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4.492 Daylighting, Fall 2004

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.
The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey: An excellent example of natural daylighting. (Image courtesy of Prof. Nasser Rabbat.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a full set of lecture notes as well as the student projects from the class.

Course Description

The course focuses on the use and optimization of daylight in buildings and on its complementarity to artificial (electric) lighting, to aim at reducing the building's environmental impact while improving the visual comfort of the inhabitants. Fundamentals of daylighting and artificial lighting will first be introduced. More advanced and design-oriented topics will then be presented and practiced through the design project.


Prof. Marilyne Andersen

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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