The solar window for the summer solstice is from about 8 am to 4 pm.  In the winter, the solar window is from about 9 am to 3 pm. However, because the area is surrounded by many obstructions, such as trees, the area is often shaded in different places.  For example, in the morning the A-School East Addition (by W.G. Clark)) hides an early sunrise.  At around noon a large tree blocks the sun for about an hour.  In the winter the obstructions would not be as much because the trees will lose their leaves.

This area is a very comfortable place to sit and work outside, which can provide a great place to sit and read or do drawings for class.  This is important because it is located right by the art school, art museum, the architecture school and the president’s house.  The trees obstruct the sunlight at various times so the sun is not too harsh.  The fairly large solar window is also optimum for architecture students who are taking pictures of their models.  I often take pictures of my models here because it is not only close to studio, but because of the great light you can get in late morning and afternoon.  It is also helpful because I can take pictures of my models in the same place at different times to compare the different angles that are made in my model.   The solar window of the area provides a comfortable atmosphere for people to sit and relax among the trees.

It can be assumed that there is a reliable breeze from the southwest in the summer and a breeze from the north in the winter.  The obstructions on the site would block some of the breeze in the summer; however the trees help to provide cooling in the area.  In the winter, the architecture school blocks the breeze in the winter so it is not too cold.  The space benefits from its obstructions.  The trees help for proper cooling in the summer time and the architecture school helps to block a cold wind during the winter. ( This is also nice for taking photos of your models because the wind is never so harsh that is knocking your work over…)

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