Journal of Design Insight

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10 Great Ideas for Designs that Promote Green Human Behavior

Richard Whitehall is an industrial designer and partner at Smart Design where he works to design what he calls “responsible behavior”. I found this great article, here, where you can see exactly what goes on daily at this industrial designer’s desk.

I like this article because within it are some gems that might help you design places for better occupant interactions. Here are some of his ideas that I think make his designs successful — really promoting green...

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High-Tech Ivy for Your Building Façade

This solar and wind project is unique because it takes technology beyond just being “tacked on” to a building. These micro solar panels mimic nature’s ivy, really bringing life to the otherwise redundant ways we typically see energy being stored.

Your building façade will be able to do even more…

The Grow project (still in the prototyping stage) is a solar and wind energy storage system used as cladding for exterior walls. Inspired by nature in...
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New Ways to Bring Nature into Architecture

BREAKING THE BOUNDARY

Usually, nature is thought of as something “outside”. But what happens when the line between “inside” and “outside” blur? How can we bring nature into architecture?

In his book Natural Architecture, Alessandro Rocca writes about the notion of architecture as “sheltering” us from nature. (1) In fact, his book Natural Architecture explains how nature can be “exposed” through design — to...

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Biomimicry: Architecture Inspired By Nature

NATURE AS INSPIRATION

By taking a look around, designers can find inspiration everywhere – particularly in nature. Nature provides us with an amazing array of solutions for many complex problems that we face today – the quest to learn from nature in this way is “biomimicry”, and architecture can benefit from this kind of approach.

At times what may seem as “simple” in nature can translate to better design solutions that are more...

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Architecture, Nature and Occupant Stress

THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF NATURE

Healing environments often integrate nature to help de-stress patients. Nature can be a beautiful distraction or have physiological benefits. Either way, nature is important because it has been proven to reduce pain and subsequent stress. In the book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, patients with views of trees heal more quickly and with less pain than those with views of blank walls. So, how can architecture best incorporate nature to reap all of its...

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Augmented Reality: Merger between Digital and Physical Architecture

Architecture is perceived as its occupants travel through its spaces physically, and the experience of doing so can mean traveling within rather static or fixed architectural features and elements. However, there is a more dynamic opportunity for architecture to be more personalized for occupant need — and that means the merger of augmented reality with architecture.

The Harvard Graduate School of Design student, Greg Tran, has recently created a thesis project video presentation which...

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The Future of Architecture as Impacted by Augmented Reality

Technological convergence has led us to the proliferation of the mobile device — and with that will come some big changes for the way architecture get perceived. You see, with mobile devices you will be able to perceive of buildings through more informational dimensions. In fact, by simply looking at a museum (when approaching it from the exterior), you may be able to use such a mobile device to see what exhibits are inside, or even to see what objects are inside. And this is all thanks...

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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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