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Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the studio works of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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A Filmmaking Tool for Dynamic Architectural Design

THE BRIDGE BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND FILM

The link between architectural design and film is an important one. For instance, designers may think of architectural space as narrative, which is also a way to think about the sequential frames that yield a film. But have you ever thought about using the tools and process that filmmakers use to help you visualize your architectural design during its initial concept development stage?

Specifically, the storyboarding technique is very beneficial to...

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What if Architecture Fused with Game Design?

EXPANDING HUMAN POTENTIAL & PERFORMANCE

Is all of life a game-like journey? Or is the journey more of an experiential process with no real end-goal? Whatever life seems to be at a given moment, it is interesting to consider what physical environments would be like if they were designed with a gaming mentality.

Game design theories and principles can help designers to do more than simply integrate “reward” into an experiential journey. For example, an environment could tell a...

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How to Create an Architectural Meta-Experience

DESIGN FOR THE META-EXPERIENCE

What if an architectural environment could change, learn, and adapt to help occupants as they live, work, heal, or play within a given space? Furthermore, what if such an environment allowed visitors to leave their own “mark” within its design fabric, so future occupants could perceive what came before? Of course, there are times when this may not be desirable, but what about situations where an occupant can make a positive difference upon a space by...

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How Procedural Modeling Can Change the Future

REDEFINING OF “HISTORY”

Most recently, I have been working with procedural modeling software to create very forward-thinking conceptual designs. This way of modeling objects, buildings, or even cities is quite interesting as it allows for a more rapid testing, experimentation, and prototyping of ideas. And when procedural modeling integrates sensory design methodologies, opportunity to achieve high level poetics can surface.

In computer terms, the word “history” takes...

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How to Design Architecture that Helps Occupants Achieve Goals

ENVIRONMENTS AS TEAM PLAYERS

What if architecture’s function was not only to meet a need, but to also help its occupants to achieve a longer-term goal? For example, a person may want to exercise more to increase health, or they may want to create an amazing presentation to win a big project at work. Can environments actually help occupants with such goals? Yes, I believe they can – and the following are a few examples of how this can be possible…

EXAMPLE 1: THE FUN GYM...

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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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Using Design to Step Beyond One's Comfort Zone

SPACE THE EXPANDS YOUR POTENTIAL

What if environmental design could push occupants beyond their comfort zone at just the right time to help them achieve milestones and goals they desire? What would this type of architecture look and feel like? Would you want to experience it?

Just imagine all of the times in life when stepping out of your comfort zone has brought you success in some area of your life. Perhaps you stepped out of your comfort zone to exercise. Or perhaps you stepped out of your...

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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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The Fluidity of Nature in Architectural Response

ENVIRONMENTS THAT “BREATHE”

Nature is made of a multitude of rhythms, patterns, and cycles, and such relationships drive its dynamic fluidity. One can understand these relationships in nature as the water cycle, nitrogen cycle, and carbon cycles of respiration and photosynthesis. (1) But what do these natural rhythms, patterns, and cycles have to do with environmental design? A lot. You see, as emerging technologies continue to proliferate as they are ubiquitously embedded into...

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