Architectural Design That Pulls Occupants Through A Journey

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Architectural features that are designed into your built forms can flow from one to the next — thus creating a journey for your building occupants. From beginning to end, your occupants travel through your building and this experience can be marked by memorable and sensorial experience. Don’t rely on signage to guide your occupants, instead use architectural features to prompt them, to inspire them, and to show them meaning as they travel through your built space. Design an architecture that pulls its occupants through a meaningful journey.

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00:01 Maria Lorena Lehman: I’m Maria Lorena Lehman with Sensing Architecture and the MLL Design Lab. And in today’s micro-lecture, I’m going to talk about what it means to design architecture that pulls your occupant along through an experiential architectural journey. You see, when you’re designing architecture, it’s important not to make your [Read more...]

Experiencing Notre Dame de Paris in New Light

The beautiful Notre Dame de Paris has been recently merged with new Philips lighting technologies. In fact, its interior has been entirely augmented with state-of-the-art LED lighting that allows for Notre Dame to be experienced anew.

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Notre Dame de Paris Interior | Image Courtesy of Philips

Of course, the lighting design for this incredible project is a balancing act between highlighting the features of Notre Dame while still being true to the original architecture.

“Philips is very proud to have placed its know-how and technology at the service of this splendid project. For us the challenge was to devise effective lighting while respecting the authenticity of this monument, which attracts several million visitors every year. The lighting really had to enhance the beauty of the site without at any time overwhelming it”, says Benjamin Azoulay, General Manager of Philips Lighting France.

As you can see in the image below, the layered detailing within Notre Dame really becomes clear, as space unfolds from one area to the next.

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Notre Dame de Paris Architectural Details Layered in Light | Image Courtesy of Philips

Similarly, the rose windows within Notre Dame are accentuated with light that allows for the glass to appear as if it is radiating — without disturbing views of the exterior. Such lighting appears to accentuate and make visible the many details and textures of Notre Dame architecture, a wonderful [Read more...]

How To Design Your Architecture For Occupant Growth and Change

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A critical question to ask yourself as an architect is: How will my building grow and change with and for its occupants? You see, an architecture needs to meet occupant needs and goals as they change, and in this video I will show you key ways that this can be achieved — so your building is one that is most relevant and valuable for its occupants.

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00:01 MLL: I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. And in this micro lecture I’m going to teach you about how your architecture can grow and change with your occupants’ ever changing needs and goals. So your architecture will go from being a vessel to being more of a hub. Where when it is a vessel it is more of an observer, and when it’s a hub, it’s more of an active participant in your occupants’ lives.

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00:36 MLL: So how does your architecture grow with its occupants? That is, your occupants have needs, and your architecture adjusts to meet those needs to help them reach their goals. And the question becomes once an occupant has reached their goal while experiencing your architecture, their goal might change. So they have a next goal. And the question becomes, how does your architecture adjust to meet the ever changing and growing needs and goals of its occupants?

01:14 MLL: So you can see here that we have needs, occupant needs that change. And this gives way to architecture which adjusts. And then, this leads to occupant goals that are reached. And then, needs change once [Read more...]

How Transformational Experience Can Improve Your Architecture

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Providing extraordinary experiences for occupants can really help them to achieve their goals and uplift their quality of life. That is why it is important for your architecture to target “transformational experiences” where occupants leave your architecture better off than before they entered it. In this video, I will show you how this is not only possible, but should also be a goal for you as a designer of built environments.

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00:00 MLL: I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. And in this micro lecture I’m going to teach you about a great goal for you to have as an architect — which is for you to design transformational experiences for your occupants. In this video, I’m going to show you what this is all about.

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00:24 MLL: A great goal for your architecture to have is for it to help occupants learn while they experience it. You see, occupants, upon experiencing your architecture, can learn. They can uplift their quality of life, and experiencing your architecture can be a transformative experience. So, in order for this to happen we begin with your building itself, and this is where [Read more...]

How Architectural Innovation Can Make You a Better Architect

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Finding and learning from latest architectural innovation trends can really help you to be a better architectural designer. You see, by understanding how architecture is advancing, you can take advantage of latest breakthroughs to improve your own designs. In this video, I will show you the next steps in architectural innovation for dynamic building designs — plus, you will learn how each step builds upon the last, so you understand where innovative architectural qualities can fit into your own design work.

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00:01 Maria Lorena Lehman: I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture and the MLL Design Lab. In this video, I’m going to teach you about the next steps in architectural innovation. Architecture has been through flex design, is going through interactive design, and in the future will embark upon adaptive design. In this video, I’ll teach you what that’s all about and how you can target your architectural designs to take advantage of the best of what the future holds.

00:37 MLL: So what are the next steps in architectural innovation? Well, as you may already know, flex design has been in the design parameter for a while. And this has led way into [Read more...]

How to Increase Building Performance for Occupants

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Your building performance can be increased with careful design attention to how it interacts with its occupants. You see, by strategically designing architectural elements to positively influence occupant behavior — you will be creating architecture that helps its occupants to meet their goals. In turn, this increases your building’s value for occupants. In the this video, I will show you how to boost building performance for your occupants, so they’ll not only enjoy the environments that you create, but will also tangibly benefit from them as well.

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00:01 Maria Lorena Lehman: I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture and the MLL Design Lab. In this video, I’m going to show you how to increase your building’s performance so that it can better serve its occupants. I’ll show you how to do this by increasing the influence that your building has upon its occupants, to make that influence a positive one, to help them achieve the ultimate goals that they would like to achieve, while experiencing your building.

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00:39 MLL: So the question is how do we increase building performance for occupants? So to do that, we have architecture and we have occupants, and the two interrelate and [Read more...]

SA 009: How to Make Adaptive Design Truly Versatile (Podcast)

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Podcast Summary:

Adaptive design should aim to be truly versatile. This ensures that an adaptive architectural design will do its best to meet occupant needs and goals. This podcast teaches you about three critical factors that can help your adaptive design to respond appropriately (and in real-time) to occupant needs. After all, with greater versatility within your adaptive design, will come greater building effectiveness for building occupants.

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Podcast Transcript:

This is Maria Lorena Lehman with SensingArchitecture.com, and today we’re going to talk about how to make adaptive design truly versatile.

Adaptive design in architecture is about buildings that respond to change. And this change can come from a variety of sources — like the weather or occupant behavior and need, for instance. Adaptive architecture is an architecture that can change in real-time to meet such occupant needs as they occur (or even before the occur, with predictive measures). But how do you ensure that your adaptive design is truly versatile? How do you ensure that it is able to meet those real-time needs of occupants?

The following are three important factors to ensure that your adaptive design for architecture is as versatile as it can be — in efforts to serve building occupants with the best [Read more...]