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How to Integrate Digital Nature into Your Architectural Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

There are times within an architectural design project when digital nature can accomplish goals that actual physical nature cannot. You see, digital nature can be used in three unique ways to enhance an environment that serves to empower the occupant that inhabits its space. The following are three techniques for you to “pull” from physical nature, to create digital nature that presents the “real-thing” in entirely new and innovative ways.

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How to Leverage the Interplay Between Technology and Nature

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Paradoxically, as both technology and biophilia are increasingly integrated into everyday spaces, environments will become more personalized, and more nurturing. In other words, technology will help environments to “tune”, while biophilia in design will help environments to “nurture”.

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Bridging Architecture with Nature for Occupants to Thrive

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Architecture with nature can become a bridge that links occupants to their dynamic surroundings. And with the emergence of architectural interactivity, new and innovative architectural experiences that present nature in new ways can be born.

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Top 10 Ways Architecture and Nature Can Harmonize

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

When considering whether it is possible to design for protection from and connection with nature simultaneously, one needs to see nature, in all its patterns, as an educational tool from which architecture can learn.

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How to Innovate with Nature in Design to Create Amazing Experiences

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Nature in design is not only about protection, inspiration, and harmonization – it is also about composition. As you design, be sure to explore how nature can be re-interpreted through architectural materials.

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Use Nature to Strengthen Your Design Solution

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Different architects use nature within their designs in different ways. While some gain inspiration from nature to influence a built form, others use nature to fuel the mechanisms within their design solution. Yet still, nature can be used to inform a design in real-time — as architecture gains greater fluidity through interactivity.

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Did You Know That By Integrating Nature You Can Boost Employee Productivity in Your Office Layout Design?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

What are other ways that you can learn from nature to really push the way you think about what your occupants do within your buildings? And how can you use nature to find new ways to promote issues like learning and productivity within an office building and its office layout design?

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Reinventing Buildings with Biomimicry, My Pine Cone

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

How do you begin to model systems and processes that nature teaches? How do you translate your discoveries and breakthroughs to help in your design process, making you a better designer?

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Will Biomimicry Buildings Reflect Their Surrounding Geography?

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

When cutting-edge paradigm-shifts occur, like new perspectives on nature that make methods like Biomimicry and BioDigital Architecture possible, I still wonder how these, combined with other factors like culture, globalization, personal preferences, lifestyle trends and geographic land characteristics will impact what we, as architectural visionaries, paint for the future.

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BioDigital Architecture Uses Metaphor to Design Living Systems, Dennis Dollens (Video)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As the relation between biomimicry, nanotechnology and new computing software evolves, a key design strategy surfaces — and a key aspect to that design strategy is BioDigital Architecture.

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Take a Virtual Tour of this LEED Platinum Green Building

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Light, water, temperature, air quality and renewable resources typically come to mind when talking about sustainable design, and to see these innovative green building issues tackled in one building project is wonderful.

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Mastering Design Innovation to Build Green Skins

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

The need to build green skins that are able to harness energy gives architects incentive to find new ways to use and guide emerging technologies. Essentially, it is necessity coupled with ingenuity that can often spark the best design innovation.

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10 Great Ideas for Designs that Promote Green Human Behavior

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Here are some of Richard Whitehall's ideas that I think make his designs successful — really promoting green human behavior

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High-Tech Ivy for Your Building Façade

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

This solar and wind project is unique because it takes technology beyond just being “tacked on” to a building. These micro solar panels mimic nature’s ivy, really bringing life to the otherwise redundant ways we typically see energy being stored.

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New Ways to Bring Nature into Architecture

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Usually, nature is thought of as something “outside”. But what happens when the line between “inside” and “outside” blur? How can we bring nature into architecture?

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Biomimicry: Architecture Inspired By Nature

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

By taking a look around, designers can find inspiration everywhere – particularly in nature. Nature provides us with an amazing array of solutions for many complex problems that we face today – the quest to learn from nature in this way is “biomimicry”, and architecture can benefit from this kind of approach.

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Architecture, Nature and Occupant Stress

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Healing environments often integrate nature to help de-stress patients. Nature can be a beautiful distraction or have physiological benefits. Either way, nature is important because it has been proven to reduce pain and subsequent stress.

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Maria Lorena Lehman is an award-winning 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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As an environmental designer, it is important to make smart design decisions during your creative process – at all stages. This is where the practice of design fiction can be injected into your process, to help you formulate not just one design solution that you iterate; but a variety of possible solutions that you can compare, test, or explore quickly at the beginning of your concept formulation process.

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In history, there have been times when an “unbuildable” concept, only realized on paper, was paradigm shifting – as such concepts served to shift the mindset of the people toward greater innovative possibilities for the future. I still find it fascinating to see these “unbuildable” concept drawings from yesteryear, and then to think about how our current “unbuildable” concepts will impact the future of our present time.

Technology

How to Learn from the Future to Become a Design Pioneer

As is typical with the present-time, we are always in the midst of emerging trends. For designers, this means either following the trends or setting new ones by being well ahead of the curve. Environmental design is no different. As advancing technologies like virtual reality lead to augmented realty, or as interactive physical space leads to adaptive physical space, it becomes fascinating (and necessary) to question where these technological developments are heading.