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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the studio works of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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Smart Watch: A Bridge between Architecture and Occupant

As new innovations like the Apple iWatch emerge — one can’t help but explore what possibilities lie ahead as they make their way into the market. Of course, there will be a multitude of new applications that make good use of the hardware that smart watches like the iWatch use to help them interface with their human wearers.

But what happens to all of that information that get collected? Does it simply exist to feedback to the user, or their social networks? Surely, the information...

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Using Interactive Lenses to Enhance Occupant Experience in Buildings

Architecture is Getting Even More Personal

As new technologies are being developed, architecture is getting better at communicating with its occupants. For example, real-time communication can occur between a building’s system and an occupant’s clothing — or other worn devices, like interactive lenses.

So, does this mean that occupants will be able to control certain aspects of a building they are visiting? Yes, you can see this already happening in certain interactive...

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Experiencing Notre Dame de Paris in New Light

The beautiful Notre Dame de Paris has been recently merged with new Philips lighting technologies. In fact, its interior has been entirely augmented with state-of-the-art LED lighting that allows for Notre Dame to be experienced anew.

Of course, the lighting design for this incredible project is a balancing act between highlighting the features of Notre Dame while still being true to the original architecture.

“Philips is very proud to have placed its know-how and technology at the...
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Top 6 Ways Building Function Is Amplified By Digital Screens

Just about everywhere you go, there is a digital screen within the built environment. Such digital screens can be in the form of television screens, computer screens or even interactive window screens. You see, each of the latter acts as a focal point or anchor within a space — sometimes detracting from building function, and other times adding to it. The critical factor becomes not only where such digital screens are placed, but also how they are used. As such, building...

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Rethinking the CubeSensor to Boost Occupant Performance

Emerging technology is now able to monitor an environment’s conditions — to alert occupants should certain qualities change: like temperature, light, noise, or humidity. Such technology is being called a “CubeSensor” in that it acts as a monitoring device to help occupants regulate their surroundings —- after all, slight changes in temperature, light, or even noise can drastically affect an occupant’s performance. (1)

Such innovations, like the CubeSensor,...

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How Wearable Technology Will Change Building Occupants

Technology is moving into the wearable realm — where it will be built into the things we wear like glasses, watches, clothes, and shoes. And this brings with it many advantages like anywhere information that is presented at just the right moment. Greater personalization will also emerge as such worn-devices target their user’s preferences, habits, and behaviors. All of these advantages of wearable technology will change your building occupant. They will be more informed,...

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A New Way to Visualize Architecture: The Holograph

There is a new way to visualize architecture and communicate its design. It is a new method which comes in the form of the “holographic architectural representation system”. Now, you may be wondering what that all means — so before I go any further, have a look at the following video so you can see first-hand how holographs are changing the way architecture can be presented and communicated. See if you can spot the advantages to having such a holograph ...

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Implications of a 3D Printed House

Building construction is often an endeavor that takes a long time and costs a lot of money. Thus, advancements are being made that are changing the very nature of the way construction occurs. You see, by using robots to build houses, many benefits can be gained — particularly when those homes are built using the “Contour Crafting” method. This method is where robots build homes layer by layer. Walls can be comprised of exotic shapes without the extra cost. And all of this...

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How Touch Technologies Yield More Personalized Responsive Architecture

As we interact with buildings, we touch them. And by touching them, we usually get the building to respond in a manner that meets our needs. You can touch building features like doorknobs, flooring, handrails, wall switches, doorbells, and windows. Yet, when you touch these building features — you usually touch them in one way, to yield a “one-size-fits-all” type of response.

Well, touch technologies are now evolving, where sensors are being embedded in building features...

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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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