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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2016 (PC020404.15) ➔ Analysing A New Building’s Shading Impact In Dense Urban Environments


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Yanxi Chen (designer)
Francis Milloy (thesis advisor)




Given it is mentioned in the NYC zoning plan 2030 that Manhattan is facing more building demand and less developable land, unavoidable problems are driven by the density of skyscrapers in the fast growing urban context, where daylight becomes luxurious to be exposed by lower levels. The new building deprives the rights from the existing building of gaining solar energy, which is to supply self energy demand of functionality and maintain sustainability. The resultant problems are more electricity consumption and higher potential crisis of psychological disorders of occupants in no/reduced daylight exposed space. In order to achieve energy-saving purpose and ensure Urbanian’s psychological wellness, a methodology of compensating on developers of new building is raised. It should be taken into consideration that to pay back loss of solar energy gained originally by existing building due to shading impact of new building.



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