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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the studio works of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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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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How Digital Media Will Impact the Perception of Architectural Space

Architectural space has a very interesting relationship with digital media, and digital media affects architectural space in some very unique ways. The first, and most obvious way, is that architectural space is often created and modeled using digital media.

This, of course, impacts the end-result of what a building will look and feel like once constructed — as within digital media production environments, much can be manipulated to create truly unique “places”.

The latter...

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Built Form Urban Video Interacts With Nature to Create New Experiences

I invite you to think about how you can use dynamic installations within your built form designs to enhance effects for your occupants as they travel and experience your buildings. For example, with video installations you may make a statement, create a new kind of beauty or even “reframe” something that has been in existence without changing for a long time.

The Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, Chicago, presents quite a unique experience. Through video that is...

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From Hand-Drafted Building Blueprints to Virtual Models and Beyond

Technology does not just affect the way we construct buildings. It also affects the way you as an architect communicate your vision. From the time of drafting building blueprints by hand to our present day drafting carried out in virtual model spaces, your goal as an architect is still the same — to realize your vision and communicate it back to yourself as well as to others.

Yet, I cannot help but question what within the design process is different within an...

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Top 7 Ways 3D Room Design Can Help You Realize Beautiful Design Vision

Over recent years, digital media for architectural design has given way to a multitude of different 3D room design tools. As such, tools like 3D Studio Max, Rhino, Revit and now Twinmotion2 have entered the design field giving architects a new sort of “pen” with which to virtually “ink” their designs, not only to benefit their own design process — but to more quickly produce 3D room design still visualizations and walk-throughs to communicate...

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Using Mobile Laser Scanners to Create Architectural Visualization

New technologies like mobile laser scanners are making it easier to capture greater detail of real-life 3D space in a fraction of the time it would normally take to mentally deconstruct, document and virtually render those spaces for either architectural contract documents or for an architectural visualization. Such technologies, as they advance, are helping architects to bring back to the office what they observe on the field — particularly helpful if working to design a project...

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How Computer Games Can Change the World One Building Design at a Time

I think it is interesting for you as an architect to take a look at another dimension of something you use everyday — the computer. More specifically, think of how you typically work to design your own visualizations of a building design for the future.

Perhaps you start with real world challenges and work backwards from them to come up with your masterpiece. But what if, instead, you could just have a “design playground” of sorts, in which to hone your design skills and let...

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