Journal of Design Insight

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Virtual / Augmented Reality as Architectural Sensory Experience

VIRTUAL REALITY AS A "REAL" EXPERIENCE

The recent interview of Andreea Cojocaru on the Voices of VR Podcast, was quite a lively discussion about the parallels, overlaps, and juxtapositions of virtual reality (VR) environments as related to physical reality environments. During the discussion, Cojocaru explains how virtual reality experience can indeed be a “real” experience as it feeds the human senses by which participants perceive and respond. (1)

Thus, the question remains: Can...

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3 Ways to Use "Meaningful Freedom" within Design to Nurture Creativity

MEANINGFUL FREEDOM WITHIN WHICH TO BE CREATIVE

Most all architectural spaces call for the need to help occupants grow their creativity. Office buildings strive for creativity to improve worker productivity, schools strive for creativity to improve student learning, and even homes strive for creativity to optimize processes, improve relationships, and to increase fun. Without creativity as an integrated design factor, architectural space runs the risk of becoming redundant.

Creativity within...

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How to Expand (and Sharpen) Your Design Process

AWAKENING TO YOUR CREATIVITY

When designing architectural environments, how do you notice your creative thinking? Yes, this question asks how you as a designer can observe your design process. Why is this important? When you become truly aware of your creative process, you are able to step outside of it to ask important questions and make critical decisions to improve and optimize how you design. For example, by observing your design process you may ask: What is this design tool helping me to...

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How Environment Design Impacts Human Performance

INCREASING MASTERY OVER TIME

When designing an architectural environment, terms like function and form are often used. But what do these terms mean in a more profound sense? And how can one take these terms into deeper levels of meaning to reach truly poetic innovation?

A critical aspect of function and form is to understand what they can achieve for building occupants when fused together within a design. For example, when function and form converge and are designed to target occupant needs...

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The Fluidity of Nature in Architectural Response

ENVIRONMENTS THAT “BREATHE”

Nature is made of a multitude of rhythms, patterns, and cycles, and such relationships drive its dynamic fluidity. One can understand these relationships in nature as the water cycle, nitrogen cycle, and carbon cycles of respiration and photosynthesis. (1) But what do these natural rhythms, patterns, and cycles have to do with environmental design? A lot. You see, as emerging technologies continue to proliferate as they are ubiquitously embedded into...

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How to Leverage Virtual Reality (VR) Within Your Design Process

HYPER-COMMUNICATION USING VIRTUAL REALITY (VR)

Communication is a vital part of the architectural design and presentation process. Whether you are communicating with your design team, or with a client, the way you present your project matters. For this reason, it is important to think about multi-sensory design in terms of experience immersion during the design stages. In other words, how do you go about presenting your design project (at its various stages) to yourself, your design team, or...

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How to Create an Architectural Meta-Experience

DESIGN FOR THE META-EXPERIENCE

What if an architectural environment could change, learn, and adapt to help occupants as they live, work, heal, or play within a given space? Furthermore, what if such an environment allowed visitors to leave their own “mark” within its design fabric, so future occupants could perceive what came before? Of course, there are times when this may not be desirable, but what about situations where an occupant can make a positive difference upon a space by...

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5 Smart Ways to Start Your Creativity Practice

CHANGE IS THE KEY TO CREATIVITY

As an architectural designer, you are often both problem-solving and striving to reach your fullest creative expression through your building designs. When these two goals are met, you as an architect have the ability to transform occupant life for the better – all because you are not settling for “default” design answers to complex design challenges. This means that you are striving for optimal creativity.

How often do you work to improve...

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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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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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