Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the designs of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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Strategy: Rethink Boundary to Redefine Design Relationships

Featured Image Takeaway Design Strategy:

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

Featured Image Takeaway Design Strategy:

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

Featured Image Takeaway Design Strategy:

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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Avoid Conflicting Design Solutions by Injecting Time

Detecting A Problematic Function

Have you ever designed for a solution that works in one environment and not in another? For instance, a certain architectural feature that uses color-shifting glass might work for the design of a restaurant, but not for the design of a library. Or a smart watch’s alarm reminding you to check your email or voice-message works well if sounding when you are waiting on a bus, but conflicts tremendously if alerting you while you are driving.

As you can see in...

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How to Create Healthcare Design Ideas from “Healing-Flow”

What is “Healing-Flow”?

The place to start innovating healthcare design ideas is by better understanding patient needs. This includes not only a deep understanding of what limits their healing process, but also a deep understanding of what propels their healing process. You see, there are ideal conditions which, when realized, can greatly help in making sure a patient gets the best possible care. And a strategic environmental design is critical to helping a patient’s ideal...

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How Your Environment Can Help You Design Better

Your environments are an extension of you. They can mirror your emotional state, can prompt you toward your next activities, can calm you down when you need tranquility and can help you to socialize when you want interaction with other people. But how can you use the environments around you to actually help you design better? Can environments trigger behavior change that helps you to reach your goals — thus, helping you to achieve what you may not have otherwise accomplished?

Everyday...

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When Glass in Architecture is Twice as Durable as Steel

What would you do within your design if you had access to glass in architecture that was stronger and more durable than steel? Would you span longer distances with it? Create more transparent and “warped” forms with it? Or might you even create new combinations of perceptual intrigue — like a transparent cantilever which extends outward further, or a transparent building base which makes all that is above it appear to “float”.

Such questions in...

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