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Cardiff school reaches for the artificial sky

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The biggest artificial sky in the uk has been hoisted above model buildings at Cardiff University's school of architecture. The £200,000 Sky Dome simulates conditions at any time of the day in any part of the world. The 8m-diameter rig has 640 fluorescent lamps controlled in segments which mimic sky conditions for daylight and sun-path studies on scale models on a rotating turntable.

The school uses the dome for studies in maximising the use of natural light in buildings, cutting the use of electric lights, controlling solar radiation and reducing overheating.

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