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Design Leverage

A collection of audio articles about design leverage.

Design Leverage
Design Leverage

Transition Is As Important As the Grand Climactic Gesture Within Your Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

There is a principle when it comes to systems optimization which says that if one part of the system is broken, you should look at the part just before it — because it is likely that that is where the problem really originates from. And to me, this principle can be carried through into architecture as you begin to look at how an occupant travels through built forms, from space to space, or from room to room.

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Use Boundary As a Bridge Which Connects and Communicates

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Boundary within building design involves factors like layering, filtering, and opening or closing. It is a way for you as an architect to communicate to your occupants about where they were, where they are, and where they are going.

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Refine Variations to Get to the Core Essence of Your Building Design

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Variation in building design can contribute a lot toward achieving a harmonic design balance. Unified designs often celebrate differences as much as they celebrate sameness, and it is the interaction between the two that may yield a simple complexity.

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Communicate Meaning By Designing Material Textures

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

When your occupant touches a material within your building they are immediately given more information to compile into their mental image about your space. And this perception, influenced by their haptic senses, contributes to how successful their experience is within your building.

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How Room Height Influences Your Occupants Behaviorally

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Design section drawings are very important because they reveal height immediately. And with height, you as an architect can accomplish some amazing things.

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Use Color to Guide the Other Senses along an Architectural Journey

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Color has the ability to emphasize. And what does this mean for your architectural designs? It means that you can create hierarchy, structure, order and repetition through differences.

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Maria Lorena Lehman is a multi award-winning visionary author, designer, and educator from the United States. Maria holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Virginia Tech and a Master in Design with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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Urban Design

Urban Architecture – A Design Process of Co-Creation

To view urban architecture as the result of a design process of co-creation fundamentally shifts how it can be used to bring higher levels of thrivability to citizens. By integrating citizen ideas, behaviors, and experiential insights into how such urban systems and elements adapt, the city becomes a more joyous, peaceful, healthier, and inspiring place to live. This is how urban architecture can help cities to reach these higher levels – by pulling from the wisdom and ingenuity of its citizens through its buildings, that together act as a bridge that opens communication between people and city.

Design Process

Schematic Design – Using an Occupant-Centered Design Approach

Schematic design is the first stage of an architectural design project, and within this phase there are important milestones to get right that will greatly leverage the project’s results throughout the rest of its impending design phases. For example, by iteratively designing through various schematic prototypes, it becomes possible to optimize one’s design concept idea in a way that prevents future errors and expands the discovery of new design opportunities.

User Experience

How Architectural Poetics Improves Human Performance

With the design of each built environment, it is possible to help make the world a better place for individuals, the collective, and the planet. The key is to rise as architectural designers to create poetic architecture, not mere status quo buildings. You see, it is with poetic architecture that environmental design can awaken potential to nurture the self-actualization of those it serves.