Interaction between qualitative and quantitative approaches in the teaching of architectural design

In order to improve the understanding of daylighting by students in architecture, we seek a better integration between scientific and architectural languages and we try to strengthen the links between quantitative (knowledge on daylighting as a physical phenomenon expressed in mathematical terms) and qualitative (knowledge on daylighting as a modifier of luminous ambiance expressed in a descriptive way using natural language).

This will help students to reach a better control of the phenomenon, to build their own criteria and to apply them in the sketch phase of architectural design. It may also be a basis for a aiding-system for the design in the sketch phase. We used fuzzy set methods and multivalued logicsto model the building and its environment and to structure knowledge taking architect’s preferences into account.

Interaction between qualitative and quantitative approaches in the teaching of architectural design