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A collection of book review articles.

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The Sensorial Designs of Claudio Silvestrin: Minimalism as a Catalyst of Deeper Expression

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

To experience the latest book by Claudio Silvestrin is to experience architecture on a more spiritual level. The book is entitled Claudio Silvestrin’s Timeless Italian Style Architecture Design Philosophy, and as I turned the pages to consciously experience his work, I savored the moments as they evoked peace, joy, and even spiritual sensibility.

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Greening Modernism by Carl Stein (Book Review)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Greening Modernism’s author, Carl Stein, makes a case for a more unified and holistic architecture that reaches a sustainable synergy through building reuse, with particular attention to the balance between the qualitative aspects of science and the more effect-driven aspects of utility and human experience.

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The Architecture of Patterns by Paul Andersen and David Salomon (Book Review)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

As we delve into designing architecture that is more dynamic, transient and personalized, we as architectural designers need to re-think not only how we see pattern, but also how we integrate it within our built environments — as it does affect the very people that we design for, and it does become the very fabric by which our buildings behave to ultimately engage with them.

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Why Your Occupants Will Hear What They See in Your Built Environments (Book Review)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

So as it turns out, the different human senses cross-relate and inform each other in some pretty sophisticated ways. This is something you should definitely understand as you design your built environments.

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Sensory Design by Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka (Book Review)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Sensory Design is a book to really make you, as an architect, more aware of how your designs impact people. Taking and in-depth look at how humans perceive space and built form, Sensory Design is really quite a remarkable publication.

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Adam Greenfield on How Ubiquitous Computing Works (Book Review)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Ubiquitous computing holds much promise in certain ways; yet, it seems that it can fall short in others. As evolution brings us toward environments where there are a multitude of computers per person, it seems that such smart environments can indeed “streamline” our lives. The problem emerges; however, when we consider how this all might actually work.

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Color, Environment & Human Response by Frank H. Mahnke (Book Review)

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Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Color, Environment & Human Response is filled with seventeen chapters of detailed insight about how color really impacts occupants within architectural designs. The author, Frank H. Mahnke explains color and its various complex dimensions, from neuropsychological aspects to human emotion and beyond.

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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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Multi-Sensory Emergence in the Architectural Creative Process

The creative process is like a spring. You wind-up the spring to prepare for its release. When creating, I absorb in the world and explore internally (my wind-up), and then I have creative emergence (my release). And as I delve into my creative practice, I go back and forth between the two. How do you "absorb" as you prepare to "release" your creativity within your design solution?

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Hand-Drawing vs Digital-Drawing: How to See Your Design More Deeply

When analyzing the finished results between a hand-drawing versus a digital-drawing, the stylistic differences are easy to see. Both types of drawings can be very beautiful, if thoughtfully composed. Yet, a designer will think about what they are drawing very differently depending on which drawing process they use.

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Design Process Mastery: The Architect's Guide

A design process definition can be explained as the creative and iterative methods one goes through in order to solve for a particular challenge, need, or goal. Within architectural design, one’s design process goes through various stages that begin with an initial creative vision that ultimately gets built as a building that occupants can use. The goal for architects is to optimize their design process in order to create the highest quality architectural design in the shortest amount of time, and within budget. The following is an architect's guide to design process.