Journal of Design Insight

Behind the scenes into the studio works of Maria Lorena Lehman.
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For Pioneering Architecture — A New Design Tool

 

Looking Behind the Design Process

As an architectural designer, it is important to not take your design tools for granted – particularly when striving to innovate what architecture can to do in better ways. The micro-lecture video above shows a behind-the-scenes look into the making of a speculative new design tool I created. And while this design tool does not exist today, it very intriguing and mind-expanding to think about how such a realtime architectural design quality scanning...

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Sharpening Design Vision — With Architectural Abstraction

 

Abstraction Before (Hyper)Realism

A seemingly counter-intuitive way to sharpen one’s design vision is to begin with architectural abstraction. I did this with two images as shown in the video micro-lecture above. On the left, is a painting I created of a seaside city built-context. And on the right is a ‘napkin sketch’ I created of the same seaside cityscape. While both images are abstractions of a coastal environment, the methods used to create each help me see into my...

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The Narrative Journey of Light

 

A Light that Peeks

Have you ever been walking through a dimly lit hallway while seeing a light at the end peeking from around the corner of one of its side walls? It is likely that this light evoked your curiosity, guiding you toward it to see where it was coming from and where it might lead. This type of light that seems to “peek” at you is really a guiding light that invites you along an architectural journey. This is what I call a narrative of light – when light is...

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The Art of Seeing into Design

The link between art and design is blurring in my current architectural explorations. As you can see in the set of images above, I am engaging as artist to see more deeply into the environment as a designer. On the left, you can see a drawing I created while studying the root system of a tree. And on the right, you can see how I translate this root system into a speculative architectural design façade that seems as if to grow organically – as architectural form.

It is through...

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How to Enhance Your Design with a Creative Spark

DESIGN INSIGHT

How often do you capture a "creative spark"? The photograph above depicts a creative spark I had while formulating the concept for my next philosophical-design project. (It is a diagrammatic light study that I am now developing further by using 3D computer visualization techniques.) As you can see, this initial physical model is a quick handmade prototype to help yield proof of concept: built to see if this creative spark has depth for further development. The key when modeling...

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Structure of Gravity: The Rise of Architecture

Structure of Gravity | © Image Credit: Maria Lorena Lehman | MLL Design Lab, LLC

DESIGN INSIGHT

The above close-up section of a recent environmental drawing I created explores what I call the structure of gravity. This paradoxical term speaks to the bridging of architecture between the earth and sky – as built form rises upward as if to collaborate with the science of gravity through the structure of design expression. This piece invites one to consider the behavioral...

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