Someone brought me a copy of A|L recently, and the article, 'One Word: Daylight' (Jan/Feb 2004, page 17), made me smile. Evidently I had just returned from that daylighting conference back in 1986 when I wrote the editorial for the January 1987 issue (Vol. 1, No. 1).
I wrote: 'A trip to the International Daylighting Conference introduced the magazine to an exceptional group of individuals who have accomplished a wealth of advanced research in an area that it seems will ultimately-though not until a second-generation's energy crisis forces us to relearn the bitter lessons of the 1970s-change the way every architectural designer considers lighting and energy issues when beginning the design process. Until then, these lonely voices in the wilderness may be assured that there is a place where their ideas can receive the attention they deserve-here in the pages of Architectural Lighting.' (I can't believe my copyeditor didn't do something with that run-on sentence.)
Sure enough, the great research presented at the conference in 1986 never did catch on. We've gone 20 years without the energy crisis I predicted, and until LEED came along, people just weren't interested. In all those years, I don't think A|L ever sold a single ad for a product related to daylighting. There might have been 15 years in there when no architecture magazine thoroughly analyzed an individual building strictly on the basis of its daylighting performance, because after I left A|L, nobody did it.
The cover story in that first issue was about a daylit retail store called Salzer Video in Ventura, California. It wasn't a complicated building, but I imagine if it were being designed today, there's not much that could be done better except for the addition of automatic blinds and compact fluorescent lamps. The design methodology really hasn't changed much-LEED has made all the difference.
I do have one question: If A|L's Vol. 1, No. 1 was in 1987, how is it possible that Vol. 19, No. 1 is being published in 2004?
Managing Senior Editor, Architectural Record
Editor's Note: Thank you, Charles, for catching a mistake that has lasted almost six years. The goof happened in January 1999. We have corrected the volume number, which is now 18. We figure it's better to find out you are a year younger than a year older.
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