People centered design is meaningful design. At Henriquez, we work at a very large scale (our Oakridge project is over 28 acres in size) where it is important to focus on larger urban issues. However, our belief is that thoughtful design must be measured through an exploration of the human experience, which prompted the development of a workflow to enable our designers to “enter” the model and experience the design progress at the human scale. This allows our architects to examine how residents will move and interact spatially, prompting adjustments to materials, building design and scale.
These explorations are not just singular touch points in our design process – but rather understood to be an integral part of an iterative design process. At our weekly team design check-ins, we launch Enscape from Revit to test the design from the vantage point of the human being. We are able to set up realistic digital scenarios to emulate the real world that include materiality, texture, context photos, and Enscape assets such as vegetation, people, and furniture to populate the space.
With this process, we can confidently identify and react to the simulation. As an application that works with all our 3D platforms, Enscape “keeps up” with our fast pace and iterative design process – enabling us to spend more time designing and less time implementing design changes in multiple software. This process allows for a meaningful examination of embodied experience — and hopefully better buildings.