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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the designs of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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How an Interactive Holograph Can Simplify Spatial Problems

As a building designer I think it is important for you to ask yourself about how you can make certain functions within the building better — particularly when within a certain room, for instance, where its functions might be highly specialized and complex. As an example, you can think about how a surgeon might work within an operating room, and then ask yourself about what technologies and design methods can help to make that doctor’s surgical procedure better, whether...

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How Architecture Space Can Thrive by Pulling Information Patterns

Buildings today continue to move from static to fluid design, and this fluidity is expressed by integrating not only new materials with amazing behavioral properties, but also by pulling information patterns from a building’s context. Interestingly, it is this “pulling” of sorts that can bring architectural fluidity toward architectural adaptability.

So, what does it mean for a building to pull? And where might it pull from?

As we can see with the...

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The Rise of Information Visualization in Architecture

I just couldn’t resist! I had to try out Wordle — a new site where one can create their own word clouds based on inputted data. In fact, I created a Sensing Architecture Wordle word cloud (as you can see in the image found within this post). Wordle presents just one form of information visualization; however, new ways of seeing information are beginning to surface all over – and they are making sense of greater and greater complexity.

Places like ...

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How to Choose the Best 3D VIZ Software to Visualize Your Design

Finding the Strengths in Your 3D VIZ Software

The software you choose to realize your design vision will determine to some extent how far you push that design vision. After all, a software for gaming will help you create more interactive and responsive architecture, while a software for nature visualization will help you create more biophilic architecture.

Knowing which software tool to use to realize the different aspects of your design concept vision is critical. And if you do not take the...

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Top 5 Goals Your Architectural Rendering Can Accomplish

When you create an architectural rendering, do you stop to think about what exactly you are trying to convey? Perhaps you consider who your audience is — a certain rendering type might appeal to a review board, while another rendering type might appeal to your client. The main idea is for your architectural rendering to capture and convey not only the poetic essence of your particular project, but also the logistical information as well.

You see, an architectural...

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Why Your Design Model Should Highlight Occupant Narrative

When working to create your architectural design presentation — how do you communicate the benefits of your design to your client? Do you simply rely on your design model to explain how the design will look? Or do you use it to explain the positive value that your client will get out of inhabiting your design?

You see, you can be strategic about the way you use your presentation design model when communicating with your client. You can use it to show how their needs and goals will be...

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How to Maximize Your Rendering Lighting to Communicate What You Mean

Often, an architectural rendering is about capturing a moment. And that moment is meant to communicate to its observer something deeper behind that architecture. In particular, the lighting within a given rendering becomes quite revealing, as it sets the scene and brings life to materials. You see, light and shadow help a rendering to express itself. In fact, the following is a list of the various ways light and shadow help renderings to communicate:

- Time of Day

- Geometric Form

-...

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Using 3D Models to Help You Create Architecture for the Senses

Do you ever design while you work on your 3D models? And have you ever stopped to think about what that model is telling you about your design? In other words, is it giving you all of the information you need to assess whether your design is unfolding in the way that it should? Of course, the model is heavily biased toward the visual sense — so it helps you to understand factors like lighting and materiality. But what about the other senses? How do you understand how your design...

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Can Your 3D Model Capture Poetics in Your Design?

When one thinks of architectural poetics, often the notion of “sense of place” comes to mind. That is, when an architecture exudes a memory, both collective and individual — it captures a design that becomes more than the sum of its parts. At times, designs incorporate metaphor where the architectural meaning transcends its geometric forms. And at its essence, a poetic architecture can be beautiful, made of a beauty that feeds the senses.

So the question becomes: How do you...

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Can Interactive 3D Modeling Change the Way You Design?

Imagine combining the power of physical modeling with the power of virtual 3D modeling while working on your architectural design. With a physical model, you pick up its pieces and parts. You study them and “play” with their proportions, geometric forms, and location within your model. With a virtual model you can see materiality and complex assemblies fairly quickly. But what happens when you combine the power of both ways of modeling into one?

Well, you wind up with a...

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