In class today we learned about creating and manipulating shade through solar studies and various types and techniques of shading.  We talked about the differences in radiation exposure over the seasons on horizontal, north, south, and east/west facing surfaces and how this information can be used to develop roof shapes or shading areas to efficiently control light and shade, heating and cooling.  I especially enjoyed the diagrams showing different popular styles of windows and overhangs and how each is effective or ineffective in creating shade and controlling light.

In designing the bus stop/bike share hub project, these types of shading techniques directly apply.  In such a small project with a program based around people gathering and standing at the bus stop in all kinds of weather and at all times of the year, creating shade and manipulating sunlight will play a big part in determining what is or is not an effective design.  With regards to my project, I may look at the roof structure on one of the projects Professor Sherman showed us and mimic it on my bus stop/bike share hub, giving a longer overhang on the southwestern side and a shorter overhang on the northeastern side to account for the angle of the sun over time.

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