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Top 3 Ways to Leverage Technology When Designing

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As an architect, it is important to guide your tools in a way that helps you see deeper into your designs. Yes, using 3D visualization tools do help you to make your initial design vision more tangible. But how can you go beyond this, to leverage technology to better formulate and analyze a concept during your design process?

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3 Ways to Extract Experiential Advantage from Technology

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

When designing, technology can do a lot to either enhance or detract from a project. And the way you guide technology integration into your environment is what makes all the difference. For every design decision you make, there is an ultimate consequence that your occupant will experience. And the interaction between those decisions, yield entirely new consequential experiences.

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How to Push the Boundaries of Architectural Technology

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Architectural technology can often act as a double-edged sword. If integrated properly, it can benefit building occupants – but if improperly integrated, technology can greatly detract from all that your environment is trying to accomplish. When thinking about sensory design, technology becomes an important factor to consider.

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How to Design for the Future of Architectural Technology

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Have you ever experienced a building that was painful? This is a building that may have been designed well in some ways, but it lacked the proper integration of architectural technology. You see, when technology is tacked on within an environment as an afterthought, the space will likely suffer in its ability to provide an experience that empowers occupants – from a multi-sensory design perspective.

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How the Google Virtual Reality Paintbrush Can Help You Design Architecture

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Google is unveiling a virtual reality paintbrush which allows one to create three-dimensional design forms to human scale. By wearing a headset and waving a hand-held paint-brush tool, a designer can create a virtual world limited only by their imagination.

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How 4D Printing Technology Can Change Design Thinking

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

By using 4D printing technology, they are now able to create forms that shapeshift once immersed in water. This is an interesting technique that has far-reaching applications — particularly for the discipline of architectural design thinking.

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How Architectural Technology Design Impacts Human Potential

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

In the past, architectural technology design has served to improve the standard of living. From better lighting and air quality to innovative tools that free up occupant time, technology has been evolving to help alleviate occupant repetitive tasks, and other painful environmental aspects. But what if technology could do more?

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Use Architectural Technology Design to Fuel Connection

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

In an age where communication occurs in real-time, architectural technology design is critical to get right. When designed well, technology integrated into environments can actually “unite” people with each other and with the healthy activities which are best for them and that they enjoy most. In this case, architectural technology becomes a “connector” where new interactions become possible between people, and for people.

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The Effects of Calm Technology within Environments

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As evolutionary trends continue, emerging technologies are getting smaller, cheaper, and smarter — all of which push technology to become evermore ubiquitous. And as technologies continue to integrate into our daily lives through architectural environments, such innovations evolve to not only become more flexible, interactive and adaptable; but to eventually disappear.

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Smart Watch: A Bridge between Architecture and Occupant

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As new innovations like the Apple iWatch emerge — one can’t help but explore what possibilities lie ahead as they make their way into the market. Of course, there will be a multitude of new applications that make good use of the hardware that smart watches like the iWatch use to help them interface with their human wearers.

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Using Interactive Lenses to Enhance Occupant Experience in Buildings

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As new technologies are being developed, architecture is getting better at communicating with its occupants. For example, real-time communication can occur between a building’s system and an occupant’s clothing — or other worn devices, like interactive lenses.

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Experiencing Notre Dame de Paris in New Light

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

The beautiful Notre Dame de Paris has been recently merged with new Philips lighting technologies. In fact, its interior has been entirely augmented with state-of-the-art LED lighting that allows for Notre Dame to be experienced anew.

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Top 6 Ways Building Function Is Amplified By Digital Screens

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Just about everywhere you go, there is a digital screen within the built environment. Such digital screens can be in the form of television screens, computer screens or even interactive window screens. You see, each of the latter acts as a focal point or anchor within a space — sometimes detracting from building function, and other times adding to it.

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Rethinking the CubeSensor to Boost Occupant Performance

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

An investment in the CubeSensor seems minimal compared to the benefits that it would provide. Imagine being able to fine tune your surroundings while trying to work, exercise, cook, or even sleep. Each activity may call for slight adjustments in environmental quality — adjustments that the next version of the CubeSensor may help to communicate.

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How Wearable Technology Will Change Building Occupants

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

All of these advantages of wearable technology will change your building occupant. They will be more informed, more self-aware, and more connected. In fact, they will even connect to their surrounding environments in new ways.

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A New Way to Visualize Architecture: The Holograph

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

There is a new way to visualize architecture and communicate its design. It is a new method which comes in the form of the “holographic architectural representation system”.

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Implications of a 3D Printed House

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Building construction is often an endeavor that takes a long time and costs a lot of money. Thus, advancements are being made that are changing the very nature of the way construction occurs. You see, by using robots to build houses, many benefits can be gained — particularly when those homes are built using the “Contour Crafting” method.

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How Touch Technologies Yield More Personalized Responsive Architecture

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Touch technologies are now evolving, where sensors are being embedded in building features like doorknobs. And as a result, building doorknobs are becoming able to read not just that there is a touch, but that the touch was comprised of certain fingers.

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How Social Media Impacts Architectural Perception

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Due to social media, it becomes ever more possible to form a first impression of a place before ever having visited it in person. With social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter, it becomes possible to broadcast “place” using photographs, video, or text-based commentary. Rarely is a place simply a place anymore — as events occur within such places that result in merging the physical with the virtual.

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As Architectural Technology Does More, Will Occupants Like Doing Less?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As architectural technology gains greater capability to do more, will occupants like doing less? Well, I think much of the debate revolves around two issues: control and privacy. And when these two issues are dealt with correctly, technology can serve to lift limitations — so occupants can do more of the things they want to do.

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Maria Lorena Lehman is a visionary author, designer, and educator from the United States. Maria holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Master in Design with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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