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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
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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.

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Ventilation

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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