Standard organizations are typically not frequented by architects. Yet, these committees do more and more influence what performance
criteria architects have to design for. This situation is obviously undesirable since there is not feedback mechanism that reports how
standard requirements influence design decisions in practice.more>>.
This project consists of a series of related activities that are concerned with experimental and
computer-based design analysis techniques to asses the appearance of glare in daylit spaces.
The objective of this National Science Foundation project is to develop an urban
simulation platform. The project is a collaboration with Penn State and the Harvard
School of Public Health. more>>
Urban Microclimate is a new, multi-year effort by the Building Technology Program at MIT to predict local effects of neighboring buildings
and landscape on ambient temperature and relative humidity, solar radiation, and wind.
How likely are people to walk or bike in different neighborhoods? What urban design parameters contribute to more walkable cities?
This project aims to devleop new analysis workflows to facilitate the design of more pedestrian and bike friendly neighborhoods
When new constructions such as photovoltaic (PV) panels or new buildings are created, the potential for glare on surrounding building occupants is often overlooked.
PV panels and other specular materials can reflect light from the sun in blinding quantities. To remedy such issues after construction is expensive, and those affected
must tolerate the glare problems until remedied. In order to address the problem of glare hazards from new constructions, this paper presents a method for analyzing
glare hazards based on three-dimensional (3D) models produced during the design phase, measured material properties and physically accurate lighting simulations.
Together with the City of Cambridge and Modern Devleopment Studio we developed an interactive online map of electricity
yields and associated costs for installing PV on rooftops in Cambridge. more>>
In this project we developed a new technique to quantify the daylighting potential of cities and neighborhoods. The urban daylight pulgin is now part of the umi tool.