I've made it so they have the ability to echolocate and for the main character, a person with sight, the lighting is odd because it only comes from fires that are a necessity for warmth, cooking or forging.

My question would be, would windows be of any use in a windy city?

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    $\begingroup$ Title says blind, body says windy city. Which of the two? $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch
    Commented May 27, 2020 at 12:40
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    $\begingroup$ define windows, would they have transparent glass no would they have things they can open to let in fresh air yes. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented May 27, 2020 at 12:41
  • $\begingroup$ @L.Dutch-ReinstateMonica both $\endgroup$ Commented May 27, 2020 at 12:45
  • $\begingroup$ @MisterOnion Then, please, edit your question to be clearer. $\endgroup$ Commented May 27, 2020 at 13:27
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure how they'd figure this out, but if they did... sunlight is a natural disinfectant. Dark places are much more conducive to breeding mold and other nasty stuff. $\endgroup$
    – Matthew
    Commented May 27, 2020 at 13:28

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Ventilation and temperature control

The windows are probably not going to look like modern windows, with nicely tempered glass, but if we're defining a window as something you can open that's not a door then you'd probably want them still. Depending on climate these might look like shutters, sliding metal panels, or even just holes in the walls.

EDIT: good airflow is going to be particularly important if you provide warmth with indoor fires.



You'll want some form of windows to help stay cool in the summer and to help give you enough fresh air to fuel the fireplaces. Here's a detailed guide to window ventilation and below is a diagram from here.

Diagram of natural air flow

If there's a fireplace in every room, you also want to think about how your people will escape if there's a fire. You might want to have windows or other openings in larger buildings to make it easier to get out.


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