Natural Light and Design at VELUX Daylight Symposium

Live from Copenhagen from November 15-17 at Build for Life 2021

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29/10/2021 - What role does daylight play in building design? Can it improve user experience and quality of life? These are some of the many questions that will be explored at Build for Life Conference 2021, the digital event promoted by VELUX to actively address 21st-century climate challenges through the design of healthy and sustainable buildings.
Scheduled for November 15-17, the Build for Life will feature more than 90 international speakers who will discuss - live from Copenhagen - the environmental and social impact of buildings and how they can improve the quality of the environment and people's lives. Free and open to all, the event is a platform for designers, builders, researchers, activists and other professionals. 
The event will take place on two simultaneous stages: the Compass stage and the VELUX Daylight Symposium stage.
The VELUX Daylight Symposium has been investigating the role of daylight in the design of healthier and more resilient buildings since 2005. The event will be moderated by Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and Director of the Institute for Health in the Built Environment. It will feature speakers Till Roenneberg, Jakob Strømann Andersen and Yvonne de Kort.
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Till Roenneberg is professor emeritus at the Medical School of the LMU Munich, a former President of the European Society for Rhythms Research (EBRS), and is currently President of the World Federation of Societies for Chronobiology (WFSC). 
After studying Biology in Munich (LMU) and London (University College), he worked at Harvard University. In his research for the Human Sleep Project, Till investigates the human internal clock and sleep in the real world. During his career, he has initiated and directed several large national and international research networks and received several international research prizes. He is the author of two books, Internal Time (Harvard University Press, 2012) and The Right to Sleep (DTV, 2019), and has published more than 200 papers that have been cited more than 20,000 times.
Till will present learnings from recent studies investigating how we have been impacted by changes in lifestyle and our physical environment while in lockdown during the covid pandemic.
Jakob Strømann-Andersen is a Danish architect, Partner and Head of Henning Larsen’s Sustainability Engineering Department. Jakob holds a MSc and PhD in Architectural Engineering specializing in healthy, sustainable, and circular design. 
Jakob’s research revolves around the interaction between engineering, architecture, and modern technology and how integrated design can form the basis of successful sustainable cities and buildings. As director for Innovation and Sustainability at Henning Larsen, Jakob works to develop innovative solutions in the field of sustainable design.
Jakob’s presentation will address the question 'Can generative algorithms improve daylight design?' and will show how we can run and explore a multitude of daylight designs, sort through the iterations and identify the best ones, all while providing detailed analysis for each proposal.
Yvonne de Kort is a Full Professor and Chair of Environmental Psychology of Human-Technology Interaction in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).
With her group, she investigates the effects of lighting conditions on human functioning (e.g., alertness, stress, sleep, and health), specifically targeting light effects for day-active people in real-world conditions. This explicitly includes both visual effects and circadian and acute effects beyond vision, via our biological clock and neural regions related to alertness and mood. The research brings together insights from psychology, chronobiology, and neuroscience and aims to translate fundamental insights in human responses to light to implications for the design of environments, lighting scenarios, and intelligent lighting solutions.
Yvonne will present the LIGHTCAP project, a European Training Network under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions framework. LIGHTCAP aims to provide a strong, innovative and necessary impulse to our insights into the intricate and complex relationships between light, perception, attention and cognition.
Join the Build for Life Conference 2021 and take part in this global exchange of ideas from November 15-17. Register for the event: buildforlife.velux.com


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