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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the designs of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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Avoid this Architectural Technology Integration Mistake when Designing

INTRODUCTION

When designing, how do you avoid this common architectural technology integration mistake? In this Micro-Lecture, you will learn three steps to help you holistically inject emerging technologies into the environments you design. These steps serve to heighten your project's sensory design performance for occupants.

 

MICRO-LECTURE TRANSCRIPT

How do you avoid this common architectural technology integration mistake? This is a mistake that often detracts from the sensory...

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Using Multi-Sensory Design to Solve for Your Project Challenges

FINDING DESIGN SOLUTION ALIGNMENT

In an architectural design project, there is often a core problem that the design needs to solve ― followed by secondary and tertiary problems that also need design answers. When creating your design concept, how do you find that “convergence point” where your design solves for all of these problems, limitations, and requests while still preserving the integrity and authenticity of your design idea?

Perhaps your design idea is driven by the design...

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The Gap between Your Creative Vision and Design Tools

CLOSING THE GAP TO PUSH YOUR CONCEPT VISION

The relationship between one’s creative vision and creative tools is very important. Each informs the other, and each is dependent upon the other to realize a design vision. As new design process tools emerge, new ways of thinking about concept design will surface. Conversely, as designers envision new and exciting concept design futures, new design process tools will be invented.

As architects, often there is a gap between the vision for a...

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Fusing Science with Poetics for “Design Beauty” Innovation

SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING AND POETIC MEANING

In the design of architecture, you must design for both types of understanding – the scientific and the poetic. There is a point where occupants will grasp scientific meaning above poetic, and vice versa. But at what moment does scientific understanding fuse with poetic meaning? And can this moment be called "beautiful"?

Nature's beauty can inspire your own architecture. For instance, you may frame a particular window to capture a sunrise each...

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The Role of "Unbuildable Ideas" In Your Design Process

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE "UNBUILDABLE" IDEA

What if while designing, your creative exploration takes you down a path toward an architectural idea that is "unbuildable"? Once you make the realization that your design approach cannot be physically realized…what do you do next?

There is a tendency only to qualify "extraordinary design" as a buildable idea that can be used. However, does this mean that unbuildable designs have no purpose, or are not extraordinary?

On the contrary, I believe...

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How to Use Authenticity to Innovate Architectural Design

THE PARADOX OF AUTHENTICITY

There is a push and pull between innovation and authenticity. On the one hand, authenticity of an architectural design requires truthfulness to a site’s surrounding context, people, and culture. On the other hand, a well-executed design also requires a type of evolution, where the architecture expresses its own self, while also lifting its surroundings. Thus, architecture must balance between complementing its surrounding environment, and being true to...

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How to Personalize Your Architectural Design as Filter

MICRO-LECTURE INTRODUCTION

Why is it so important to think of your architectural designs as being filters? In this Micro-Lecture you will learn how to better personalize your environments to individuals within a collective or culture so their experience within your design is a success.

 

MICRO-LECTURE TRANSCRIPT

00:01 Maria Lorena Lehman: Why is it so important to think about your architectural designs as being filters? I'm Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. In...

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Hybrid Architectural Design Tools for Extraordinary Presentations

THE BEST TOOL FOR THE FORMULATION OF YOUR DESIGN IDEA

As an architectural designer, you work hard to create your design concept formulations, and often there is an overlooked aspect to the design process that can really make a difference. By paying attention to this overlooked aspect, your design results will be stronger, and your client reviews will go smoother. This often ignored aspect is design presentation.

The way in which you present your design ideas to yourself, to your team, and to...

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The Design-Behavior Loop: How Occupant-Response Informs Design

Yes, architectural design evokes behavioral response within its occupants. And as an architect it is important to understand, analyze, and improve upon your design process and end-results. Thus, by delving more deeply into the ways your design impacts those that engage with it, you can ultimately gain information to help improve its outcome. The goal is to create environments that help people achieve fulfillment through high performance so they can meet their short-term needs, and achieve...

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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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