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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the studio works of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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Personalizing Architecture through Interface Design

What if certain aspects of architectural design could be personalized for occupants? Such interactive architecture could reach out to people in different ways so environment would heighten experience for each individual user.

Personalizing certain aspects of architectural experience would make architectural design more intuitive for occupants. To make this work, architectural sensors could receive occupant information from everyday objects used by the occupant. In turn, architecture would...

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Schools: Interactive Architecture for Learning

Schools need more than just flex space. Converting space from one use to another is good, but designers must pay particular attention to how each space influences students as they engage in different learning activities and methods. Did you know that classrooms today must provide a great variety of functions? The following is a quick list of just a few of the main functions classrooms today provide: 

  • quiet reading
  • internet
  • video
  • multi-media
  • shared computer applications
  • personal computer...
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Interactive Architecture and Corporate Cultural Evolution

This design by Perkins + Will in Holland, Michigan said that they needed an “environment that would change their culture”, according to Architectural Record’s report. This brings up an interesting point. How can interactive architecture help with a corporation’s cultural evolution?

The culture of a place has to do with how its occupants interrelate with each other, with their clients and with their daily work. As corporations grow their cultures evolve – as do...

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How Building Data Visualization Can Make You a Better Architect

The emergence of big data is bringing with it some very interesting insights into how we can better understand the world around us, and the way we live within its fluctuations. Of course, analyzing this without a plan could be overwhelming and complex, but with data visualization and analysis techniques you can begin to get unique insights into how to make positive changes for better living. For instance, did you know that you can begin to use collected data to help improve the way you...

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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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