Temperature, Wind, and Light

In discussion last Tuesday we went to Clemons Library and observed how the temperature, wind, and light affected the stairs on the side of the building. We noticed that different areas received more light then others which lead to a range of temperatures in materials around the building. For example the railing of the staircase absorbed a greater amount of heat than the brick and concrete that surrounded it. Also windows of the library, even when in the shade, were much warmer to the touch than the brick and concrete.

We then took exact readings of the temperature, wind, and light levels. The temperature and light level fluctuated depending on the amount of sun the space was receiving. The wind was blowing harder at the bottom of the stairs and basically remained constant as we moved up the stairs.

The formation of these different climate zones in such a small space have a great impact on how the space feels. We are constantly moving through these different zones when we interact with our outdoor spaces of the structure. They also effect the feel of the interior of the building depending on the time of year, either allowing the heat or the cool to enter the building, or protecting it from the outdoor temperature (for example the shade created by the trees).

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