Journal of Design Insight

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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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The Critical Role of Architecture in Propelling Human Potential

TWO CRITICAL DESIGN ELEMENTS

Architectural environments are extensions of the human body and mind. Similarly, the human body and mind becomes an extension of architectural environments. The two are intricately linked. For this reason, the role of design is evermore critical ― particularly as it takes on more interactive and adaptive dimensions. 

For example, a wonderful hospital design can work wonders to not only support, but also to nurture and even guide a patient's recovery (if...

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Scenario-Testing Your Architecture Project Prevents Design Mistakes

Have you ever made an architectural design decision that was correct for one situation, but was incorrect for another? This is an important question to ask because if you have made this type of design mistake, then your design process could use some fine tuning.

You see, developing your architectural design through various stages of drawing, modeling, and simulation are all critical to achieving wonderful environments that help occupants to thrive. But, your designs can be made better through...

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Unlock the Creativity within Your Multi-Sensory Design

IMPORTANCE OF MULTI-SENSORY DESIGN

Architectural design that pulls its inspiration and concept formulation from the desire to innovate occupant experience has great potential to uplift quality of life. And the key principle for this is to "innovate occupant experience", so improvements can be made for the way people live, work, heal, and play. When you design with an eye toward innovation, it becomes possible to create architectural narratives that help building occupants in...

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Top 5 Ways to Spark Your Initial Creative Design Idea

For so many, great change-making design ideas seem elusive. Just how does one find that initial spark that launches an entire project around a game-changing idea? Really, it can happen in unlimited ways, but the following five idea generating methods are the most common that I have experienced, and seen other designers experience as well.

· THE VISUALIZATION IDEA: This way of sparking an idea is derived from an initial glimpse into a unique design solution that evolves into...

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How to Achieve Peak Creativity Quickly

When facing a complex design challenge, how do you find creative ways to solve for it quickly? Often, such complex challenges come with quick deadlines or with solutions that take too long to find and implement. In situations like these, you need to be at peak creative levels while also engaging with that creativity fast.

 For example, just imagine working to create an architectural design concept to be entered into a competition. You need to analyze the design challenge, solve for it...

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How Creatives Use Narrative to Create Extraordinary Experiential Flow

When thinking about and designing architecture, you develop design processes that work for you. But how often do you step outside your own architectural design process to learn from other design and creative fields? Have you every delved into what it is like for a book author to write a book? Or a filmmaker to produce a film? Or a game designer to create the next epic video game? 

You may be wondering...Other than the fact that there is creativity and design involved in making buildings,...

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Win Clients in New Markets with Confidence in Your Design Presentation

There are many architectural firms trying to enter new markets in effort to expand their project portfolio, client base, and create revenue growth. However, the difficulty arises when an architect's confidence is weakened because they do not yet have experience with completing any projects that fit into the new market category. The "catch 22" becomes:

How do you gain experience in a new market, when you do not have any experience to show you can do the job?

So, how do you gain the trust,...

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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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