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Natural Light & Architecture

Advantages of natural light in educational occupancies:

  1. Improved academic performance: Studies have shown that students exposed to natural light perform better academically compared to those in classrooms with artificial lighting.
  2. Energy efficiency: Natural light can help to reduce energy consumption and costs associated with artificial lighting.
  3. Positive impact on health and well-being: Exposure to natural light has been linked to improved mood, reduced stress levels, and better sleep quality.
  4. Reduced absenteeism: Natural light has been shown to reduce absenteeism in schools, which can have a positive impact on student learning outcomes.

Disadvantages of natural light in educational occupancies:

  1. Glare and heat gain: Natural light can create glare and heat gain, which can be uncomfortable and distracting for students and teachers.
  2. Inconsistent lighting levels: Natural light levels can vary throughout the day and seasonally, which can make it difficult to maintain consistent lighting levels in a classroom.
  3. Limited control: Unlike artificial lighting, natural light cannot be easily controlled or adjusted to meet the needs of a specific classroom.
  4. Exposure to harmful UV rays: Prolonged exposure to natural light can also lead to harmful UV exposure, which can increase the risk of skin cancer and other health problems.

Overall, natural light has many advantages in educational occupancies, but it is important to carefully consider the potential disadvantages and to design spaces that optimize the benefits of natural light while minimizing the drawbacks.

John A. Paulson Center

The New York University Paulson Center 181 Mercer dormitory is a state-of-the-art residence hall located in the heart of Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. The building was designed by COOKFOX architects and completed in 2020.

The Paulson 181 Mercer dormitory is a 23-story building that houses more than 700 students in a mix of singles, doubles, triples, and quads. The building features a number of amenities designed to enhance the student living experience, including a fitness center, music practice rooms, a game room, and a rooftop terrace with stunning views of the city.

One of the most unique features of the Paulson 181 Mercer dormitory is its focus on sustainability and green design. The building is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification, which recognizes buildings that are designed and constructed to minimize their environmental impact. Some of the sustainable features of the building include a green roof, rainwater harvesting system, and energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems.

The $1.2 billion John A. Paulson Center — which opened in January 2023 — provides all of the occupancy classes for the “university without a quad”.



Standards New York

*In 2005, Paulson began investing heavily in credit default swaps, which are essentially insurance contracts that pay out if a particular debt instrument defaults. He used these swaps to bet against the subprime mortgage market, which he believed was overvalued and ripe for collapse. When the housing market crashed in 2008, Paulson’s bets paid off in a big way, earning him billions of dollars in profits.

Paulson has also been involved in other successful trades, including investments in gold and banking stocks. However, his bet against the subprime mortgage market remains his most famous and lucrative trade.


The Intersection of Design and Engineering

Fashion of the future: the Intersection of Design and Engineering

Fuzzy Logic in Personalized Garment Design

Standards New York

An abbreviated list of fashion and textile design schools and colleges in the United States:

Parsons School of Design, New York
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York
Pratt Institute, New York
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong
California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Drexel University, Philadelphia
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston
Columbia College Chicago, Chicago
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis
Iowa State University, Ames
University of Georgia, Athens
University of North Texas, Denton

Keep in mind that academies, schools, colleges, universities and institutes serve different purposes within the structure of college or university, with schools being larger and more general in focus, while departments are smaller and more specialized in their areas of study.

In all cases, textiles present elevated chemical, fire, noise and physical hazard associated with textile-related machinery.

H.R. 6868 Cybersecurity Grants for Schools Act of 2022

117th Congress Swearing In Floor Proceedings – January 3, 2021, House Chamber



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