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The idea of this project came up when Rosa Urbano started her doctoral studies on light-control in glass envelopes. The difficulties to find information and understand how these technologies can be applied in architecture triggered the work on the development of the concept of a database for designers. The first stages of this research were developed during her stay at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

As the leader of the MIT Daylighting Lab, Marilyne Andersen was investing her efforts in research projects closely related to these issues, which provided an environment where the database could benefit from an opportune symbiotic relationship. And, a team formed by an architect and a physics engineer seemed to be the ideal combination to achieve the right balance between technical assessment and architectural understanding. Together, they have created the strategies and structure that define D-LITE.

During the summer of 2008 two MIT students, Gerhard van der Linde (MArch level I) and Elizabeth De Regt (Freshman), have joined the team to implement the contents of the database.

D-LITE has become a reality thanks to several sources of funding. We want to express our gratitude to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the MIT Energy Initiative Seed Fund Program, the Fulbright Program, the Harvard Committee on General Scholarships – RRC, and the Fundación CajaMadrid for their support to this project.

We are also grateful to Martin Bechthold and Daniel Schodek, at Harvard GSD, for their knowledgeable insights to this work, and Apurva Mohunta and his team at arc-max who programmed this website with diligence, creativity and patience.

Finally, this project would not be possible without the support of manufacturers, research institutes and designers, whose input is crucial for this database to exist and for it to continue to be an informative platform.

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