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Journal of Design Insight

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How Sensemaking in Architectural Design Can Help Occupants (Video)

Video Summary

Occupants engage in all sorts of activities as they travel about your building designs. Some of these activities can range from things like learning to healing — and your buildings sensors can pick up on their behavioral patterns to detect (through its sensemaking abilities) how they might be doing. The reason, and key for this, is to determine the best time within their day to interact with them through your architectural design.

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How Building Design Can Affect Occupant Decision Making (Video)

Video Summary

In the video today, I delve into various ways architectural design speaks to its occupants as it inherently provides “choice”. And as an architect, you hold the key as you design such architectural elements, which all affect your occupant in a multitude of ways. For instance, many of these elements either compete with each other, or work with each other, as they offer incentives (or deterrents) that may influence your occupant’s decision-making as they travel...

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Transient Elements within Hospital Design Can Improve Patient Healing

Video Summary

In today’s video, I explore how a patient room within a hospital can be designed as a narrative made up of a patient’s behaviors. By being able to orchestrate room elements within a hospital design’s patient room, you as an architect can bring building elements to foster healing by tapping into both the patient’s cognitive and behavioral processes.

As you watch this video, think of how you might tap into the resources with such a room, so that they...

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Formulate Your Architectural Design Concept by Detecting Patterns

Video Introduction

By becoming highly aware of pattern both within your architectural designs and within the way your occupants use them, you can significantly boost your ability as an architect to design for better experiences. There is a point where pattern becomes behavior, and your awareness of not only when this occurs, but also what it affects is key as you create building designs that will interact with your occupants. In today’s video, I walk you through the relationships...

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How Adaptive Sensory Environments Expand Human Potential

About the Feeling Good in Public Spaces Conference

On December 8th, 2016, the Multi-Sensory Design - Creating Healthier Public Spaces conference event was held in London, England (UK). I am honored to have been a speaker at the event, and am delighted to share my talk with you now:

Introduction 

Adaptive sensory environments work by harnessing the powers of adaptive learning to help building occupants meet not only their short-term needs, but also their longer-term goals. By acting as a...

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Can Architecture Increase Workplace Creativity?

Fostering Creative Thinking

Architectural design emphasis is often placed on productivity, particularly for workplace environments. However, an increasingly important goal for such environments is to also foster occupant workplace creativity. After all, when productivity and creativity work in unison, then greater innovative momentum can be achieved.

But just how might an architectural environment promote more creativity in occupants?

First, it becomes important to note that creativity is...

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How an Architectural Exterior Design Impacts Occupant Journey

Using Sensory Design for an Architectural Exterior

When it comes to sensory design, much emphasis is placed on architectural interiors that aim to uplift occupant well-being. And this is critical to get right within a design project. But what about the architectural exterior? How can one use sensory design to create exteriors that foster the right occupant journey? A journey that is started well before an occupant ever enters a building, and a journey that is completed well after they leave.

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Architectural Smellscape: Designing for the Olfactory Occupant Journey

Rediscovering the Environmental Smellscape

Have you ever thought of “smellscapes” for design? And have you ever considered that you could compose smells for the olfactory sense to promote certain responses through memory? Well, the olfactory sense is an important part of the way we experience our surroundings. An article featuring Sissel Tolaas, who is a chemist specializing in olfactory information, teaches very interesting points about how smell impacts us. In fact, Tolaas...

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Data Mining for Healthcare Architecture and Beyond

Real-Time Feedback for Improvement

Using social media to collect real-time feedback about a product, design, or event is becoming evermore popular. In fact, healthcare practitioners are now looking into ways to mine such data for the collection of “patient experience clues”. (1) After all, time is of the essence. By receiving patient experience feedback in real-time, it becomes possible for medical teams to make adjustments, and improve their performance to help patients heal...

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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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