Conference paper

D-LITE: a new perspective for searching and selecting light-control technologies as a designer

Even though a large variety of innovative façade technologies has been developed to refine the control of solar radiation and increase the amount of useful natural illumination, their effective implementation in buildings is still uncommon. Increasing the awareness of designers to their existence and facilitating an understanding of their potential thus appears as a priority. An important step in that direction is to make the search and selection process more intuitive. This paper proposes a way to address this issue with a new database format. It focuses on the generation of visual strategies to express technical aspects and performance data with a more intuitive and architecturally based language, adapted to a designer’s needs and respectful of a realistic design process. The project takes shape as a freely accessible online database of light-interacting technologies for envelopes, available at, that provides an efficient meeting space for professionals in the field.

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