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Adaptive Architecture

A collection of articles about adaptive architecture.

Adaptive Architecture
Adaptive Architecture

Using Design to Step Beyond One's Comfort Zone

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

It seems that the environment can help its occupants to expand beyond their own comfort zones, to achieve higher potentials and realize authentic fulfillment. This does not mean pushing a person into a situation that is dangerous or completely unexpected. But it does mean helping a person step into their next level of greatness.

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Transience: Nature Holds this Critical Key to Advancing Architectural Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Learning through nature is a wonderful way to design architecture drawing from nature’s inspirational and very ingenious solutions. Nature has so much to teach designers, and designers can extract an incredible amount of design information from nature.

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How to Feel the Intangible: Responsive Architecture that Pushes and Pulls Data

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As responsive architecture uses data to inform its behaviors to better serve its occupants, the city will similarly use data to better serve its citizens through urban behavioral orchestrations. So the question becomes: How can data be strategically used to help all three scales — the individual scale, the building scale, and the city scale?

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How Responsive Architecture Feeds Occupant Curiosity

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Responsive architecture is not just about providing an endless flow of information that continues whether or not the occupant absorbs it well. Architectural design for schools and museums can become more nuanced to better fulfill the real-time needs of occupants as they explore and learn.

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How to Design Architecture That Helps Occupants Engage in Healthy Habits

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As architecture gains greater transience, it also becomes an architecture that helps occupants at more impactful levels. For example, technology integration, smart material behaviors, and even kinetic motion can all serve to heighten more of the valuable meaning in transience for occupants.

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School Design Ideas that Personalize Learning for Students

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As architectural environments become increasingly responsive, they gain ability to change and become more personalized as they meet the needs of their occupants. For students, this can bring big benefits as innovative school design ideas pull from an adaptive architectural design approach.

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Buildings That Make You Think

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As interactive architecture gives way to adaptive architecture, it becomes important to understand how a more responsive space impacts its occupants. That is, does it make decisions for them? Or, does it provide choice to get occupants to think more carefully about their own decisions? Perhaps, the adaptive architecture can decipher when to do each — giving occupants the best of both worlds.

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How to Build Change into Your Architecture

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As a building stands serving its occupants over time, it goes through many changes. Some of those changes affect its design directly, and some changes occur without ever altering the way the building works. But what about adaptive architecture? Can an architecture that learns be more responsive to changes that occur?

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Can Architecture Motivate People Toward Behavior Change?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

The real question, thus, surfaces — Can architecture facilitate behavior change within occupants? You see, motivation is what is needed to engage occupants to take on new or changed behaviors.

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How Sensory Design Can Help Responsive Architecture Be More Effective

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Responsive architecture is design that interacts with people. It engages them with their environment — and it impacts the way they feel, think, and behave. This is where sensory design comes in, because it is a way of designing that places the building occupant at the center, with careful attention to the way a space may impact them both in the short and long term.

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How a Responsive Building Can Contribute to Its Surrounding City

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Architecture that is responsive is often thought to engage the individual — meeting one person’s needs through adaptive design. But what about the collective? How can a responsive building contribute to the collective need? And how large is the collective? Is it made up of three people, an urban area, or an entire city?

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How Architecture Can Help Its Occupants to Seek Out Opportunity

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

The relationship between architecture and occupant can be quite a beneficial one — particularly when both aim to improve occupant lifestyle. In particular, since architecture acts as a constant observer of that lifestyle, it is most beneficial when it engages its occupants to help them improve their life directly.

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Inject Reward into Architectural Design to Promote Occupant Activities

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As a person works to achieve their goal, they often will encounter milestones along the way. And at these milestones it becomes important for them to assess how they are doing. Are they behind where they should be at a certain point? Are they ahead? And what happens as a result of where they are?

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Can Building Feedback Help to Increase Positive Occupant Behaviors?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

If a building can provide real-time feedback to assist with promoting positive behaviors, do you think it would be a good idea to design such a building? You see, the implications to designing such a building are many. For instance, notions of privacy, control, and determining what positive behaviors to promote all feed into what might make such a building challenging to build.

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Why Adaptive Materials that Can Heal May Yield New Forms of Living Assemblies (Video)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

You may start to more truly understand what smart materials, and more specifically adaptive materials, are becoming capable of doing. Not only would such innovations help the building industry with the maintenance of buildings, and therefore also their safety, but they would also carve a path toward further developments leading to more sophisticated adaptive environments.

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Can You Move Your Building Occupant to Change their Behavior?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Environment and behavior are linked. And since research is showing that this is the case, I think you as an architect should be aware of how your designs may spark certain behaviors in your building occupant.

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Can a Wrist-Worn Bio Sensor Change the Way You Design Buildings?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

What if upon entering your building, you could see actual signals being sent to you from your occupants about how they feel while experiencing your building design? Would you design differently if you knew when within your building design they felt happy? Or in awe? Or stressed?

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Building Design That Personalizes, Predicts and Prevents (Video)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

We are currently in the midst of an information revolution which I often hear overwhelms people, particularly as they strive to solve complex problems where they need to rely on specific information to know how and when to act upon their choices in order to find a clear path toward their goal.

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Adaptive Architecture: From One-Size-Fits-All to Responsive Gradations

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

While this responsive lighting innovation may sound somewhat simple in principle, it does take an interesting step toward providing a tool for greater adaptive design approaches.

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Conquering the Convergence of Architectural Technology

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Adaptive architecture will embody behaviors that respond to human and environmental interactions. It is with this transience that architectural space will more fully interact — or “converse” with its occupants, in grand part due to converging architectural technology.

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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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Neuroscience: Changing the Way You Design for Function

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Top 3 Tips to Connect Emotionally with Your Building Occupants

Three fantastic methods to help you create architectural designs that touch occupants in just the right way, and at just the right time --- so they will connect with themselves, with each other, and with your design work in beneficial ways.