Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the designs of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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Boosting Building Experience with Integrated High-Tech Nature

As a designer you are probably always thinking about new and exciting ways to integrate nature into your design. Yes, nature needs to harmonize with your design aesthetically and functionally — but what if it could also interact with your design — virtually?

There are times within an architectural space when actual nature is not feasible. For instance, a hospital patient room does not usually include nature within the room for fear of bacteria and so on. Thus, virtual nature can...

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How Mobile Technology Will Augment Physical Space

As more and more technologies converge into smaller and more mobile devices, the spaces that we build are being understood and perceived in entirely new ways. In fact, when a person experiences a physical space with a mobile device, it can be augmented — where new dimensions about the space are revealed to the observer, within which it is made easier to navigate, remember, and find comfort.

For instance, in the following video, technology augments life’s experiences from the...

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Invoked Computing Objects Help Architecture Improve Its Nervous System

“Invoked computing” is a term being used to describe how everyday objects can gain mega-functionality by having computer functions applied to them. These developments predict a world where there are no location-specific computers like we have today, but where everyday objects can be used as computers — even a banana, as you will see in the following video demonstration.

 

There is a point where architecture works hand-in-hand with the objects within it: such as in a...

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Design Effectiveness: Three Keys to Extend Building Lifespan

Does your architectural design’s effectiveness deteriorate over time? Or does it improve? In other words, does your design solution stand the test of time by remaining meaningful and purposeful for occupants? Or is your solution short-lived – only solving for a short-term need, but not solving for longer-term goals?

In order to extend the lifespan of your building, it is important to design your architectural solution so that it can improve over time. Of course, there are several...

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How to Create Innovative Architectural Design Concepts

Position Your Work Innovatively

It is important to pull optimally from latest findings in other fields in order to position your architectural design concepts innovatively. You see, architecture benefits from findings in fields like neuroscience, nanotechnology, biomimicry, and beyond. After all, neuroscience will help you to design more attuned architecture as you gain greater understanding into how occupants think, behave, and feel. Biomimicry will help you to pull from the genius of nature...

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Can a House Design Prepare Its Occupants for the Day Ahead

Lessening the Resistance of Habit Formation

House design can do more than simply be a passive player in its occupant’s life. Yes, homes can do more. They can serve to proactively foster, support, and propel growth in their occupants. For example, have you ever considered how a house design could be orchestrated to prepare its occupants for the day ahead? This means that the home would not simply sit idly by waiting to be used. Instead, it would be designed so that its feature...

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How to Create Architectural Design Solutions that Matter

There are times when designers are lured by the process of creating a solution without giving much preliminary thought to whether the solution is really and critically needed. This is equivalent to spending a lot of time and effort following the wrong path, which leads to design solutions with little benefit or positive impact. Thus, it is imperative to really delve into the core problem of your project. By finding and solving for this core problem, you will be designing at the point of...

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Design Better Architecture by Predicting Occupant Need

Today’s article is all about how you can do a better job at predicting occupant need to improve your design — in other words, finding ways to engage your building occupant with what matters to them, when and how they need it most. This often means that you will need to understand your occupants’ “flow” before-hand, to create a truly humane environment where they can thrive by reaching their goals and enjoying their journey toward accomplishing them.

Three...

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How Famous Architecture Becomes So Iconic

Famous architecture can be instantly recognized from anywhere in the world. You can see a photograph of a famous building, and get an instant sense of its larger context like its location’s culture, architect’s style, and timely era. In other words, famous architecture can become iconic. But, why does this happen? Why do some buildings get all the fame, while others sit quietly by, doing their respective “jobs”? And perhaps the more pertinent question becomes...

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Why Architecture Details Yield Architecture Styles

Architecture details come together to yield more than the sum of their parts. Individually, a detail can be observed through sight, touch, or even sound — and it is the architecture detail that can leave a lasting impression on a building occupant. You see, as a building occupant travels through an environment, it is the architecture details that they come into contact with most. They touch the railing. They see the glazing framework. Or they even form a first impression...

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