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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the studio works of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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Strategy: Find Creative Ways to Detail within Your Building

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For your building, it may help for you to develop an architectural language that relates to your building’s scale, material, and location. And as part of this language are the all-important details. Use sensory design to make your details come alive, just as the Ronchamp image above uses its details to bring poetics through its form. Thus, you should use detail to do more than “fill in” a design void. Instead, use it make architecture...

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Strategy: Find New Ways To Sculpt A Ceiling

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When your occupants look upward, what do they feel? A sense of awe? Amazement? A yearning to continue on their journey through your building? Designing a ceiling is of critical importance — and not just because this is from where much of the lighting may come. A ceiling can be sculpted to reveal masses and voids which complement what goes on below. Wonderful domes often connect occupants to the heavens, and lower ceilings often create great...

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Strategy: Explore Your Material’s Static and Transient Qualities

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The image above of The Palais Des Congres De Montreal shows how the selection of an architectural material (colored glass exterior panels) can have numerous effects that reach well into the realm of providing for a unique and positive occupant experience. As you select materials for your built space, think of more than simply how it will sit in its static position within the architecture. Think of its transient properties — created when light...

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Strategy: Building that Broadcasts Real-Time Information

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Have you ever thought about a building skin being used to broadcast real-time information? Perhaps it doesn’t have to be a direct broadcast, but rather an interpretation of information — a sort of architectural information visualization. The image above is simply to get you thinking about the exterior of your building skin, as an element which can pull or push data. Such data can be conveyed to occupants within or to building visitors in...

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Strategy: Tapping Into Your Building Skin’s Potential

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Be sure to think more holistically about what your building skin can accomplish. The building skin in the photo above helps to absorb traffic noise, and is also said to change perceptually as a visitor moves around the building. (1) So, what perceptual advantages does the design of your building skin give your occupants? While temperature control or amazing interior to exterior vistas are wonderful occupant benefits, how else can you use your building...

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Strategy: Encourage New Human Behaviors Within Your Building Design

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There are many aspects within architecture that designers currently take for granted simply because they have been done the same way for so long. While there is reason and need to meet proper building codes and other regulations, I still do think it is good for a design to question even those aspects which seem to not need questioning. Take for instance Carlo Scarpa’s stair, where his design redefines how one might think of and use a stair...

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Strategy: Leverage Light Rhythm, Axial Alignment and Reflection

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Adding to your design’s effects can happen throughout the day, transiently. Just as sunlight changes throughout the day, other elements impacting your design also change. Shadows created by the light rhythms and axial alignments are one aspect that can change your designs perception minute by minute. Additionally, issues like reflection have the power to create perceptual illusions and enhancements that will help your design relate to its...

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Strategy: Use Color to Accentuate How Your Building Works

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What happens when you use color to dictate a building language to communicate with your occupants? Do you appeal to their sense of structure or contribute to their deeper understanding about the inner-workings of your design? Some architecture conceals its inner mechanisms while other designs go out of their way to reveal them. So, I ask you — how transparent are you with your occupants when it comes to how much your building designs reveal about...

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Strategy: Interact with Nature to Innovate an Entirely New Experience

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The beauty of design is that you can uncover unique ways to respond to a site and all of its features. By seeing site features — like water, a hill, or even a tree — as aspects that can be leveraged to make your design better, you will discover exciting new ways to engage it, and thus engage your occupants. Through your architectural building design, you have the opportunity to position your occupants, to frame what they see and how they...

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Strategy: Use Materiality to Yield A Design of Synergy

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When expressing a material through an architectural work, consider its scale and texture as somewhat dynamic. That is, as your occupant moves throughout your building, they will “read” your materials from different distances and angles, in different shades of light and shadow, and with different ability to physically touch or experience them through their other senses — like the visual, the aural or even the olfaction. Your choice in...

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