This is our last material system of 2014, designed and produced at Basic Design I studio section instructed together with Can Sucuoğlu and Birgül Çolakoğlu. This group of students succeeded in developing a flexible but strong connection detail that allowed them to generate desired macroform quickly. However the overall look of the final composition should have been much better, it was placed in a little hurry, due to the snow and heavy rains. However, the multi-layered research on material, fabrication, connection details and geometry were very interesting. Students: Aslı Naz Çolakoğlu, Büşra […]


This was an example of high concentration. Group of students developed a material system from a very weak connection detail, making it possible to stand by itself, purely by experimentation. In the beginning, the geometric composition was already decided, so their research focused more on the possbility and precision of the materials and the connection details in realization of the composition. While watching a documentary film about arboriforms in nature, we gathered different project proposals, and decided to focus on the very first meaning of arbiforms which was highly related with the […]


This student project was lightweight but also very strong, a good start for a research on fibrous structures. The group of first year Basic Design students explain their project as; Arboriform, meaning as “something tree-shaped” was the main theme of the project, however we decided to focus more on the entwining movement of ivy. In order to create a material system that reflects this entwining behavior, we chose to research on fibrous structures, specifically the pvc hoses. It was a challenge to understand how we could make a very weak material such […]


This research was very successful in achieving its intended physical performance, which was holding on to a tree its designed for (and even  near climbing up in some cases). The system is lightweight yet very powerful, holding on but not causing any harm to its “host body”, the tree. The group of students explain their project as; Commensalism is one of the symbiotic life forms, in which one of the two life forms live together and provide benefit while the other one neither provides benefit nor gets harmed. For example, […]


This is an unfinished research on textile tensegrity technique, developed at Basic Design I Studio of Istanbul Bilgi University. The result was not satisfactory  as a design outcome, but yet interesting educational experiment. Students explain their project as follows: Coral reefs and corals themselves were starting points of our research. After analysing some of the coral forms and a couple of studio sessions, we came up with experiments of using “textile tensegrity” in our designs. We got inspired by many examples of this technique; the portable basketball stadium in London, the Temporary […]


This project explains itself very well, their motivation was very different from the rest of the studio; In our Basic Design Final Project, we are inspired from Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest sculptures, and we wanted to make our arboriform kinetic. First, we made a copy model of the original kinetic sculpture for ourselves in order to observe its shape, parameters and movement patterns. We realised that the system can also move and generate interesting variations without actually “walking”. So, we decided to study from the smallest components to the whole system and produced the Dna […]


Student project of the first year Computation-based Basic Design I studio at İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture. The contextual background is based on “Arboriform” that aimed to drive students’ design research process. Here is a quote from the student’s presentation: …Many of us do not believe and even do not want to believe in compatibility of natural phenomena with things done by human. Nature eliminates unfitted environmental factors while generating new potentialities from it. In our project, “symbiosis”, “tropism”, “branching”, “holding”, “rooting” etc. were the concepts that helped us to construct our material research. We aimed […]


This year’s first semester Basic Design studio was full of surprises. Together with Can Sucuoğlu and Birgül Çolakoğlu, we coordinated 9 student groups in their 4-week final project called as “Arboriforms”. Here is the material research of the first group of students. They described their project as; By using the folding geometries, we managed to mimic the movement of an ivy. It is the symbiotic relationship between a tree and ivy via haptotropism and branchings. We connect the folded and pinned faces of aluminium mesh plate, creating our micro-component. Then arranging micro-components together, we […]


This is a macro exercise in Rhino, showing that Rhino is pretty much capable of automating some cool text effects. Just copy and paste below code into the command bar of the Rhino, or open macro editor by typing macroedit, then paste there and press play. You’ll enter any string when prompted, then the macro handles rest of the process. You can play with the parameters by changing numeric values you see in the macro. ! _show _selall _delete _-text 0,0,0 h 10 _pause _sellast _setobjectname tex _boundingbox o c […]


Again, seamless patterns are one of the main exercises of this semester’s architectural geometry class. It is expected to improve students reasoning on generative patterning while they explain their processes step by step. In between the random decision makings and the consciousness about the process, here are some of the student works: Sıla Yılmaz Seda Kasa Kaan Hiçyılmaz Göktuğ Balıkçı


