Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the studio works of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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Strategy: Use Color to Accentuate How Your Building Works

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What happens when you use color to dictate a building language to communicate with your occupants? Do you appeal to their sense of structure or contribute to their deeper understanding about the inner-workings of your design? Some architecture conceals its inner mechanisms while other designs go out of their way to reveal them. So, I ask you — how transparent are you with your occupants when it comes to how much your building designs reveal about...

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Strategy: Interact with Nature to Innovate an Entirely New Experience

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The beauty of design is that you can uncover unique ways to respond to a site and all of its features. By seeing site features — like water, a hill, or even a tree — as aspects that can be leveraged to make your design better, you will discover exciting new ways to engage it, and thus engage your occupants. Through your architectural building design, you have the opportunity to position your occupants, to frame what they see and how they...

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Strategy: Use Materiality to Yield A Design of Synergy

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When expressing a material through an architectural work, consider its scale and texture as somewhat dynamic. That is, as your occupant moves throughout your building, they will “read” your materials from different distances and angles, in different shades of light and shadow, and with different ability to physically touch or experience them through their other senses — like the visual, the aural or even the olfaction. Your choice in...

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Strategy: How Will Your Building Look As New Perspectives Emerge?

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As buildings get taller and taller, they are unveiling new perspectives. Different vantage points that you create for you occupants make a difference in how they not only perceive their environment, but also in how they function within it. With nanotechnology developments that improve our ability to build upward, you as an architect may need to rethink what it means to create a vertical community (or building culture) for the future. Strategizing about...

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Strategy: Use Tension in Building Design to Imply Movement

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Understand the way “tension” works in your design. The pushes and pulls of not only physical structure and forms can reveal quite beautiful elegance, but also the dynamics of special alignments and axis can bring metaphorical meanings to life. This building by Calatrava appears to be ready to take flight as it uses “tension” within its structure with alignment of axis to compose a motion which seems deliberate and ready to...

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Strategy: Translate Design Language into Inner Installations

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Many times in buildings today, lighting fixtures are added on as an afterthought. Within this Aalto work, light is deemed as special by designing and controlling the way it is emitted. Plus, the lighting design itself is a worthy design fitting into and uplifting the rest of the building. Learn to carry your design intentions through the changing spaces, scales and technologies that your architecture needs.

To Apply This Strategy, Ask Yourself:

WHEN...

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Strategy: Do Not Integrate Technology as an Afterthought

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While certain elements of this featured design by Carlo Scarpa are quite beautiful in terms of color, light, texture and harmonizing the old with the new, there are times where a magnificent design can be reduced in its impact. Within the image above notice the two wall lights that have been placed as afterthoughts (most likely added on later to this design due to building codes). Use technology to enhance your designs, not merely to fill in where it...

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Strategy: Rethink Boundary to Redefine Design Relationships

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Think of exterior and interior as being layered in both plan and section. An exterior can become and interior in multiple dimensions – and this can give your work newfound beauty as well as uniqueness. Also, rethink boundary as a technique that can be utilized from many angles. Think texture, filter, form, plan, section, surface and so on. Then, notice what happens to the space. Does it shelter and protect? Does it expose one to the public? Or...

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Strategy: Preserve Design Quality From All Perspectives

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Make an architectural gesture as you approach a solution for your design problem. Peak curiosity and invite people to approach and behold. Your architectural work will be viewed from various vantage points. Is each of them authentic to your initial architectural vision and intent? Don’t let the quality of your design degrade for your occupants as they move about the building, whether inside or outside. Preserve its integrity throughout.

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Strategy: Leverage the Use of Your Design Tools

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Use digital media as a tool to experiment with new forms, as well as their assembly. Then, see them from various perspectives as they morph through space. Be careful not to limit your design’s potential because of the digital tools you use. If there is a particular innovative design idea that you have — find a way to do it.

To Apply This Strategy, Ask Yourself:

WHAT TOOL SHOULD I USE TO EXPLORE MY DESIGN IDEA? … VERSUS… WHAT...

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