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How to Create Life-Changing Architecture

By Maria Lorena Lehman — Get more articles like this sent to your email HERE.

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INTERACTION: A CRITICAL COMPONENT

The following quote from my book, Adaptive Sensory Environments, stands as a simple yet profound call for environmental designers to look deeply into the function, beauty, and meaning in their works. As technologies continue to advance at rapid rates,interaction with it through environments is increasingly becoming an overlooked part of everyday life.

The quote I am referring to is as follows:

“[A] successful adaptive architecture is one where the occupants are better off after having experienced the architecture. That is, they transform in some way (for the better) as a result of engaging with the built environment. This becomes life-changing architecture.

-         Excerpt from the award-winning book, Adaptive Sensory Environments by Maria Lorena Lehman

THREE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

As the proliferation of environmental technology leads us to more and more interaction, it is upon designers to orchestrate how those interactions will impact occupants. As an architect, you may ask the following three questions about your proposed design:

·        Do I wish to help occupants get a task done?

·        Do I wish to help occupants overcome an obstacle or challenge?

·        Do I wish to help occupants transform themselves for the better in some way?

While each of the latter questions (or architectural objectives) is a noble cause to pursue with your architecture, these questions can help you to stop and think about how beneficial your design actually is for its occupants. In other words, how deeply are you striving to positively impact occupants with your design? So yes, your architecture may indeed leave occupants better off than before they experienced your environmental design.But how much better off are they?

DEEPENING YOUR UNDERSTANDING

How can you push your architectural design to help uplift the lives of your occupants in transformational ways? This may call for you to more deeply understand multi-sensory design and emerging technologies, so you can make smarter design decisions while creating environments.

To learn how you can create architectural projects that go well beyond merely helping occupants get a task done, to creating life-changing environments that help them live better, please read my book: Adaptive Sensory Environments. You will learn an in-depth methodology and mindset shifts that will help you to design places that profoundly help occupants in life-changing ways.

Learn more at www.AdaptiveSensoryEnvironments.com

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Maria: I came across your website through a reference in today's Architect Weekly ezine and am delighted I did. I'll bookmark your site and check back often. I read the first article and then the second and thirty minutes later realized how much time had passed. I've been practicing for thirty years and have always missed the stimulation of academia. I find each of your brief dissertations sort of like a day in design studio. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ron Ward
AI Group Design
I am excited to see you touch a vein of values in architecture, I have been chasing myself for years. Your depth of involvement in these very deep subjects is really beautiful and passionately dealt with and well written. Sound, color and value, shape, texture, scale, smell.... all definitive measures of the spaces we should be alert to. [...] I will savor the rest of your investigation of sensuality in architecture. I'm Glad I found you.

Dennis McLaughlin
McLaughlin Architect
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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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