Plymouth University School of Architecture Design and Environment and LightUp Analytics, a daylight and sunlight analytic modelling software company have established a partnership to support research and teaching.
Students have been using a newly developed software programme that works as a plugin with sketchup to assess various projects against daylight and sunlight design criteria and how they would design them differently as part of a research informed teaching module.
The software has enabled students to actively engage with daylight as a design tool in a fast and accessible way which is unique to this software programme. This has resulted a much more rigorous approach to design but also, due to the accessibility of the software, a huge interest in an issue that was previously only the concern of building physics students as architecture students did not have the time or skill set to engage with it in such a rigorous way.
Simon Bradbury MA (cantab) Dip Arch ARB, Lecturer in Architecture – Plymouth University
I have used LUA on ‘real’ projects – density. massing, adjoining daylight amenity and (critically) certainty increased.
From a consultants perspective LightUp Analytics will increase the speed of independent assessments and allow designers themselves to measure the impacts of what they are planning quickly and simply. It will provide pretty instant results at the click of a mouse, essential stuff to those who are serious about daylight and sunlight!