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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the designs of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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Multi-Sensory Emergence in the Architectural Creative Process

THE EMERGENCE OF CREATIVITY

The creative process is like a spring. You wind-up the spring to prepare for its release. When creating, I absorb in the world and explore internally (my wind-up), and then I have creative emergence (my release). And as I delve into my creative practice, I alternate between the two.

How do you "absorb" as you prepare to "release" your creativity within your design solution? Emergence works very well, when a designer dives deeply into exploration, testing, and...

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Hand-Drawing vs Digital-Drawing: How to See Your Design More Deeply

THE PRECIOUSNESS OF DRAWING

When analyzing the finished results between a hand-drawing versus a digital-drawing, the stylistic differences are easy to see. Both types of drawings can be very beautiful, if thoughtfully composed. Yet, a designer will think about what they are drawing very differently depending on which drawing process they use. With hand-drawing, the designer often strives to “capture” insight with each line drawn. With digital-drawing, the designer often strives to...

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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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3 Ways to Use "Meaningful Freedom" within Design to Nurture Creativity

MEANINGFUL FREEDOM WITHIN WHICH TO BE CREATIVE

Most all architectural spaces call for the need to help occupants grow their creativity. Office buildings strive for creativity to improve worker productivity, schools strive for creativity to improve student learning, and even homes strive for creativity to optimize processes, improve relationships, and to increase fun. Without creativity as an integrated design factor, architectural space runs the risk of becoming redundant.

Creativity within...

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Virtual / Augmented Reality as Architectural Sensory Experience

VIRTUAL REALITY AS A "REAL" EXPERIENCE

The recent interview of Andreea Cojocaru on the Voices of VR Podcast, was quite a lively discussion about the parallels, overlaps, and juxtapositions of virtual reality (VR) environments as related to physical reality environments. During the discussion, Cojocaru explains how virtual reality experience can indeed be a “real” experience as it feeds the human senses by which participants perceive and respond. (1)

Thus, the question remains: Can...

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The Sensorial Designs of Claudio Silvestrin: Minimalism as a Catalyst of Deeper Expression

Image Credit: © Aldo Castoldi 

EXPERIENCING SPATIAL REFLECTION

To experience the latest book by Claudio Silvestrin is to experience architecture on a more spiritual level. The book is entitled Claudio Silvestrin’s Timeless Italian Style Architecture Design Philosophy (affiliate link), and as I turned the pages to consciously experience his work, I savored the moments as they evoked peace, joy, and even spiritual sensibility. Throughout, Silvestrin’s spatial sketches...

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How Environment Design Impacts Human Performance

INCREASING MASTERY OVER TIME

When designing an architectural environment, terms like function and form are often used. But what do these terms mean in a more profound sense? And how can one take these terms into deeper levels of meaning to reach truly poetic innovation?

A critical aspect of function and form is to understand what they can achieve for building occupants when fused together within a design. For example, when function and form converge and are designed to target occupant needs...

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What if Architecture Fused with Game Design?

EXPANDING HUMAN POTENTIAL & PERFORMANCE

Is all of life a game-like journey? Or is the journey more of an experiential process with no real end-goal? Whatever life seems to be at a given moment, it is interesting to consider what physical environments would be like if they were designed with a gaming mentality.

Game design theories and principles can help designers to do more than simply integrate “reward” into an experiential journey. For example, an environment could tell a...

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How to Leverage Virtual Reality (VR) Within Your Design Process

HYPER-COMMUNICATION USING VIRTUAL REALITY (VR)

Communication is a vital part of the architectural design and presentation process. Whether you are communicating with your design team, or with a client, the way you present your project matters. For this reason, it is important to think about multi-sensory design in terms of experience immersion during the design stages. In other words, how do you go about presenting your design project (at its various stages) to yourself, your design team, or...

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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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