March 2013

One of the cult texts in Shape Grammars theory is Stiny’s Ice-ray grammars. Although it is full of technical terms, it represents an analysis of a working algorithm, directly transferred from the behaviour of an artist. One can imagine a Chinese artisan, summoned to a building site, bringing with him tools and implements and a collection of finely finished sticks. Shown a rectangular window frame, he is asked to create an ice-ray lattice. He begins his design by selecting a stick of the appropriate length and carefully attaching it between […]

One of the main requirements of being succesfull in the field of digital design, seems to have nice high-tech background images. Usually it contains different kinds of nebula-like-grids, plastic-explicit and/or combinations of curves-surfaces-and-numbers, burnt by a couple of photoshop filters. If you have the right background, this means you are ready for a workshop, a book, or a presentation. (just joking) However I love these, cannot stand more than 1 minute working for them. So, here is what I found ten years ago while preparing a portfolio. This way, you can […]

Maxscipt can be used to automate specific modeling tasks in a sequential-parametric way. This example, developed in 2005 shows an example of that. It creates various table designs by polygon modeling operations and asks the  user various parameters. Maxscript file is here, [MS File] you can download, test and alter it however you want (last tested in Max Design 2011 and works). Below is the interface of the script; There are preset parameters in a dropdown box, and all other available parameters are organized in rollouts. Here are some default results […]

This month became a retrospective for myself. This was my first animation, prepared for CAAD Graduate course of Ahmet Turan Köksal in 2002. It was a funny inspiration from SDF-1 of Robotech. Model of the terminal is in fact, my graduation project at YTU Faculty of Architecture in 2001. It was a bus terminal project for İstanbul modeled in AutocadR14. I mirrored it with ground plane to create the space station. Other spaceships and grape-like houses are done with Rhinoceros 3.0 (again, they were my first modeling experiences). And they are put together in […]

Below is a part of Heidegger’s famous book, questioning concerning technology; … We are questioning concerning technology, and we have arrived now at aletheia, at revealing. What has the essence of technology to do with revealing? The answer: everything. For every bringing-forth is grounded in revealing. Bringing-forth, indeed, gathers within itself the four modes of occasioning – causality – and rules them throughout. Within its domain belong end and means, belongs instrumentality. Instrumentality is considered to be the fundamental characteristic of technology. If we inquire, step by step, into what […]

Today’s design computing class was about thinking simple. We explored how a small but smart design of a tiling system can generate diversity. Some patterns based on a system called “truchet tiling” are modeled in Rhino using patch and block commands. The example below shows the “prototile” of a hexagonal grid, while each edge is divided into two in order to generate a secondary blobish pattern. As the prototile is symmetric, design possibilities does not allow a hierarchical organization. Instead it refers to a homogeneous construction of minimal variations. Below […]

After explaining the beautiful parquet deformations of William Huff, Douglas Hofstadter states his opinions about algorithmic potentials of those patterns. Although it was 30 years ago, Hofstadter points out a fundamental discussion related with today’s parametric design tools; …for a machine to make simple variants of a given design, it must possess an algorithm for making that design which has explicit parameters; those parameters are then modifiable, as with the pseudo-Mondrian paintings. But the way people make variations is quite different. They look at some creation by an artist (or […]

In 2007, we conducted a computational design studio in YTU / CADU with Birgül Çolakoğlu. Below is the brief of the paper publised at METU JFA Vol24 issue 2 titled “An Innovative Design Education Approach: Computational Design Teaching For Architecture”. We were dealing with how new technologies are effecting the design cycle. Rhinoscript is used as an educational tool, and various short exercises are conducted with it. After 6 years, I still think of ways on how to construct a proper curriculum to introduce basics of architectural scripting. Or asking […]

This presentation was completed in 2007, as a part of a research project titled “Analytical Visuals in Architectural Design Studio”. We decided to use Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye as our actor, trying lots of different visual effects and techniques to understand and to express it’s fundamental design principles. Below are some of the elements we used in the project: some renders and panoramas along with a small video experiment. Modeling was based on various models and technical drawings of the building found around internet, and changing / modifying / re-modeling […]

This was last week’s Basic Design II exercise at İstanbul Bilgi University. Students are asked to construct solid-void compositions using pre-defined components. As these are complex structures to understand from mere outputs they are asked to prepare Rhino models to help explain their construction processes.  However we couldn’t make them explicate the rules of construction step-by-step. In exercises such as this one, the process is always more interesting than the single results. Maybe it is early for a beginning studio to expect such a control. Preliminary results of this exercise were […]

Architectural education in its relation with computational technologies is both becoming a part of these studies and having the potential of renovating itself with the knowledge of emerging technologies. This paper, in this framework will be presenting a design research studio that aims at developing the relational thinking capabilities in computational design process. In this studio, topics of parametric design, parametric modelling and relationality was questioned through design process. In 2006-2007 spring semester in the Graduate Studio II course of Computational Design Program at Yildiz Technical University, parametric modelling software, […]