This is the Grasshopper definition that generates tetrahedral helix (also called as Boerdijk-Coxeter helix), but in a funny way. This geometry is also a solution for tangent spheres. I generated the helix using Anemone components for recursion and gave it a little bit of responsiveness. I don’t know if it depends on the speed of your CPU but if it is slow enough, you’ll see the snake game of tetrahedral helix as it is driven by your input from a control knob. I’m not that interested in phone apps nowadays but […]


Ok. I hope we’re back again. Here are some of the student works from this year’s computation-based basic design studio. Students are encouraged to construct designs that resemble shapeshifting systematic wholes. This was the first time they met with crafting potentials of a material, the corrugated cardboard.   Ayza Kurbanova   Ecem Karabıyık Melis Gültunca Cem Mert Şimşek Zülal Atakul


We are back! Here are some Revit component I’ve created for a project. These and other cool downloads can be found at revitcity.com T_Room Tag T_Parking Space T_Door Tag A Door


This is the introduction chapter of my latest paper presented at Nexus 2014 Conference, Ankara. The paper will be published in 2015 issue of Nexus Network Journal. Generative algorithms have been integrated to design in a sequential form where text-based scripting languages are accepted as mainstream tools. This approach to design scripting is originated to “control flow”, the dominating paradigm of programming languages. Methods of control flow eventually lead designers to seek for secondary syntactic mechanisms in order to control program states, such as iterations, branchings, and conditionals. Developing sequential executions […]


This is an interesting material project of this years computation-based Basic Design II studio. Students experienced a well-known structural system tensegrity, composed of cables, joint details and aluminium sticks. Although their overall macforom had serious problems, the exploratory process of this group was very successfull. *Students: Deniz Ağaoğlu, Fatma Sezgin, Serkan Ateş, Aysel Abasova, Kardelen Kıroğlu, Sedat Tolga Kalcıoğlu, İlayda Yörük, Nikol Sergici, Kıvılcım Dişli, Uğur Polat


Although it seems a safe-side technique for the 1:1 material study of the computation-based Basic Design II studio, this group managed to study the material very well so that the joint details are minimal and only 5 sticks came together in one joint. However they learnt that they should have span a greater distance with this system. *Students: Nur Seda Şahin, Yağmur Kocaman, Begüm Çakar, Batuhan Diyarbakırlı, Selahattin Başar, Suay Kayhan, Özge Miskioğlu, Derya Yapıcıoğlu, Işıl Terzioğlu


Here is another computation-based Basic Design II final project. It is made of paper tubes, joined angular by nuts and bolts in order to give the desired form. This group had serious problems with project development and exploration, but anyway they managed to finish this inspirational prototype. *Students: Abdullah Selim Buldu, Ecem Aksoy, Lachyn Tuliyeva, Neda Khorshidi, Selenay Geyik, Sevgi Yücel


This is a final project of Basic Design II, a study based on the formation methods of bambu sticks. Students worked at a bambu workshop and gained the essential knowledge in order to bend the sticks and build the 1:1 material system out of a shape that is supposed to be the armrest of a chair. Although their joint details and overall macroform had some problems, it is finished as an interesting experience. *Students: Yüsra Bayındır, Zeynep Dutipek, Dilara Heper, Selin Işıldar, Alperen Ekici, İlkben Topaç, Pelin Sezgin, İlkem Ege Sözbilir


This is the 299th post on designcoding.net. I decided to test and update (if necessary) all the Grasshopper codes and Rhinoceros files in the site. Below is the list and links to all files, tested with new versions of the associated software. You can right-click and save these files to your computer. Grasshopper components labeled with “OLD” are replaced with new ones, and definition files are updated to version 0.9.0072. Also these updates are noted in the mentioned blog post. Blog Post File Required software / plug-ins Emergent Polygons [GHX:0.9.0072] […]

A mid-15th-century Ottoman recipe, mantı is filled with pounded lamb and crushed chickpeas, steamed, and served topped with yogurt mixed with crushed garlic and sprinkled with sumac. In modern Turkish cuisine, mantı is typically served topped with yogurt and garlic, and spiced with red pepper powder and melted butter, and with ground sumac and/or dried mint. Although there are many different variations of mantı in terms of shape and way of serving, the most praised type of mantı is known as Kayseri Mantısı, a special kind of mantı belong to Kayseri, […]