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For Pioneering Architecture — A New Design Tool

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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 interface tool can work to help increase architectural design performance. In the micro-lecture, you can see that this tool allows for a realtime scanning of an architectural design being created within a virtual environment. Such a tool can help architectural designers to see more deeply into their design during the creation of a building project.

The Right Design Information

How can a tool become a true extension of the architect’s mind and hands as they design a building? Furthermore, how can a tool expand an architect’s skills in ways that complement their ideas, while not stifling or overriding them? These are a few questions to ask as you watch the above micro-lecture.

Sometimes too much information can stifle design thinking, while at other times it can empower design thinking. The key is to create design tools that help architects pioneer architecture in ways that grow what architecture can do for occupants and their surrounding context, locally and globally. It is important to create tools that provide architects the right information, in the right communication style, at the right time in the design process. Yet, inventing an architectural design tool is only one step along a path toward realizing an grander architectural design vision.

A Tool that Nurtures Design Vision

That is why I created the Heads-Up Display (HUD) interface tool as a prototype, to help me foresee how my own future vision of adaptive sensory design buildings of tomorrow can be created. I foresee a design tool that communicates with the architect in realtime during the design process – to become a tool that nurtures this process to heighten the science and art of creating groundbreaking architectural experiences. While the success of such an architecture is not solely dependent on the tool, it is this type of design tool innovation that can push architectural design to reach a much higher potential.

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