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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the designs of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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Design Environments that Grow with Client Needs and Goals over Time

SPANNING LENGTHS OF TIME

When designing, do you give thought to how your creation will grow with its user? Of course, this means more than simply creating flexible space that allows building occupants to interchange its functionality. To truly create an environmental design that grows and evolves with its occupant means that you, as the designer, must compose the narrative of space to meet your client’s needs and predict your client’s goals as they evolve. In other words, this...

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How to Add Depth to Design Experience Using In/Visibility

THE IMPORTANCE OF IN/VISIBILITY

Some architectural design features are meant to be the focus of attention, and their visibility makes the spatial experience an unforgettable one. Yet, other architectural design features are meant to be invisible, where they are purposefully designed to recede into the background. For example, when looking through a window, there are times when one would want the window to be accentuated so it frames or makes a statement about the view. Yet, when looking...

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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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Surpass Design Tools: From Hyper-Reality to Abstract Visualization

TAILORING YOUR DESIGN TOOLS 

Your architectural design visualization tools help you to expand your design thinking and final design results. But how can you harness the power behind what these tools can do, to help you create a winning and seamless design process?

With the amazing new and ever-improving effects that such 3D visualization software tools provide, there are architectural presentation methods that can easily be seen as hyper-real in the way that they present a building...

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The Critical Role of Architecture in Propelling Human Potential

TWO CRITICAL DESIGN ELEMENTS

Architectural environments are extensions of the human body and mind. Similarly, the human body and mind becomes an extension of architectural environments. The two are intricately linked. For this reason, the role of design is evermore critical ― particularly as it takes on more interactive and adaptive dimensions. 

For example, a wonderful hospital design can work wonders to not only support, but also to nurture and even guide a patient's recovery (if...

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Scenario-Testing Your Architecture Project Prevents Design Mistakes

Have you ever made an architectural design decision that was correct for one situation, but was incorrect for another? This is an important question to ask because if you have made this type of design mistake, then your design process could use some fine tuning.

You see, developing your architectural design through various stages of drawing, modeling, and simulation are all critical to achieving wonderful environments that help occupants to thrive. But, your designs can be made better through...

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Unlock the Creativity within Your Multi-Sensory Design

IMPORTANCE OF MULTI-SENSORY DESIGN

Architectural design that pulls its inspiration and concept formulation from the desire to innovate occupant experience has great potential to uplift quality of life. And the key principle for this is to "innovate occupant experience", so improvements can be made for the way people live, work, heal, and play. When you design with an eye toward innovation, it becomes possible to create architectural narratives that help building occupants in...

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Top 5 Ways to Spark Your Initial Creative Design Idea

For so many, great change-making design ideas seem elusive. Just how does one find that initial spark that launches an entire project around a game-changing idea? Really, it can happen in unlimited ways, but the following five idea generating methods are the most common that I have experienced, and seen other designers experience as well.

· THE VISUALIZATION IDEA: This way of sparking an idea is derived from an initial glimpse into a unique design solution that evolves into...

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How to Achieve Peak Creativity Quickly

When facing a complex design challenge, how do you find creative ways to solve for it quickly? Often, such complex challenges come with quick deadlines or with solutions that take too long to find and implement. In situations like these, you need to be at peak creative levels while also engaging with that creativity fast.

 For example, just imagine working to create an architectural design concept to be entered into a competition. You need to analyze the design challenge, solve for it...

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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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