Designers Maggie Golden and Jack Risser recently flew across the pond to represent Lam Partners at this year’s DIVA Day conference hosted at the Architectural Association in London. Attending both the conference and training sessions provided an insightful look into the professional world of commercial daylighting. The Solemma team, including former Lam employee Kera Lagios, presented the new version of DIVA 4.0, with some very cool new grasshopper tools, and integration with the energy modeling program ArchSim. Presentations from various international teams shared their work and discussed the past, present, and future of daylighting design.
Some Highlights of the conference:
Anne Iversen at Henning Larsen presented “Optimizing a Façade for an Arid Climate.” Although the design approach and style were interesting, the biggest takeaway was the importance of working through iterations. Optimization processes allow you to learn from each iteration, and ultimately evoke the best optimization from all aspects of design. The process also helps designers develop daylight intuition for future projects.
Another interesting presentation came from Reinier Zeldenrust of Atelier Ten, titled “Twenty-Five Years of Atelier Ten.” While the presentation read like a history of the company – it also portrayed the history and potential futures of daylighting design. Zeldenrust artfully illustrated how far the design community has come in daylighting and integrated design. Though softwares like DIVA, Ladybug, Honeybee, and many more, the act of daylighting design gets easier each year; however the basics are as important as ever. The future holds integration with of energy design, and visual representations such as virtual reality.
We’re excited to take full advantage of the new DIVA build at Lam Partners, and through Lam Labs continue to push the limits on daylighting design processes with emphasis on integration of thermal comfort and energy considerations, with quality of light and visual comfort. We continue to research cutting edge visualizations that not only allow architecture firms to visualize daylighting designs but also allow for custom components to create real-time collaboration with architecture firms through the design.