Journal of Design Insight

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Fusing Science with Poetics for “Design Beauty” Innovation

SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING AND POETIC MEANING

In the design of architecture, you must design for both types of understanding – the scientific and the poetic. There is a point where occupants will grasp scientific meaning above poetic, and vice versa. But at what moment does scientific understanding fuse with poetic meaning? And can this moment be called "beautiful"?

Nature's beauty can inspire your own architecture. For instance, you may frame a particular window to capture a sunrise each...

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The Role of "Unbuildable Ideas" In Your Design Process

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE "UNBUILDABLE" IDEA

What if while designing, your creative exploration takes you down a path toward an architectural idea that is "unbuildable"? Once you make the realization that your design approach cannot be physically realized…what do you do next?

There is a tendency only to qualify "extraordinary design" as a buildable idea that can be used. However, does this mean that unbuildable designs have no purpose, or are not extraordinary?

On the contrary, I believe...

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How to Use Authenticity to Innovate Architectural Design

THE PARADOX OF AUTHENTICITY

There is a push and pull between innovation and authenticity. On the one hand, authenticity of an architectural design requires truthfulness to a site’s surrounding context, people, and culture. On the other hand, a well-executed design also requires a type of evolution, where the architecture expresses its own self, while also lifting its surroundings. Thus, architecture must balance between complementing its surrounding environment, and being true to...

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How to Personalize Your Architectural Design as Filter

MICRO-LECTURE INTRODUCTION

Why is it so important to think of your architectural designs as being filters? In this Micro-Lecture you will learn how to better personalize your environments to individuals within a collective or culture so their experience within your design is a success.

 

MICRO-LECTURE TRANSCRIPT

00:01 Maria Lorena Lehman: Why is it so important to think about your architectural designs as being filters? I'm Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. In...

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Schematic Design – Using an Occupant-Centered Design Approach

INTRODUCTION: THE DEFINITION

Schematic design is the first stage of an architectural design project, and within this phase there are important milestones to get right that will greatly leverage the project’s results throughout the rest of its impending design phases. For example, by iteratively designing through various schematic prototypes, it becomes possible to optimize one’s design concept idea in a way that prevents future errors and expands the discovery of new design...

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The Design-Behavior Loop: How Occupant-Response Informs Design

Yes, architectural design evokes behavioral response within its occupants. And as an architect it is important to understand, analyze, and improve upon your design process and end-results. Thus, by delving more deeply into the ways your design impacts those that engage with it, you can ultimately gain information to help improve its outcome. The goal is to create environments that help people achieve fulfillment through high performance so they can meet their short-term needs, and achieve...

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Design that Reaches for the Impossible

What do you wish you could do with architecture that you cannot do now? Where do you feel the architectural design of today stops short? And what is the constraint that blocks you from achieving the design results you seek? Is it technology? Your design tools? Or even your design mindset?

This notion of pushing architectural design beyond current boundaries is an important one. For instance, it would be great if an environment could communicate more specifically. Instead of an alarm only...

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Top 3 Ways to Leverage Technology When Designing

As an architect, it is important to guide your tools in a way that helps you see deeper into your designs. Yes, using 3D visualization tools do help you to make your initial design vision more tangible. But how can you go beyond this, to use technology to better formulate and analyze a concept during your design process? It helps to think creatively about different technologies as  they can become critical tools helping you to solve for particular design problems. The following are...

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How Computerized Contact Lenses Can Make You Think Differently Design

As technologies continue to advance, building occupants are becoming capable of more and more. It began with the introduction of the computer, then went onto the smart phones, and now on the forefront are augmented reality technologies — one of which carries with it far-reaching implications.

I speak of computerized contact lenses.

If you think about it, it makes sense that the next evolution of computing would be to enter the realm of the bionic eye. For, when computer capabilites are...

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Urban Architecture – A Design Process of Co-Creation

INTRODUCTION – ADAPTIVE URBAN ARCHITECTURE

Urban design within cities around the world has impact upon the citizens they serve. As environmental designers, it is important to continuously evolve how cities beneficially influence citizens as they live their daily lives within these urban areas. A critical way by which to accomplish this is to design urban architecture within such cities so they cooperate and collaborate together to yield a relationship of co-creation with their...

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