PhD researcher Mahmoud Elkhatieb visits UCL artificial sky laboratory

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UCL artificial sky laboratory

PhD researcher Mahmoud Elkhatieb and his supervisor Professor Steve Sharples visited the artificial sky laboratory at University College London in April. UCL kindly agreed to let Mahmoud use the state-of-the-art facility to test predictions from his daylight computer modelling analysis against measurements made inside a physical model of an office in Cairo under clear sky conditions (which the UCL artificial sky is capable of replicating). The pattern of the office’s facade reflects traditional Islamic architectural forms, but in Mahmoud’s computer model the facade is a dynamic component whose shape changes hour-by-hour in response to the prevailing external climate.