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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the studio works of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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Strategy: How Will Your Building Look As New Perspectives Emerge?

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As buildings get taller and taller, they are unveiling new perspectives. Different vantage points that you create for you occupants make a difference in how they not only perceive their environment, but also in how they function within it. With nanotechnology developments that improve our ability to build upward, you as an architect may need to rethink what it means to create a vertical community (or building culture) for the future. Strategizing about...

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Strategy: Use Tension in Building Design to Imply Movement

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Understand the way “tension” works in your design. The pushes and pulls of not only physical structure and forms can reveal quite beautiful elegance, but also the dynamics of special alignments and axis can bring metaphorical meanings to life. This building by Calatrava appears to be ready to take flight as it uses “tension” within its structure with alignment of axis to compose a motion which seems deliberate and ready to...

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Strategy: Translate Design Language into Inner Installations

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Many times in buildings today, lighting fixtures are added on as an afterthought. Within this Aalto work, light is deemed as special by designing and controlling the way it is emitted. Plus, the lighting design itself is a worthy design fitting into and uplifting the rest of the building. Learn to carry your design intentions through the changing spaces, scales and technologies that your architecture needs.

To Apply This Strategy, Ask Yourself:

WHEN...

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Strategy: Do Not Integrate Technology as an Afterthought

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While certain elements of this featured design by Carlo Scarpa are quite beautiful in terms of color, light, texture and harmonizing the old with the new, there are times where a magnificent design can be reduced in its impact. Within the image above notice the two wall lights that have been placed as afterthoughts (most likely added on later to this design due to building codes). Use technology to enhance your designs, not merely to fill in where it...

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Strategy: Rethink Boundary to Redefine Design Relationships

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Think of exterior and interior as being layered in both plan and section. An exterior can become and interior in multiple dimensions – and this can give your work newfound beauty as well as uniqueness. Also, rethink boundary as a technique that can be utilized from many angles. Think texture, filter, form, plan, section, surface and so on. Then, notice what happens to the space. Does it shelter and protect? Does it expose one to the public? Or...

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Strategy: Preserve Design Quality From All Perspectives

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Make an architectural gesture as you approach a solution for your design problem. Peak curiosity and invite people to approach and behold. Your architectural work will be viewed from various vantage points. Is each of them authentic to your initial architectural vision and intent? Don’t let the quality of your design degrade for your occupants as they move about the building, whether inside or outside. Preserve its integrity throughout.

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Strategy: Leverage the Use of Your Design Tools

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Use digital media as a tool to experiment with new forms, as well as their assembly. Then, see them from various perspectives as they morph through space. Be careful not to limit your design’s potential because of the digital tools you use. If there is a particular innovative design idea that you have — find a way to do it.

To Apply This Strategy, Ask Yourself:

WHAT TOOL SHOULD I USE TO EXPLORE MY DESIGN IDEA? … VERSUS… WHAT...

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Top 3 Techniques for Learning from Your Own Architectural Designs

The coming together of your architectural elements will impact occupants, to either help them or hinder them. Of course, when you design, your intention is to help occupants through the environment you create. But how can you prevent your design from being used differently, or from becoming just another status quo building? The key is to understand how the behavior of your architectural designs impact your occupants.

The following are three simple, yet profound ways for you to gain deep...

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How the Future of Concept Design for Architecture Will Change

Concept Design: The Birth of New Methodologies

Many say that the most important phase of an architectural design is the concept formulation phase. Yet, many designers debate aspects related to architectural concept design – like what is the definition of a concept, what are the proper steps needed to achieve a concept, and what makes a concept design meaningful. While there are many ways in which to approach such topics, it becomes necessary to consider how concept design evolves.

As...

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How to Design Architecture for Occupant Memory

When Memory Precedes Experience

Have you ever considered how you would like your architectural environments to be remembered? Yes, there are certain famous buildings that are recognized in an instant, and at times the “images” of such buildings spread throughout the world in iconic fashion. In this sense, a building can become so famous that people have an impression of the building before they ever personally experience it for themselves. The memory precedes the experience.

But...

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