concepts, environments and products
to resonate emotionally with people
I believe that if cities were designed softer, our social attitude would change.
We are affected -constantly- by how our environment is designed. Sometimes we are aware of it. But most often we are not: we might like a place or be repelled by it, but usually can't point out why. And that office space "feeds" us, that lobby, and that waiting room. Every day.
Through my years as practicing architect, I noticed we can bring much more emotional intelligence into daily space.
Designing from how space and materials "make us feel" can create engaging and healthy experiences for people.
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"soft" textures between architecture and our body
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get a user "advocate" and deliver a memorable experience
and, ultimately, wellbeing for the humans we are serving
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While proposing a material installation on interior projects with architects, I have often heard: "yes it's nice, but what is that for? It's "just" decoration."
Why are we so reluctant to incorporate visual bliss? Isn't that enough "function"?
Have you ever found yourself wrapped in too many things?
There is only one way to fight overthread.
Function is over(rated). Not that we don't need to think about it or prepare to respond to needs, but, making (or consuming) design responding to function feels like such a lost opportunity.
I propose that form follows purpose.
Can you imagine to invite yourself to a dance not in your room, but with it?
Here's an invitation to, not "material thinking", but "material dancing".
Have you observed that you perform the same movements every day? And once daily moments become daily routines, we get numb to them: they become invisible.
While unexpected or dramatic happenings can bring us to noticing the "around us", let´s invite ourselves to daily noticing.
Through the years, I found that the best way of working on a design project (which can also be translated into life projects) is what I call pulling vs pushing.
We hear, share and propose every end of the year exciting commitments. Grand personal and professional dream challenges.
Today I pledge for plucking out, instead, the strings for small-growth. Tuning into powdered, yet incremental growing can lead to major changes, over time.
When going through different architecture schools - as student in the past, then as teacher, guest or visitor- there is one thing which puzzles me. There is no People Department.
Can a texture help us celebrate the rain?
Wether or not it happens to you everyday where you live, it rains. And, since we cannot change its presence: how can materials help us develop alternative relationships with it?
Can materials disguise themselves?
There is only one way to find out: getting closer.