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About Maria Wolonciej
Architecture student (University of Edinburgh, 1st year), author of primary research on potential and cultural perception of dome housing
 Tomorrow's challenges in today's buildings - ideas competition entry
Buildings, like plants, often compete for available light. Appropriate exposure to this resource enhances their energy-efficiency and the well-being of their inhabitants. With the need to erect buildings one next to the other, this is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve.
Mirroring nature in architecture, for example an alternate leaf arrangement allowing plants to make the most out of available light (sketched below).
- the higher, the narrower = less shadow on nearby buildings
- balconies exposed to light while distant to each other for privacy
- light from the south can reach three walls
 Possible further development of the idea
Exploring physical aspects of phototropism ('the process by which plants grow towards light' as described by John M. Christie). Reflecting that in a building, possibly by slanting the walls with windows, could generate more natural light.
Christie, J. M. (2008). Blue light sensing in plants. Glasgow. http://photobiology.info/Christie.html.
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