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Over 500+ article essays by Maria Lorena Lehman

Why Smart Home Control Points Are Good smart environment

The smart home will be able to do a lot by way of automated systems that assist, guide, and educate building occupants. But what happens when such guidance is wrong? How will the smart home know it needs to correct itself? As...

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The Value of User Control within Smart Spaces smart environment

User Control Can Be Nuanced

Frequently, there are benches and chairs located in public spaces like parks, plazas, and restaurants. And often these chairs are bolted to the ground to prevent users from rearranging or stealing them. When a user sits...

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Schematic Design – Using an Occupant-Centered Design Approach design process

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...

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Urban Architecture – A Design Process of Co-Creation urban design

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...

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Architectural Technology: From Information Age to “Sensemaking” Era technology

Today we have what you might refer to as information overload. We have information coming in from every angle. And because of this, the Institute for the Future states that we will eventually enter an age of “sensemaking”. It is...

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The Nature of Design — Symbiosis between Architecture and Nature building green

NATURE + INFRASTRUCTURE

As a humanity, we strive to live in harmony with nature; but what happens when our very innovations use technology in ways that hinder nature’s beauty and systems? For example, certain urban infrastructure...

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The Narrative Journey of Light creative process

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...

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For Pioneering Architecture — A New Design Tool creative process

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...

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The Process of Painting to Explore Design Research Questions from the studio

Sketches by Maria Lorena Lehman: © All rights reserved.

“For me, to research the complexity of adaptive architectural interaction and perception, painting is key.” 
— Maria Lorena Lehman 

 

Prior to painting...

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How Architecture Can Respond to Emergencies smart environment

With the advent of the smart building comes a new innovation like smart carpeting. And what does a smart carpet do? Well, according to Popular Science, it “detects your gait, and knows if you’ve fallen”. (1) Such smart flooring...

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Top 7 Reasons Why Architecture Should Pull Information from Objects smart environment

As technology becomes smaller and evermore mobile, sensors are being embedded everywhere. This means that those objects which you use every day will be able to convey data about the way they are used. Consequently, with such information coming...

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The Role of Prediction in Smart Environments smart environment

As an architect, you often have to predict occupant needs — to design built space that meets those needs with sophisticated and seamless solutions. But, what happens when an architecture is more interactive, and a need arises during an...

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How Internet Connections Can Boost Smart Buildings smart environment

We live in the age of the digital revolution. The internet seems to be everywhere — and as buildings get smarter, this will be ever more common. You see, the internet provides the ability to push and pull information, and this information...

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How Future Smart Highways Can Positively Influence Architecture smart environment

The designs for highways of the future are emerging, and it is interesting to see how designers are solving for some old problems while still meeting the new needs that present themselves with car innovations. Studio Roosegaarde, for example, has...

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Can Flexible Design Get You to the Cutting-Edge? architectural design

What can flexibility do for you?

Let’s exaggerate for a moment and see if we can make what is flexible, even more flexible. The goal is to get you to push some design boundaries and of course, to use the idea of “flexible...

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How to Use a Cliché to Make Your Building Design Work architectural design

I recently read an article by Seth Godin who describes a very powerful writing technique where an author takes a popular and widely used cliché, points it out in his or her work and then writes about its exact opposite. When...

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Sharpening Design Vision — With Architectural Abstraction creative process

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...

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Breaking the Mold to Unleash an Innovative Building Design architectural design

Why is it that truly innovative building design is practiced few and far between? Yes, many architects spend their energy building buildings, but few built architecture that uses the design of build environments to uplift lifestyle for...

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Using Sensory Design to Compete Against Online Retail user experience

With the dawning of online retail and the displacement or forced evolution of places like bookstores and malls, designers are beginning to use sensory design to win out (or at least stay in the running) against their online competitors. You see,...

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How Architectural Restaurant Design Ideas Impact Taste user experience

Does Environment Impact the Taste of Food?

Designers often ask “how does an environment impact the sense of taste”? Well, a tangible example of this can be observed within restaurant designs. After all, a restaurant atmosphere can set...

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Design Architectural Concepts with Sensory Design for Innovation user experience

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...

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Data Mining for Healthcare Architecture and Beyond user experience

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...

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Architectural Smellscape: Designing for the Olfactory Occupant Journey user experience

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...

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How Home Architecture Can Help Seniors Live Healthier smart environment

Sensor technologies that work within a home can be integrated to find patterns in the routines of daily living for the elderly. Such sensing technologies would send an alert if they notice an interruption in patterns — thus, helping to keep...

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