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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the designs of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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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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How Social Media Impacts Architectural Perception

With the proliferation of mobile technologies, the world is getting smaller and more social. You see, mobile technologies bring with them the capability of global real-time communication, and this can have an impact on the way architecture gets perceived. Social media, together with mobile devices, allows for what I call “everywhere information” — and this information can be used to convey architecture to the masses as well as to inform an architectural experience more...

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As Architectural Technology Does More, Will Occupants Like Doing Less?

As architectural technology gains greater capability to do more, will occupants like doing less? Well, I think much of the debate revolves around two issues: control and privacy. And when these two issues are dealt with correctly, technology can serve to lift limitations — so occupants can do more of the things they want to do.

You see, with technologies that monitor occupant behaviors through the objects they use and through the routines with which they engage daily, less is private...

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How Smart Windows Can Improve or Destroy Your Architectural Design

Samsung has come out with a transparent smart window, and I think it will be interesting to see how this impacts architectural design. You see, such a smart window provides much added functionality — particularly if certain apps get created for this particular “window-type” smart use.

So, will such a smart window do much to improve architectural design? Or could it destroy an architectural design if not integrated correctly? Well, I think it can do both, depending on how...

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Using Sensory Design with Tracking Technologies to Promote Health

Lately, many technologies are surfacing that help with the tracking of a person’s physiological signals for health. Such a technology is sleep tracking technology which monitors heart rate, movement, and breathing. So, when a person lies in bed sleeping, data is being collected about the quality of that person’s sleep. (1)

Yet, what can you, as an architect, do with such data to help your occupants? And can architecture be the go-between that pulls from data which tracks health,...

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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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