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Design Futurecast is Maria Lorena Lehman's journey through design explorations and experiments ― where breakthrough questions intersect with expansive design thinking to shift your own creative path toward more innovative heights. Imagine yourself in the future, asking questions about a design solution you are creating today. With elements of visionary time-travel...Every episode examines cutting-edge investigations from a new perspective ― exploring the design experiment and its result in terms of 21st century design impact. If you are an architect, author, artist, filmmaker, or game designer inspired by new ways to expand your mind so you can create even more extraordinary worlds and narratives for those that experience your work, then you will love Design Futurecast. Why? Because design inquiry grows creative genius (from which new visionary worlds are born).

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Podcast Episode DF011

The Meaning of a Line

Podcast by Maria Lorena Lehman | Author. Designer. Educator.
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Have you ever tried new creative approaches to heighten your design results? This episode of Design Futurecast will help you to grow your creativity, even beginning with your most basic design elements. When you are consciously aware of how you are working to make your design or creation progress, then you are reaching even higher potentials that will ultimately result in your project having optimal impact. Join Maria Lorena Lehman as she explains how this is all possible.

Podcast Episode DF010

Focusing For Design Impact

Podcast by Maria Lorena Lehman | Author. Designer. Educator.
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Do you take your design tools for granted (without knowing it)? How do you explore your design challenge or the subject of your creation in a unique and innovative way? And do you use tools in a way that allows you to create work that speaks meaningfully to the world? Find new ways to create experiences that bring epic enjoyment, both to you while designing and to those that experience your work. This episode of Design Futurecast will open your eyes to new ways of seeing the critical stages of your creative process.

Podcast Episode DF009

Innovating Experiences of Nature

Podcast by Maria Lorena Lehman | Author. Designer. Educator.
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What kind of relationship does your design creation have with nature? Do you learn from nature as you create your project? Do you incorporate nature's systems or beauty into your designs? Or do you showcase nature in new and unexpected ways? Often, re-presenting nature in entirely new ways can make your project go from evoking average to unforgettable experiences. Learn to unlock new opportunities that integrate the elegant beauty of nature into your work. Whether you are an architect, writer, artist, filmmaker, or game designer, this episode of Design Futurecast will shift the way you see nature, to take your work to that next level.

Podcast Episode DF008

Creating Depth In Surface

Podcast by Maria Lorena Lehman | Author. Designer. Educator.
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How do you balance the details of creating a design, with the nuances of knowing how the design will feel to those that use it? This means understanding not only how to craft your creation, but also how to innovate the experience it provides. This episode of Design Futurecast is for anyone in the midst of a creative project. Discover how to see your design creation differently, so you can invent new ideas, tools, and processes for an even better ultimate design experience. All of this awaits you in this episode of Design Futurecast.

Podcast Episode DF007

Ultimate Creative Paradox

Podcast by Maria Lorena Lehman | Author. Designer. Educator.
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Have you ever wondered about what your design creation looks like through the magnification of a camera lens? And beyond this...Have you ever considered what this has to do with the creative process? Whether you are working on the development of architecture, art, book, film, or game design, you will want to listen to this episode of Design Futurecast. Within it is a key paradigm that will help you to create more poetic works that become unforgettable experiences. Discover the ultimate creative paradox in this episode of Design Futurecast.

Podcast Episode DF006

Defying Gravity By Design

Podcast by Maria Lorena Lehman | Author. Designer. Educator.
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The number one question designers ask is about how to create a unique concept design. In this episode of Design Futurecast, Maria Lorena Lehman explores how to breakthrough design barriers and routine ways of thinking. After all, when creating your creative concept, how often do you uncover breakthroughs? Do you create to meet a deadline or certain quantity of works? And when doing so, how can you ensure that your creations are reaching their highest potential? Discover what it means to defy gravity with your design or creative works in this episode of Design Futurecast.

