November 2012

I’ve been searching for a method to study voronoi subdivision in order to manipulate it. There are well-known algorithms for that but I thought it would be better if I use a projective approach just as I did in studying hyperbolic space (here). This is the metaphor of  inflating balloons. However I inflated cones instead of spheres. Below are some experiments of it. Above is the regular voronoi subdivision in 5 steps, with constantly and equally inflating points. [GHX: 0.9.0014] Rhino 5 The second attempt (above) shows an interpretation of variable […]

Today’s Architectural Geometry course was about platonic solids and different attractor objects in introducing component-based design systems. Benay’s idea was both pedagogical and interesting to test in Grasshopper. I searched for the most fundamental type of attractor solid in creating a composition such as this; There is a subdivided sphere and an attractor sphere. Pull component works great here. You may use multiple attractor solids or different shapes such as platonic solids as attractors. It is a quite easy and funny definition to play with and to tell students about […]

In this exercise, students are asked to develop a method to produce custom tessellations. This is based on the analysis of what is called “islamic geometric patterns”. We have discussed about Erik Brough’s famous book, regarding geometric relationship and linear connectivities via underlying tessellations (such as regular square and hexagonal). Students, then created their own patterns along with their step-by-step explanations. Here are some results of it; Adnan Faysal Altunbozar Bahar Kaplan Cenk Toksöz Nilüfer Durmaz Nurseli Yorgancı Zeynep Albaş  

Serkan briefly explains our ideas on what is called “green architecture”. Both in Turkish and in English; After it becomes evident that Earth’s resources are not limitless and they are not only for humankind, a search began for developing techniques to sustain the growing cycle of production and consumption. Common environmental themes of architecture such as “back to green” and “recycling” are not enough for sustaining such production / consumption behaviours. Instead of looking at environmental issues solely from the perspective of waste management, it should be encouraged to approach […]

First year Architectural Geometry course includes euclidean constructions as a study of associative geometry. We have exercised below questions to study this topic. These are three mutually tangent circles, that can be drawn using only compass and ruler, without built-in tangency functions in Rhino. Such exercises are expected to improve students’ reasoning. We believe architectural geometry education should encourage a conception that allows students to think about what they are doing and control their process, rather than just using commands to produce forms randomly.

This is my first try of DesignScript syntax. It is quite easy to understand and on-screen reference help seem to work well. It creates regular AutoCAD entities when you run. One of the most important concepts of this language is said to be a kind of associativity that updates objects when any parameter is changed while script is running. However such associativity is not possible after the script has finished running. If you want to use regular imperative style, you should use directive [imperative] in  the script to tell it […]

While Grasshopper and Rhino is having a major transformation from good old 4.0 to fast and furious 5.0, I’ve managed to install Autodesk’s Designscript at last. This development was interesting for us, because it encourages us to come back to the old AutoCAD again. First, I installed an educational version of AutoCAD 2013. They say it works with AutoCAD 2013 but don’t just search for a editor toolbar because AutoCAD does not include script editor by default. In order to test it, install Designscript setup file from Autodesk technology preview […]

Last week, first year architectural geometry course was about pattern deformations. Students are expected to familiarize with 2d drawing, transformation and control point editing commands while trying to design a deformation. After studying regular and semi-regular tessellations of the plane, they are expected to develop a reasoning on the rule-based and iterative processes. This also constructed an underpinning for Basic Design’s “Metamorphosis” study, where they have discussed about more conceptual frameworks derived from such systems. Below are some of the results from this one week exercise; Adnan Faysal Altunbozar Ayşe […]