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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the studio works of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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How Environment Design Impacts Human Performance

INCREASING MASTERY OVER TIME

When designing an architectural environment, terms like function and form are often used. But what do these terms mean in a more profound sense? And how can one take these terms into deeper levels of meaning to reach truly poetic innovation?

A critical aspect of function and form is to understand what they can achieve for building occupants when fused together within a design. For example, when function and form converge and are designed to target occupant needs...

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How Counterintuitive Sensory Design Ideas Fuel Innovation

YOUR “TECHNOLOGY FOCUS” DESIGN PHASE

As an architect, it is important to be aware of the potential positive and negative effects of emerging technologies as these become ubiquitously embedded within environments. For this reason, the concept design stage of a project is an ideal phase within which to creatively and strategically harness the positive benefits such technologies bring. For example, have you dedicated time within your design process to innovate the place you are...

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How to Leverage Virtual Reality (VR) Within Your Design Process

HYPER-COMMUNICATION USING VIRTUAL REALITY (VR)

Communication is a vital part of the architectural design and presentation process. Whether you are communicating with your design team, or with a client, the way you present your project matters. For this reason, it is important to think about multi-sensory design in terms of experience immersion during the design stages. In other words, how do you go about presenting your design project (at its various stages) to yourself, your design team, or...

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How to Create an Architectural Meta-Experience

DESIGN FOR THE META-EXPERIENCE

What if an architectural environment could change, learn, and adapt to help occupants as they live, work, heal, or play within a given space? Furthermore, what if such an environment allowed visitors to leave their own “mark” within its design fabric, so future occupants could perceive what came before? Of course, there are times when this may not be desirable, but what about situations where an occupant can make a positive difference upon a space by...

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How Architectural Poetics Improves Human Performance

ARCHITECTURE FOR A BETTER WORLD

With the design of each built environment, it is possible to help make the world a better place for individuals, the collective, and the planet. The key is to rise as architectural designers to create poetic architecture, not mere status quo buildings. You see, it is with poetic architecture that environmental design can awaken potential to nurture the self-actualization of those it serves.

Three key architectural effects impact building occupants through...

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How to Create Life-Changing Architecture

INTERACTION: A CRITICAL COMPONENT

The following quote from my book, Adaptive Sensory Environments, stands as a simple yet profound call for environmental designers to look deeply into the function, beauty, and meaning in their works. As technologies continue to advance at rapid rates,interaction with it through environments is increasingly becoming an overlooked part of everyday life.

The quote I am referring to is as follows:

“[A] successful adaptive architecture is one where the...

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How Design Fiction Can Help Your Design Iteration Process

FREEING YOUR DESIGN MIND

As an environmental designer, it is important to make smart design decisions during your creative process – at all stages. This is where the practice of design fiction can be injected into your process, to help you formulate not just one design solution that you iterate; but a variety of possible solutions that you can compare, test, or explore quickly at the beginning of your concept formulation process. Design fiction allows you as a designer to ask better...

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How "Unbuildable" Design Concepts Can Advance Architecture

DISCOVER NEW INNOVATIVE POSSIBILITIES

When designing, it is important to consistently strive to push your body of work, so your next project is better than the last. Ideally, as you progress from design project to project, you are learning new insights and techniques that feed into future projects. But what about design projects that are conceptual, and “unbuildable”? Have you ever worked on a conceptual environmental design where the goal was not to build, but discover new...

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Schematic Design – Using an Occupant-Centered Design Approach

INTRODUCTION: THE DEFINITION

Schematic design is the first stage of an architectural design project, and within this phase there are important milestones to get right that will greatly leverage the project’s results throughout the rest of its impending design phases. For example, by iteratively designing through various schematic prototypes, it becomes possible to optimize one’s design concept idea in a way that prevents future errors and expands the discovery of new design...

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Urban Architecture – A Design Process of Co-Creation

INTRODUCTION – ADAPTIVE URBAN ARCHITECTURE

Urban design within cities around the world has impact upon the citizens they serve. As environmental designers, it is important to continuously evolve how cities beneficially influence citizens as they live their daily lives within these urban areas. A critical way by which to accomplish this is to design urban architecture within such cities so they cooperate and collaborate together to yield a relationship of co-creation with their...

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