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Should an Artificial Window Substitute a Natural One?

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Nowadays, most of us spend approximately 90% of our lifetime in an indoor environment. Today a workplace can be set anywhere, at a coffee shop, at home or even in a place without windows. However, a real question is superimposed: it is really so? Can we work anywhere in any environment conditions? Can a virtual image, or video, substitute the real thing? In other words, can a virtual environment be a substitute of a real and natural one, without jeopardizing our physiological and psychological systems? This paper aims to study the “do’s and don’ts” of a lighting design in a workplace. To achieve such goals the research was built upon literature review.


  • Daylight
  • Artificial light
  • Visual and Non-Visual
  • Workplace
  • Window
  • Biophilia

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This work is funded by National Funds through FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., under the project UID/AUR/04026/2013.

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Gomes, C.C., Preto, S. (2018). Should an Artificial Window Substitute a Natural One?. In: Ahram, T., Falcão, C. (eds) Advances in Usability and User Experience. AHFE 2017. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 607. Springer, Cham.

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