Category Archives: Daylighting

Daylight Consulting Project Featured in Architectural Record

A luminance rendering showing the relative levels of light reflected by various surfaces in the room.
A luminance rendering showing the relative levels of light reflected by various surfaces in the room.

“An oasis in a crowded city center, the Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh Province in northern Afghanistan, was built under the auspices of two American aid organizations, which brought together a U.S.-based design team, Afghan construction crews, and local government in a unique collaboration to restore and elevate a battered educational infrastructure for young women.”

-Architectural Record, January 2016.

The Center for Integrated Design’s  Michael Gilbride served as the daylighting  consultant for the project. Read the full article on Architectural Record’s website.

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Generating Art from Simulation

While working on a series of daylighting studies for an Atelier Jones designed chapel, the role of simulation in the creation of art came under scrutiny. The studies, performed by Michael Gilbride and graduate students Nicole Peterson and Justin Schwartzhoff, focused primarily on the size, orientation, and transparency of the skylights and sidelights bordering a cross laminated timber (CLT) sculptural piece on the north wall of the chapel. The CLT wall’s design was intended to mimic a fabric curtain and was therefore open to a variable shape. This suggested that, instead of altering the window conditions, dramatic lighting conditions could be incorporated into the piece itself. To test this, the lab pursued a mixture of daylighting simulations, parametric scripting, and genetic algorithms in an effort to generate a more perfect form for the wall. Continue reading