Journal of Design Insight

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How Environment Design Impacts Human Performance

INCREASING MASTERY OVER TIME

When designing an architectural environment, terms like function and form are often used. But what do these terms mean in a more profound sense? And how can one take these terms into deeper levels of meaning to reach truly poetic innovation?

A critical aspect of function and form is to understand what they can achieve for building occupants when fused together within a design. For example, when function and form converge and are designed to target occupant needs...

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How Multi-Sensory Design Impacts Human Emotion

BEYOND PROGRAMMATIC REQUIREMENTS

When creating an architectural design, are you doing only what is necessary to meet programmatic project requirements? Or do you go above and beyond to ensure that the environment you create is benefiting its occupants at its highest potential? The way in which you answer the latter question will reveal how creative you are with your multi-sensory design efforts, which ultimately determine how great your design is for its occupants’ well-being.

You see,...

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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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Top 3 Tips to Connect Emotionally with Your Building Occupants

Tapping Into Deeper Occupant Emotion

I often teach about the five levels of experience which are so critical to include within your architectural design. (The five levels are as follows: physiological, intellectual, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual)

By designing for the latter experiential dimensions, you are able to connect and engage with occupants in more meaningful and profound ways. And the experiential level I get asked about most often is embedded within the following question:

How...

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Can Architecture Increase Workplace Creativity?

Fostering Creative Thinking

Architectural design emphasis is often placed on productivity, particularly for workplace environments. However, an increasingly important goal for such environments is to also foster occupant workplace creativity. After all, when productivity and creativity work in unison, then greater innovative momentum can be achieved.

But just how might an architectural environment promote more creativity in occupants?

First, it becomes important to note that creativity is...

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How an Architectural Exterior Design Impacts Occupant Journey

Using Sensory Design for an Architectural Exterior

When it comes to sensory design, much emphasis is placed on architectural interiors that aim to uplift occupant well-being. And this is critical to get right within a design project. But what about the architectural exterior? How can one use sensory design to create exteriors that foster the right occupant journey? A journey that is started well before an occupant ever enters a building, and a journey that is completed well after they leave.

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Architectural Smellscape: Designing for the Olfactory Occupant Journey

Rediscovering the Environmental Smellscape

Have you ever thought of “smellscapes” for design? And have you ever considered that you could compose smells for the olfactory sense to promote certain responses through memory? Well, the olfactory sense is an important part of the way we experience our surroundings. An article featuring Sissel Tolaas, who is a chemist specializing in olfactory information, teaches very interesting points about how smell impacts us. In fact, Tolaas...

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Data Mining for Healthcare Architecture and Beyond

Real-Time Feedback for Improvement

Using social media to collect real-time feedback about a product, design, or event is becoming evermore popular. In fact, healthcare practitioners are now looking into ways to mine such data for the collection of “patient experience clues”. (1) After all, time is of the essence. By receiving patient experience feedback in real-time, it becomes possible for medical teams to make adjustments, and improve their performance to help patients heal...

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Design Architectural Concepts with Sensory Design for Innovation

Design Ideas: From Mediocre to Amazing

When you understand how building occupants respond to the environments they inhabit, you will have a much easier time generating architectural concepts. But what separates a good concept from an amazing concept? Perhaps this lies in your ability as an architectural designer to innovate occupant experience through your architecture. Yet, what does innovation mean in this context? And how does one innovate an experience?

It is beneficial to begin...

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How Architectural Poetics Improves Human Performance

ARCHITECTURE FOR A BETTER WORLD

With the design of each built environment, it is possible to help make the world a better place for individuals, the collective, and the planet. The key is to rise as architectural designers to create poetic architecture, not mere status quo buildings. You see, it is with poetic architecture that environmental design can awaken potential to nurture the self-actualization of those it serves.

Three key architectural effects impact building occupants through...

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