Use Computation as a Catalyst for Architectural Innovation

Introduction

Within architectural design, computation is used in varying roles. This micro-lecture aims to get you thinking about how computation can be used strategically — to act as a catalyst that fuels more sophisticated and innovative design solutions. In fact, this micro-lecture showcases four key ways that computation can integrate into your design process to help throttle your design vision further to help improve your architectural innovation. Watch this micro-lecture now to advance the role computation takes within your architectural designs.

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00:05 Maria Lorena Lehman: I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture, and in today’s micro lecture, I’m going to teach you how to use computation as a catalyst for architectural innovation. So we’ll begin with innovation here, and innovation in this sense is when new and better solutions to current and future problems can be created. We are targeting innovation as designers often, and to do this in today’s world we turn to computation as a key tool which actually becomes a catalyst to help us solve for problems with design. And keep in mind that problems can vary in complexity, and solutions can vary in sophistication. Now as computation is used as a catalyst for architectural innovation, we will now take a closer look at four key ways in which computation can be used to progress innovation.

01:24 MLL: The first way computation can be used as a catalyst is in the design process. This is where you as an architect use computers, 3D visualizations, software to actually make your design decisions within your computer software. So the design process works hand in hand with computation through certain phases. The second way computation can be used as a catalyst toward innovation, is with regard to construction methods. One can use computation to design and create for new construction assemblies, and this of course can go back to impact design process in the way in which decisions occur. So each of these ways that computation is used as a catalyst impact one another, as you can see here. Now the third way computation is used as a catalyst toward innovation is in regard to design parameters, and this is where the author of an environment can actually design a set of rules that shape the solution or response to an architectural problem set. So computation in this regard can actually help an architectural author or designer with design process and construction methods to take part in having a role in the design realm. The fourth way computation can act as a catalyst toward innovation is of course, through immersion. By being able to experience a design before it is ever constructed and used, new experiences can be designed to help uplift quality of life for occupants.

03:34 MLL: So as you can see these four methods where computation is used as a catalyst toward innovation can tie with one another into a comprehensive design process, or they can work as stand-alone methods that use computation in unique ways. And of course all of these can feed back into the way computation is being designed and how it is evolving as it is being used as a catalyst, again, to solve for those problems with design. Whether those problems vary in complexity, and whether the solutions vary in sophistication, the idea is to use computation to come up with innovative and comprehensive solutions to our current and future problems. So when you design as an architect, keep this in the front of your mind, how are you using computation in your designs? Is it merely a mirror of your architectural design thought and vision, or do you actually use it as a catalyst that helps you to grow and change and evolve your architecture?

04:58 MLL: Thank you for watching, I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. If you would like to learn more, I invite you to join my Design Insight Newsletter and you will also get my book, “Bringing Architecture to the Next Level” for free. Discover how you can shift your mindset to reach breakthrough ideas, meet and predict occupant need using sensory design, leverage your design process so you can get more with less and rethink new technologies to unleash your innovative edge. To join now and access your book, simply visit SensingArchitecture.com.

Top 4 Ways Adaptive Architecture Adjusts to Occupant Response

Introduction

Architecture and occupants can engage in a two-way dialogue where each improves because of interaction with the other. Such a two-way exchange in real-time where architecture then begins to adjust to occupant response yields an adaptive architecture that aims to meet occupant needs. In this micro-lecture, you will learn 4 key ways that an adaptive architecture can adjust to occupant response to help solve for their needs in real-time. Watch the following micro-lecture to see how these 4 methods help adaptive architecture to exude its own behavioral language.

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00:00 Maria Lorena Lehman: I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. In this Micro-Lecture, I’m going to teach you four key ways adaptive architecture adjusts to occupant response. As you can see here, we have architecture and we have occupants. Now as occupants engage within the architecture and embark upon their experiential journey within the built environment, the architecture itself can respond to occupant behaviors. When an architecture responds, this can make it interactive as it engages with its occupants in real-time. But after its first response, an occupant can emit a certain behavior, and once they do this, the architecture through its sensors can respond once again, but this time it can adjust its response to best fit occupant needs — and this begins to make architecture go from being an interactive design toward being adaptable.

01:15 MLL: So the question that we are asking today is what are ways that adaptive architecture can adjust to occupant response in real-time? So the first way is through kinetics. Architecture in this way can adjust physically as its pieces and parts, its featured elements can move through space to interact with its surroundings, like nature for instance, to respond to occupant need. A second way that adaptive architecture can adjust to occupant response is through its materials, especially as smart materials and nano materials are emerging. Materials themselves are able to react and respond and of course architecture depends a lot upon its own materiality. So this is another way that architectural elements can contribute to the overall architectural language that is adaptable.

