For many, the daily cycle during the work week leaves little time for fresh air and outdoor light exposure.
We get up early in the morning, race to work, spend 8 to 10 hours inside an office and then rush home, sometimes making a pit stop for groceries, or a quick workout at the gym (if we’re lucky and motivated), then we cook dinner, put the children to sleep, watch the evening news, log on to the laptop and head to bed.
Our days have never been such an elaborate mix of commuting, work and social life. The only time spent outside under the open sky during the work week can easily be on the way to work and on the way home from work. In total, less than 10 % of the time we are awake – leading to a daylight deficit and decoupling from nature.
Out of sync with natural lighting cycles
The modern lifestyle today makes it pertinent to rethink buildings so they can help reestablish our connection to nature, a prerequisite for human health and wellbeing, by letting daylighting play a central role in the built environment in order to nurture the body, mind and soul.
But what role is left for architects and planners when occupants' needs are trailing out of sync with natural lighting cycles? This is exactly what MIT building scientist Christoph Reinhart (US) will reveal in his keynote presentation at the world's largest forum for daylight researchers, architects and building designers - the 7th Daylight Symposium to be held in Berlin, 3-4 May 2017.
Concept for new lighting requirements
Christoph Reinhart, from the MIT Sustainable Design Lab, will contemplate how today's architects may integrate emerging lighting requirements within broader sustainable design concepts. For Reinhart, the boundaries between the work and private life of today's knowledge workers is eroding. We can now work anywhere and anytime.