Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the studio works of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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How to Enhance Your Design with a Creative Spark

DESIGN INSIGHT

How often do you capture a "creative spark"? The photograph above depicts a creative spark I had while formulating the concept for my next philosophical-design project. (It is a diagrammatic light study that I am now developing further by using 3D computer visualization techniques.) As you can see, this initial physical model is a quick handmade prototype to help yield proof of concept: built to see if this creative spark has depth for further development. The key when modeling...

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How Architectural Poetics Improves Human Performance

ARCHITECTURE FOR A BETTER WORLD

With the design of each built environment, it is possible to help make the world a better place for individuals, the collective, and the planet. The key is to rise as architectural designers to create poetic architecture, not mere status quo buildings. You see, it is with poetic architecture that environmental design can awaken potential to nurture the self-actualization of those it serves.

Three key architectural effects impact building occupants through...

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A Filmmaking Tool for Dynamic Architectural Design

THE BRIDGE BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND FILM

The link between architectural design and film is an important one. For instance, designers may think of architectural space as narrative, which is also a way to think about the sequential frames that yield a film. But have you ever thought about using the tools and process that filmmakers use to help you visualize your architectural design during its initial concept development stage?

Specifically, the storyboarding technique is very beneficial to...

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Do You Design Architecture "Beyond the Box"?

TRANSLATING DRIVERS THROUGH YOUR DESIGN PROCESS

As an environmental designer, how do you keep your creative edge sharp? In other words, what do you do to keep your design process fresh and innovative as it pulls from your experience, research, and skillset? When doing this as an architect, your creativity will be ever-expanding and your ability to think “beyond the box” will grow evermore genius.

Developing the ability to evolve your design process is critical not only to your...

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How to Design for Human Happiness (as defined by Aristotle)

DESIGN FOR HAPPINESS

How can environments be designed to nurture human happiness? How can environments work to help people evolve into the best version of themselves? These are important questions for which to factor as you perceive, use, and/or design environments. Such thinking allows you to push your architectural designs into new realms, that go beyond short-term function – to also incorporate solutions for long term fulfillment.

In the book entitled Aristotle’s Way, the...

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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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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 Counterintuitive Sensory Design Ideas Fuel Innovation

YOUR “TECHNOLOGY FOCUS” DESIGN PHASE

As an architect, it is important to be aware of the potential positive and negative effects of emerging technologies as these become ubiquitously embedded within environments. For this reason, the concept design stage of a project is an ideal phase within which to creatively and strategically harness the positive benefits such technologies bring. For example, have you dedicated time within your design process to innovate the place you are...

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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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