April 2013


This is an old research paper, prepared with Birgül Çolakoğlu. It is in Turkish and includes our first results in some of the Rhinoscript exercises. Here is the abstract of the paper; Recent research in architecture have focused on to understand computational methods of formal exploration and expression. Computational mechanisms have been used to readdress formal issues using new techniques and methods. Computational tools that operate on algorithmic logic are central in these explorations. Despite the proliferation of computers in architecture today, use of algorithms in architectural design is limited. This paper describes “Designing […]


Trifoliolate is a single-axis, single-prototile hexagonal deformation designed by Glen Paris at the studio of William Huff in 1966. Dataflow diagram of the prototile is defined by first implementing a “manual” Euclidean construction of ruler and compass, then this applied to Grasshopper using a curve evaluation method (which is much optimal). This dependency graph reveals parametric potentials of the tiling. After that, a gradial manipulation is added to the tiling in order to create the original parquet deformation. Finally, further deformation opportunities are experimented on the tiling. Dataflow modeling is based […]


I’ve seen very beautiful examples of similar compositions made by using vector field components in Grasshopper. Just tried to make my own animate field lines to see how they float over force dynamics. In essence, these compositions could also be done using regular vector components but the field components make life much more easier by merging different forces together rather quickly. Here is my Grasshopper definition (be careful it may slow the computer down) [GHX: 0.9.0014] As you see below, it is a quite small definition that creates beautiful complexity. Although we […]


In Design Computing class, we have discussed how the parametric wall study (here) can be implemented to describe regular curved surfaces such as domes. This led us to well-known design compositions named as Muqarnas. Previously we have studied how a parametric muqarnas definition could be in Grasshopper (here). After a couple of weeks study, students started to capture the idea of generating seamless surfaces out of a few components. Of course “Designing your own muqarnas” is a tough question. Here are some successfull results of it; Ekin Arslan. Although she […]


“Re_Flex Patterning” workshop will be conducted at İzzet Baysal University Faculty of Engineering and Architecture between 6-8th May, 2013. Workshop is conducted by Tuğrul Yazar and Fulya Akipek, from İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture. Integrating digital media with material world reveals emergent performances. Parametric modeling techniques encourage designers to study more one the envelopes of potentials instead of singular artifacts. Working with these envelopes reveal a design cycle that entails determination of relations and within this relational framework, dynamics keep design process active and variable. In the serie of […]


WFC Shangai is a design exercise in our first-year Design Computing class introduced by Onur Yüce Gün. This exercise emphasizes both analytical thinking and associative geometry and aims to utilize boolean operations as solid and void references in creating forms. We asked students to develop variations of this building. In order to discuss this formation in class, I studied a simple algorithm to test variations in real time. Grasshopper definition can be downloaded from here [GHX: 0.9.0014]. The initial shape, developed by a boolean intersection of a rectangular prism and […]


Here are some student works about the parametric wall exercise I briefly explained here along with a Grasshopper implementation of the core wall definition. Students are expected to design their own brick, and compose it in a way that it generates a seamless wall surface. Ömer Kirazoğlu Osman Can Sözüneri Seda Öznal (slightly out of requirement but very interesting) Adnan Faysal Altunbozar Özgüç Bertuğ Çapunaman


This is a first-year design computing problem we studied last month. It is a simple parametric wall exercise introduced by Mete Tüneri. Creating a simple definition of a building brick to be placed on a straight path, and then manipulating the path to reform different variations of the brick. This aims to introduce a fundamental concept of associativity in contemporary architectural geometry and design computing. Students are then encouraged to develop their own parametric brick to be tested in different path conditions.   Below is a simple implementation of above […]


This is a solid-void (or boolean) exercise for first year students. It is initially introduced by Onur Yüce Gün as an in-class exercise, but later became a design problem also. Before getting into the parametric wall and eventually muqarnas exercises, this small but effective assignment help students understand some of the fundamental concepts such as associativity, solid / void relationships and component-based design compositions in three dimensions. Here is the initial object we used to introduce in design computing class: As you see, the component is developed in a fashion […]


Today’s design computing class was about fractals. In Rhino, writing macro statements are very easy to learn as it just mimics your behaviours in a sequential text. There are few syntactic rules that we should know. First, you should watch the command line carefully to understand the steps of your design process. Each command in Rhino require different inputs from the user. In macro, you may enter these values or tell macro to ask user by typing “_pause”. Blank spaces work as if you hit enter. Below is one of […]