How to Personalize Your Architectural Design as Filter

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How to Personalize Your Architectural Design as Filter


Why is it so important to think of your architectural designs as being filters? In this Micro-Lecture you will learn how to better personalize your environments to individuals within a collective or culture so their experience within your design is a success.





00:01 Maria Lorena Lehman: Why is it so important to think about your architectural designs as being filters? I'm Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. In this micro-lecture, we're going to explore how to better personalize your architectural designs. As you are engaging in the design and planning of your concept for your architecture project, it is important, as you know, to analyze your occupant's narrative. Not just the narrative of one individual, but the narrative of, also, the collective that your architecture will serve. In doing this, you will begin to notice that different occupants have different preferences, different routines and habits, different milestones they would like to achieve, and different needs at any given time. In doing this, it might help you to think of your architecture in a more time-based fashion where your architectural features are orchestrated to emit stimuli that feed occupant senses at just the right time, but that also do this by filtering. Your architecture can filter aspects like the material stimuli that it emits, or nature patterns in the weather, for example.


01:25 MLL: By filtering patterns, you are able to accommodate and foster occupant needs and goals in a more personalized fashion. Your architecture, when using aspects of new technologies like sensors, for example, can begin to target occupant-specific characteristics. In doing this, your architecture can better “filter in” and “filter out” the necessary stimuli that is needed to meet those needs for your given occupants. The best part is that your architecture can do this to feed multiple individuals, a collective of individuals differently at any one time. This taps into how you can personalize your architecture for a group or a collective of occupants from moment to moment. So think about using filter to create new types of boundaries within your architecture so that your stimuli that gets emitted isn't just one orchestration of stimuli that feeds all occupants the same, but it becomes recipes of stimuli that get orchestrated to feed occupants, different occupants, over time. In doing this, each of your occupants will achieve higher levels of success when experiencing your architecture.

About the author

Maria Lorena Lehman

Maria Lorena Lehman is a visionary artist, designer, and author focusing on links between environmental design, science, emerging technologies, and human potential. Lehman is founder of MLL Atelier, an art-based architectural design research practice. Maria Lorena Lehman is author of the award-winning book entitled, Adaptive Sensory Environments. She is recipient of the Harvard University Digital Design Prize for the "most creative use of digital media in relation to the design professions". Lehman also creates sculptures and paintings described as "visual poetry of motion that is a new inspiration" by Daniel Smith, the company that creates watercolors for artists worldwide. Maria Lorena Lehman holds the degrees of Master in Design with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, from Virginia Tech. She is internationally published and in numerous periodicals, including The Architect's Journal, Esquisses Magazine, Architect Magazine and Forbes.