02:24 MLL: The third way adaptive architecture can adjust occupant response is through technological changes. Air quality can adjust through HVAC systems, lighting can adjust through fixtures and acoustics can be adjusted as well. So technology within a built environment can help architecture adjust its environmental stimuli for occupant need. And the fourth way that adaptive architecture can adjust to occupant response is through information. Information that is conveyed through an adaptive architecture can do things like help to educate occupants and share with them latest events or news that are going on within the building for example.

03:19 MLL: Now all of these different ways in which adaptive architecture can adjust to occupant response come together to yield what would be the architectural language which becomes the architecture’s real-time behavior. And what happens is, that this adaptive architecture and occupant begin to have a two-way dialogue that occurs in real-time as each senses the other and adjust to improve because of the other, so the relationship becomes synergistic. So as you design think about these ways that your architecture can use kinetics, materials like smart materials, technology, and information to help your architecture make changes to itself in time, in real-time to help meet occupant need. I think this will help your designs to stand out as superb occupant experiences that help to uplift quality of life.

04:34 MLL: Thank you for watching. I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. If you’d like to learn more, I invite you to join my Design Insight Newsletter, and you will also get my book “Bringing Architecture to the Next Level” for free. Discover how you can shift your mindset to reach breakthrough ideas, meet and predict occupant need using sensory design, leverage your design process so you can get more with less, and rethink new technologies to unleash your innovative edge. To join now and access your book simply visit SensingArchitecture.com.

How Kinetic Architecture Fuels New Perceptions of Nature

Introduction

Kinetic architecture can use its transience to work with nature in ways that fuel new perceptions for building occupants. Using two key methods, kinetic architecture can work through perception and through behavior to re-present nature to occupants in ways they may never have experienced it before. In this micro-lecture, both perception through architecture and behavior upon architecture are explored as a means by which to spark innovative design concepts that provide for awe-inspiring occupant experience. Use this micro-lecture to jumpstart your creative thinking about what kinetic architecture can do to help occupants better harmonize with nature.

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00:05 Maria Lorena Lehman: I’m Maria Lorena Lehman, Founder of Sensing Architecture. And in today’s video, I’m going to teach you how kinetic architecture fuels new perceptions of nature for building occupants. You see, kinetic architecture can act as a go-between when it comes to nature and the occupants that use your architecture. By embedding or integrating kinetics into your architectural design, you can reframe nature’s behaviors and perceptions of nature for your building occupant to experience. In order to do this, you may notice how occupants often experience nature through architecture, particularly when they are experiencing the interior of a built space, for instance. In this case, an occupant must perceive through architecture to experience the qualities of nature. And when you add kinetics into this diagram, you will notice that nature can be re-presented anew to building occupants.

01:30 MLL: For instance, if within a kinetic architecture, a window frames nature and it moves or even changes color, what the occupant experiences as they look out that window will change. The perception of the nature that they experience through the window will be different as the kinetic architecture transiently changes.

01:55 MLL: Now, another way to view the interactions and new perceptions and experiences between kinetic architecture, nature, and occupant, can be seen when you take a look at behavior. Nature can interact or impact kinetic architecture, and the occupant can experience that nature as they experience the kinetic architecture anew — as it transiently changes. You see, an example of this can be found in nature when wind, for example, interacts with a kinetic form. The occupant then may experience viewing or hearing the kinetic form as it moves in the wind, and this creates a new perception of one of nature’s qualities, which is wind. So as you design, think about these two different diagrammatic formulas, if you will. Think about how transience and movement within your architecture, impacts how your occupants experience and perceive other elements like nature.

03:13 MLL: In one case, occupants perceive through kinetic architecture to transiently experience nature. And in the other case, nature behaves through kinetic architecture so that occupants can transiently experience the qualities of nature and the architecture. So, thinking in this way may help to spark certain new design concepts that integrate kinetics into your architecture in new and innovative ways that can help occupants reconnect with nature anew.

03:51 MLL: If you’d like to learn more, I invite you to join my Design Insight Newsletter, and you will also get my book, “Bringing Architecture to the Next level”, for free. Discover how you can shift your mindset to reach breakthrough ideas, meet and predict occupant need using sensory design, leverage your design process so you can get more with less, and rethink new technologies to unleash your innovative edge. To join now and access your book, simply visit SensingArchitecture.com.