Journal of Design Insight

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The Future Impact of Augmented Reality

Augmented reality and other virtual digital displays can revolutionize they way we interact within architectural spaces. When sitting in your office, experiencing a museum or simply learning in school, occupants already use digital media to carry out even the most basic of tasks. Just imagine what the evolution of augmented reality can do.

For starters, we can now see the beginning to how buildings can evolve internal “nervous systems”. Designers are beginning...

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5 Reasons Augmented Reality is Good for Architecture

Architecture is getting better at connecting — linking you to more environments, information and people all over the world. Augmented reality is a big reason why.

You see, technologies that cater to augmented reality will act as ‘portals’ that link you to information, communities and destinations in real-time. Such advances are changing the way you experience architecture, both aesthetically and functionally.

Now, here’s what I’ve been...

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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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How Communication Gestures Can Make Buildings Smarter

The two: building and occupants, have an unparalleled relationship where each adapts to the other over time and in different ways — and as new technologies, and in particular gesture technology, makes its way into the forefront, I think that buildings will be able to communicate with occupants through more natural, nonverbal and real-time cues.

For this reason, by not only observing communication gestures, but by also making use of them, you will be able to create architecture that...

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Headset Brain Computer Can Help Occupants Control Their Environment

So often interactive adaptive architectural interfaces must rely on picked up cues that are either created from occupant behaviors or from different objects within an environment that move, change or transmit other real-time information. And with these types of cues comes concern from building occupants about how “control” will be established between them and their surrounding built environment. For if a building is indeed adaptive, where are the control points? Who sets the...

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Architectural Design Usability For Everyone

As an architect, is important for you to understand your occupants as more than just an “occupant load”, and really begin to understand the demographics of who will be using your building and why — and most importantly what do they want to achieve when within it. This is important because as new technologies surface, architecture is gaining greater ability to personalize itself to its occupants, in real-time — hence, the promises and challenges of adaptive...

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Innovative Ideas via User Interface Design

DON’T CLICK IT!

I found a novel idea in a website called Don’t Click It, created by the Institute for Interactive Research. This site is great because it challenges the convention of how users typically interact with their computer — this is an entire website that actually does not want you to click. It’s fun. It’s creative. It’s different. It brings new life to user interface design.

Here is the Link: Don’t Click It

REVAMP...

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How Emotion Can Inspire Your Architectural Design

Micro-Lecture Introduction

How can you use emotion to inspire your architectural design decisions? In this Micro-Lecture you will learn how reverse-engineering your design features and designing for a fluid occupant journey can both bring your design to new heights by evoking emotion.

 

Micro-Lecture Transcript

00:00 Maria Lorena Lehman: How can you use emotion to inspire your architectural design decisions within your projects? I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing...

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How Hospital Design Can Help to Heal Patients

Micro-Lecture Introduction

How can hospital design help patients to heal more quickly and with better quality? In this Micro-Lecture you will learn the importance of stimuli synchronization and how to use it within your designs to strategically help your building occupants thrive.

 

Micro-Lecture Transcript

00:00 Maria Lorena Lehman: How can hospital design help patients to heal better? I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture, and in this micro lecture...

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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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