Architecture Energy and the Children's Perspective
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Architecture, Energy and the Children’s Perspective
Our team of leading experts in passive low energy presenting the four typologies of solar ovens that were experimented in the HEAT activity.
A house for Helios and Skotos
Helios and Skotos are building a house and its outdoor extensions for their family and friends. Imagine their daily activities at different periods of the year…
The GRAP (Groupe de Recherche en Ambiances Physiques), Laval University, has developed this activity for school children, teenagers, and more recently for architecture students. This version proposes more versatility for interior-exterior environmental adaptability. For these experiments, we worked with heliodons provided in Brown and De Kay’s book entitled « Sun, wind and light ».
Studies of shadow patterns using a heliodon.
Claude showing how to use the heliodon. Not only children were interested in the instructions…
HEAT: A solar oven for Helios’ outdoor picnics
The sun can provide enough heat to keep us warm, but also to cook meals. Helios is organizing a party, and to save energy, his friends decided to build a solar oven with readily available materials.
Thermal images of solar ovens showing that the children were hot !
Performance Graphs of solar ovens.
Preparing the « smores » that will be « cooked » in the ovens.
LIGHT: A skylight for Skotos’ workshop
Inspired by Helios’s friends and their unplugged oven, Skotos decided to save even more energy by taking advantage of daylighting. His workshop is too dark and gloomy with its single tiny window. With a few changes, he might just get the light he needs to be happier and even enjoy an occasional view to look at the sky.
Digital photos recorded the daily and seasonal changing atmospheres of Skotos’ workshop. This activity is issued from an exercise developed through the elective second year design studio “Daylighting and architectural ambiances”, for architecture students at Laval University. The Kruger Pavilion (refer to architectural visits of the social program), a wood engineering research pavilion on which the GRAP was environmental consultant, is related to theme of this exercise.
Examples of daylighting strategies that were used for the creation of the space.
PLEA junior Oral Presentation
PLEA junior participants were given the privilege to expose results of their workshops to a larger audience at the Gala Dinner. The presentation was very entertaining, as you may notice in the photo gallery. We would like to thank all participants of these activities. For those who could not come, you can take a look at the slides of the presentation that was prepared and presented by the PLEA junior team.