Scientific evidence - a valuable tool
Evidence-based design is gaining ground as the use of scientific evidence is turning into a powerful tool for designers and architects.
“If applied at large-scale, evidence-based architecture can unlock a huge untapped potential for societies in terms of increased productivity and reduced health costs,” says Lone Wiggers.
Especially, as there is a clear correlation between bright classrooms and high student performance. A study in France by UPMC / INSERM (Epidemiology of Allergic and Respiratory Disease (EPAR) Department, IPLESP) involving 2,387 pupils across Europe found that students in classrooms with larger windows, a higher percentage of south facing windows and adequate daylight control performed better in mathematical and logic tests.
Gathering architects and researchers from around the world
Lone Wiggers was featured at the Daylight Symposium, where architects, researchers and experts from all over the world gathered for two days in Berlin to launch and exchange knowledge, experiences and viewpoints within the field of architecture and daylight.
This year’s symposium topic is “Healthy & Climate-Friendly Architecture – from knowledge to practice”, focusing on the use of daylight, firstly to create buildings promoting human health and wellbeing, secondly to minimize the negative impact of man-made structures and activities on climate change.
Other main speakers included:
- Anne Lacaton or Jean-Philippe Vassal, principals of the architecture firm Lacaton & Vassal, having found new ways to use standard construction systems to transform older buildings by bringing more light into the buildings.
- Stefan Behnisch (Germany), Behnisch Architekten, an award-winning architect and advocate of sustainable design.
- Omar Gandhi, one of The Architectural League of New York’s ’Emerging Voices’ of 2016.
For more information, see The Daylight Site.