contact maria lorena lehman

send your message

Thank you! Your submission has been received!

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form

spECIAL MASTERCLASS: Design concept formulation

AHA MOMENTS, GUARANTEED.

Join Now to learn my HPA Design Formula to improve your architectural design concept formulations. This formula will help bring your mindset, skillset, and project design results to new heights. Plus, get the Design Insight Digest, FREE.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW

What if Architecture Fused with Game Design?

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

Image Credit: © Free-Photos | Pixabay

EXPANDING HUMAN POTENTIAL & PERFORMANCE

Is all of life a game-like journey? Or is the journey more of an experiential process with no real end-goal? Whatever life seems to be at a given moment, it is interesting to consider what physical environments would be like if they were designed with a gaming mentality.

Game design theories and principles can help designers to do more than simply integrate “reward” into an experiential journey. For example, an environment could tell a story that gives the journey a different and deeper meaning. (This would give rewards a renewed value for the receiver.) Yet, there is a critical question that remains: How can designers improve environments by integrating game creation principles? That is, how can environments use game design to evoke emotion, thought, or even behavior at just the right time? At the most basic level, one might imagine that an architectural building is a real-world game where one travels through collecting points or navigating a challenge-filled path. Yet, at more advanced levels, the point where game and architecture fuse, is the point where building occupants can use architectural-gaming interfaces to expand human potential and performance.

TYPES OF ARCHITECTURAL-GAME ENVIRONMENTS

An architectural-game environment could take on the following forms:

ARCHITECTURE OF GOALS: This is an environment that uses interaction with occupants to help them achieve particular goals they would like to realize.

ARCHITECTURE OF JOURNEYS: This is an environment that reveals a “story” as one experiences the built environment – whether traveling through it or simply spending time there.

ARCHITECTURE OF BALANCE: This is an environment that strives to maintain or keep different moving metrics or parts in equilibrium.

ARCHITECTURE OF BEAUTY: This is an environment that uses variations in behavior to create different forms of beauty through its architectural language.

ARCHITECTURE OF INFINITY: This is an environment that nurtures its occupant to progress as high as they would like – without an “ending” that would cap their progress.

As you can see, the above examples of architectural-game environments are only the beginning. The ability to fuse gaming principles with real-world environments poses an almost endless multitude of new design opportunities and challenges. As a designer, I invite you to consider if your architectural environments use any of the above listed forms within it, or if integrating one of the latter forms could help it reach more poetic heights. The key is to create architecture that “speaks” to occupants to help them uplift relationships with themselves, with each other, and with their surrounding context.

If life can be seen as a game, then architecture can mirror this – during those vital moments when it can make all the difference.

...

what members are saying...
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
read more testimonials
blog article categoriesresearch designs

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.

maria lorena lehman, as seen in...
featured posts
Architectural Design

How Poetics of Place Determines Level of Impact

When an architecture is designed with a high level of poetics, the level of positive impact upon its occupants increases. This is because function, aesthetics, and meaning converge to uplift occupants’ lives in new ways – either moment by moment as they experience the environment and/or after they have left the environment but are transformed due to their experience within its spaces.

Design Process

Top 3 Ways to Grow Your Design Process to the Next Level

It is my hope that you take time to improve your design process. For this is the root of your architectural projects’ level of success. Thus, I invite you to begin with the the following three steps that will help you to tackle the core of what makes your design process work. After all, this is how your projects can evolve over time to reach those next highest levels.

Architectural Design

How to Design for Architectural Flow

Architectural flow is a higher-level poetic goal to reach as you design environments. After all, there is a significant difference between a building that houses a variety of independent functions that co-exist near one another versus a building that fosters functions that harmonize with each other as each leverages the other. This is an important characteristic of architectural flow – where an occupant narrative emerges from a well-designed environmental narrative.