We are investigating various modeling techniques to see how they help us to make design decisions with daylight. We're comparing physical models photographed in daylight and under studio lighting and using digital means to locate human figures in spaces and scaled materials on surfaces while retaining the effects of light. We are also comparing these with digitally rendered views of the same spaces. Daylight is almost always more satisfying, more convincing, but digital renderings are seductive in their artificial perfection. Using both physical and digital models, is probably the most way to work. But we'd still like to know how close a digital view can approximate daylight.
See above for work by Erin Curley. Digitally enhanced view of a physical model of an interior space at the top and a digitally enhanced view of a courtyard at the bottom.