Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the designs of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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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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Visualizing Occupant Behavior during Your Architecture Design Process

Throughout your architectural design process it is often the case that you need different tools at different points in time as you design. While some tools help you to visualize what goes on during your personalized architecture process, others help you to visualize what will go on within your final building design. So, what happens when these two worlds start to merge? Will your design visualizations be as immersive as the actual methods you use to communicate your designs to clients...

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Using New Computer Technologies to Refine Your Design Work

When designing, do you begin with a preconceived idea of what your final design will look and feel like? Do you gain inspiration and insight from things that surround you, like nature or someone else’s design? Or do you start a design not knowing what your own creative process will give birth to? In other words ——

As you design do you work toward an “end vision” or do you take on a more “experimental” design approach where you test design outcomes? Do...
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Strategy: Consider Your Building Message to Outside Observers

Featured Image Takeaway Design Strategy:

While the above photograph isn’t of a building (it is a metro sign), it suggests what may lie ahead for urban architecture. What if your building could communicate with observers in entirely new ways? Your architectural exterior skin could announce or respond to changes in weather, urban events, or even changing trends made available through the internet. Suddenly, your building becomes a beacon — that perhaps behaves differently from day...

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Strategy: During Design Concept Formation Consider Design Alignment

Featured Image Takeaway Design Strategy:

When preparing your design concept, do you ever look beyond your site to study nearby design alignments? As the image above shows, architectural design alignment can be visual as the obelisque visually connects with the Eiffel Tower. But you might not simply stop there. What about aural alignments? Are there certain sounds that you wish your architecture could connect to? For instance, in certain towns, church bells and traffic can...

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