contact maria lorena lehman

send your message

Thank you! Your submission has been received!

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form

special encore webinar presentation

Register for the FREE Special Encore Webinar Presentation that will teach you three techniques for creating extraordinary design concepts that outsmart problem complexity.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WEBINAR NOW

How Architectural Technology Design Impacts Human Potential

By

Maria Lorena Lehman

|

Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

‍Image Credit: © BillionPhotos.com | Fotolia

The Evolution of Technology

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? What if it could actually help to not only remove the unwanted aspects of daily life, but could bring much benefit to the way people live their lives? What if architectural technology could enhance the quality of its occupants’ lives by actually improving their human potential?

I read an article recently that discussed the term “intelligence amplification” with regard to the evolving role of technology design. (1) This term relates to technologies that support and enhance human intelligence. For instance, what if augmented reality worn in contact lenses could provide you with just the right information at just the right time? Could this serve to “amplify” one’s intelligence?

Defining the Purpose of Technology

The subject of “intelligence amplification” is an interesting one because it allows important questions to surface about how interactive and adaptive architectures (using technologies ubiquitously) can serve their occupants in more profound ways. For example, could an “intelligence amplification technology” help its user to “see” more, and thus, understand more about themselves, each other, and their surroundings?

By converging technology design with architectural design, building occupants can extract even more advantages from their environments. For designers, it is time to think beyond architectural technology that provides a “one-size-fits-all” state of comfort – to think in terms of the dynamic needs and goals of building occupants. One may ask: How can architectural technology design be used to advance human potential? In other words, how can environments nurture occupants to become the best versions of themselves?

Technology for the Whole Human

We need to go beyond “intelligence amplification” – to reach beyond intelligence into more dimensions that make up the whole human. After all, if architectural design is successful, it touches all of its occupant’s senses in a way that uplifts their life quality, in the moment and over time. Thus, as environments evolve with new and advancing technologies – their application can inform, encourage, and uplift what humans can do. Thus, technology which “amplifies” should be thoughtfully integrated into environments to help occupants with aspects like decision-making and goal attainment. Architectural design is at the core of this evolution, where it guides how technology can best nurture those occupants who experience its benefits.

Reference:

(1) DMello, Alvin. The Rise of the Humans: Intelligence Amplification Will Make Us As Smart As the Machines. DeepStuff.org. October 17, 2015.

...

what members are saying...
Maria: I came across your website through a reference in today's Architect Weekly ezine and am delighted I did. I'll bookmark your site and check back often. I read the first article and then the second and thirty minutes later realized how much time had passed. I've been practicing for thirty years and have always missed the stimulation of academia. I find each of your brief dissertations sort of like a day in design studio. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ron Ward
AI Group Design
I am excited to see you touch a vein of values in architecture, I have been chasing myself for years. Your depth of involvement in these very deep subjects is really beautiful and passionately dealt with and well written. Sound, color and value, shape, texture, scale, smell.... all definitive measures of the spaces we should be alert to. [...] I will savor the rest of your investigation of sensuality in architecture. I'm Glad I found you.

Dennis McLaughlin
McLaughlin Architect
read more testimonials
blog article categories

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.

maria lorena lehman, as seen in...
featured posts
Architectural Design

The Gap between Your Creative Vision and Design Tools

As architects, often there is a gap between the vision for a building design and the existence of materials available with which it can be built. Yet, the gap between creative vision and creative tools is also just as important --- but in a different way.

Design Process

Fusing Science with Poetics for “Design Beauty” Innovation

As you design your architectural concept, it may help you to think of design features and their materials as exuding both scientific and poetics effects. For the scientific, one may question how a particular design was achieved. While for the poetic, one may question how a particular effect was captured. In either case, the scientific understanding when coupled with poetic meaning leads can lead to amazing beauty.

Design Process

The Role of "Unbuildable Ideas" In Your Design Process

What if while designing, your creative exploration takes you down a path toward an architectural idea that is "unbuildable"? Once you make the realization that your design approach cannot be physically realized…what do you do next?