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Journal of Design Insight

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Buildings That Make You Think

As interactive architecture gives way to adaptive architecture, it becomes important to understand how a more responsive space impacts its occupants. That is, does it make decisions for them? Or, does it provide choice to get occupants to think more carefully about their own decisions? Perhaps, the adaptive architecture can decipher when to do each — giving occupants the best of both worlds.

You see, as a designer of adaptive architecture, you may not want your design to do everything...

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How to Build Change into Your Architecture

As a building stands serving its occupants over time, it goes through many changes. Some of those changes affect its design directly, and some changes occur without ever altering the way the building works. But what about adaptive architecture? Can an architecture that learns be more responsive to changes that occur?

You may ask — what specifically changes that can affect an architectural design? Well, there are changes in technology, occupant changes, and contextual changes that can...

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Can Architecture Motivate People Toward Behavior Change?

So often, as one designs architecture, this question comes up — Can an architect motivate building occupants through their work? In other words, can architecture boost motivation? Or can it help its occupants to take advantage of the motivation within them at any given time? The real question, thus, surfaces — Can architecture facilitate behavior change within occupants? You see, motivation is what is needed to engage occupants to take on new or changed behaviors.

And I...

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How Sensory Design Can Help Responsive Architecture Be More Effective

Responsive architecture is design that interacts with people. It engages them with their environment — and it impacts the way they feel, think, and behave. This is where sensory design comes in, because it is a way of designing that places the building occupant at the center, with careful attention to the way a space may impact them both in the short and long term.

You see, by paying attention to the way people experience a space, an architecture can promote better occupant lifestyle...

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How a Responsive Building Can Contribute to Its Surrounding City

Architecture that is responsive is often thought to engage the individual — meeting one person’s needs through adaptive design. But what about the collective? How can a responsive building contribute to the collective need? And how large is the collective? Is it made up of three people, an urban area, or an entire city?

First, it is important to understand that a responsive architecture can engage at the individual level. And this is important, because it is from here that the...

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How Architecture Can Help Its Occupants to Seek Out Opportunity

The relationship between architecture and occupant can be quite a beneficial one — particularly when both aim to improve occupant lifestyle. In particular, since architecture acts as a constant observer of that lifestyle, it is most beneficial when it engages its occupants to help them improve their life directly.

By finding patterns in the way people live within their environments, architecture that is adaptive can help to make use of such patterns to help turn problems into...

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Inject Reward into Architectural Design to Promote Occupant Activities

As a person works to achieve their goal, they often will encounter milestones along the way. And at these milestones it becomes important for them to assess how they are doing. Are they behind where they should be at a certain point? Are they ahead? And what happens as a result of where they are?

Well, what if an environment could pick up on cues about where an occupant is in relation to their goal? Perhaps it could use some just in time design interventions to help motivate and educate...

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Can Building Feedback Help to Increase Positive Occupant Behaviors?

If a building can provide real-time feedback to assist with promoting positive behaviors, do you think it would be a good idea to design such a building? You see, the implications to designing such a building are many. For instance, notions of privacy, control, and determining what positive behaviors to promote all feed into what might make such a building challenging to build.

Nevertheless, we can already see feedback being used to promote behaviors during regular daily life. For example,...

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Why Adaptive Materials that Can Heal May Yield New Forms of Living Assemblies (Video)

Now, in the Journal of Applied Physics, researchers at Arizona State University have created a material that may be able to not only sense damage in structural materials, such as cracking in a fiber-reinforced composite, but to even heal it. The aim of developing “autonomous adaptive structures” is to mimic the ability of biological systems such as bone to sense the presence of damage, halt its progression, and regenerate itself. — Science Daily (reprinted with adaptations...
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Can You Move Your Building Occupant to Change their Behavior?

Environment and behavior are linked. And since research is showing that this is the case, I think you as an architect should be aware of how your designs may spark certain behaviors in your building occupant. For instance, color has been said to impact mood, which in turn, impacts behavior. However, color is just one variable in a wide range of factors about architectural design that affect a person’s behavior.

But, can architecture do more than just create a behavior? What...

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