Podcast Episode DF005

World-Building Constructs of Meaning

Podcast by Maria Lorena Lehman | Author. Designer. Educator.
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When creating your work, how do you handle the complexity of its narrative? What kind of journey do you create for those that experience your designs? And how do you go about making an unforgettable impression? In this episode, Maria Lorena Lehman explores at the nexus of world-building, narrative, and experience design methodologies. By asking the right questions within these realms of thinking and creating, it becomes possible to make designs with emergent overarching behaviors. Explore these pivotal ideas guiding you to create work that emotionally impacts people, on this episode of Design Futurecast. For more inspiration and education on creativity and design, visit MariaLorenaLehman.com

Podcast Episode DF004

Morphology of Form

Podcast by Maria Lorena Lehman | Author. Designer. Educator.
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Do you ever wonder how impactful your design creation is for those that you create it for? And have you ever thought of engaging your design's viewers, participants, or inhabitants in new and innovative ways? In this episode, Maria Lorena Lehman explores the ever-evolving role of the artist and designer — particularly in terms of how engaging, personalized, and beneficial their design is for those that experience it. Explore the critical questions that guide you toward better design creation and collaboration in this forward-thinking episode of Design Futurecast.

Podcast Episode DF003

Expanding Design Boundaries

Podcast by Maria Lorena Lehman | Author. Designer. Educator.
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Have you every wondered how you can improve your design work — so what you create is as good as, or better than, your initial design vision? Or have you wondered why your initial design vision or inspiration gets either amplified or silenced as you work to create what your design wants to become?  In this episode, Maria Lorena Lehman explores such questions and provides insights to shift your mindset and skillset so your design works can achieve their highest potential.

Podcast Episode DF002

Behavioral Dynamics of Design

Podcast by Maria Lorena Lehman | Author. Designer. Educator.
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Do you ever design with motion? If yes, do you ever stop and question what information your design is revealing when in its most dynamic state? In this episode, Maria Lorena Lehman dives into such questions, to expand your design thinking about the dynamic behavior of design. For instance, how much can an artist/designer foresee when it comes to complex dynamic behaviors? And is the answer to this question good for your creative workflow? Explore these and other questions inside this episode of Design Futurecast.

Podcast Episode DF001

Introducing Design Futurecast

Podcast by Maria Lorena Lehman | Author. Designer. Educator.
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podcast introduction

Design Futurecast is Maria Lorena Lehman's journey through design explorations and experiments ― where breakthrough questions intersect with expansive design thinking to shift your own creative path toward more innovative heights. Imagine yourself in the future asking questions about a design solution you are creating today. With elements of visionary time-travel…Every episode examines cutting-edge design investigations from a new perspective ― exploring the design experiment and its result in terms of 21st century impact. Why? Because design inquiry grows creative genius.

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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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about maria lorena lehman

Maria Lorena Lehman is a visionary author, designer, and educator focusing on links between architectural design, neuroscience, and emerging technologies. Lehman is author of the book entitled, Adaptive Sensory Environments and Founder of the Sensing Architecture ® Academy. ArchDaily describes Maria Lorena Lehman as “one of the leading experts on delivering exceptional occupant experience through smart building design”. Her research attracts an international audience as it bridges between theory and application to uncover what environments can do to benefit occupants in innovative ways.

Lehman holds a Master in Design with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Lehman is recipient of the Harvard University Digital Design Prize for the “most creative use of digital media in relation to the design profession”. 

Maria Lorena Lehman is internationally published and in numerous periodicals, including The Architect's Journal, Esquisses Magazine, Architect Magazine, and Forbes. Currently, her research looks for new ways environments can uplift quality of life by innovating experience through multi-sensory design, adaptive design, and emerging design process tools, strategies, and methods. At the heart of her work is a motivation to push the role of the environment into more proactive realms that empower people to thrive and feel fulfillment at their highest potential. Maria Lorena Lehman has a vision for how interdisciplinary findings and innovations can converge together with creative and forward-thinking design processes to unlock more nurturing architectural futures.

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