Journal of Design Insight

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Design Science: The Ideal Architecture Process

Architecture has always been part design and part science, but – once again – we are in an era where the two have great potential to help one another. A design science marriage will be key as both scientists and designers strive to push their respective fields forward. Each can provide insight to the other as designers can help scientists think “outside of the box” while scientists bring newfound technologies and theories to the design disciplines...

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Architectural Design for Learning: Lessons in Lighting

When students learn in a classroom today, a wide variety of learning activities fill their day. Students learn in almost all parts of the classroom and when designed correctly, all parts have a purpose. Architectural design for learning means that an architect has provided space for a quality educational experience – and it is interesting to understand where lighting fits into the big picture.

Randall Fielding has written a paper, Learning, Lighting...

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5 Ways Hospital Design Influences Patient Health

It is no secret that hospital patients are influenced by their surroundings. Hospital design directly impacts patient health – in more ways than one might think. Today hospital designers are trying to evolve hospitals beyond their infamously sterile décor. Care is being taken to use color, nature and wayfinding to ease a patient’s hospital stay. The following are five ways hospital design influences patient health – where care should be taken to...

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10 Easy Steps to Healthy Office Design

The nature of the way we work in offices has changed over the years. Yes, ergonomics has arisen as key to comfort; but, with the advent of the technology revolution even our brains need to be kept in healthy environments. As a result of the computer age, workers are constantly busy – at times even deprived of person-to-person interaction. While bodies sit still, worker brains are influenced by the internet, email, cell phones, videos and all else that can be found via the digital age.

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Designing Architecture for the Senses Using Computer Algorithms

Sensory Design Through Computer Algorithms

What if a computer alogrithm could design architecture that targets sensory design principles? For instance, by basing its design decisons on past architectures throughout history – such an algorithm could create the “best of the best” that pulls from all that works from a sensory design standpoint. Such a tool could prove to be useful to architects, and may very well shed light on new approaches to design. However, at this point,...

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Digital Manufacturing for Algorithmic Architecture

The notion of manufacturing algorithmic pieces like panels, structural systems and other elements and components that go into making a building, pose some interesting questions and ideas for you, as an architect, to consider.

In fact, trying to turn algorithmic architecture into a reality is quite a challenge today. It requires the manufacturing of materials that can move about, shift location and morph — all aspects that make digital manufacturing a little ways off.

I read an article...

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Can Friendship Dictate Computer Language of Algorithmic Architecture?

In the image above, you can see how beautiful and revealing the implementation of algorithmic processes can be. To help you better understand what is going on in the above image, here is the author’s explanation about the mysterious and beautiful form patterns. It is curiously and simply called “Happy Place:

“256 nodes with friendships to other nodes tied together using the following rules: get as close to friends as possible, and get away from everyone else....
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What Will Algorithm Design Be Like for an Occupant to Experience?

In a world where buildings today are primarily static, not very responsive and not very well optimized, it will be intriguing to see what algorithm design for architecture can do — particularly when coupled with other fields like nanotechnology, biomimicry and neuroscience.

As an occupant, I know I would want to have a building that can adapt to meet my needs as I need them. And while it does this, I would want it to look as beautiful as ever. As a building owner, I would want...

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Transience: Nature Holds this Key to Advancing Architectural Design

Nature Teaches Transience

Learning through nature is a wonderful way to design architecture drawing from nature’s inspirational and very ingenious solutions. Nature has so much to teach designers, and designers can extract an incredible amount of design information from nature.

In fact, nature inherently contains a very important quality from which the future of architectural design can pull. You see, design transience is a complex challenge that environmental designers must face as...

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The Intangible: Responsive Architecture that Pushes and Pulls Data

The Three Scales of Data

We are living in an age where volumes of data are getting bigger and faster. People, buildings, and things are becoming evermore connected with the evolution of the internet. In the future, as responsive architecture emerges into everyday life, new opportunities will be born — particularly as design scales shift from the individual to building, and from the building to city. The relationship between architectural buildings and the urban city environments within...

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