historical survey of the life and times of Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto and Louis I. Kahn is followed by an analysis of theories surrounding their use of light and an exploration of skylighting in their work. From a typology of skylighting techniques, a strategy is chosen from each of the four architects and these are used in a case study to explore the nuances of skylighting in a hot dry climate. The reader interested in this area will want to pay particular attention to Part II : "Light in a Hot Dry Climate" and Part IV and V which describe testing procedures and the case study itself. What follows is a personal search for an architectural philosophy of light, one that will confirm the importance of natural light to architectural space. The implications of daylighting go much beyond simple fenestration— it is more than the attachment of lighting technology upon a building framework— any building at its finest is a kind of poetry experienced in light. I think this is what the "masters of light" knew all along and it has taken us some time to realize. This work is intended as a contribution to an emerging area of research in the field of architectural daylighting, one that emphasizes concept and philosophy over measurement, quantification and instrumentation.

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