March 2014


Here is a good brief explanation by Mark Garcia on how patterns re-emerged in the digital age after Modernism and Postmodernism. …In the 1980s and 1990s, Postmodernist patterns predominated, and especially those of Robert Venturi, Rem Koolhaas, Stan Allen and Sanford Kwinter (fields), along with historicist, folding, sprawl, cross-programming, high-density/proximity, non-places and other Deconstructivist and high-tech patterns. In 1992, Henri Lefebvre’s last book Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life was published. Because Lefebvre’s keystone concept of ‘rhythm’ is identical to ‘pattern’, it stands (together with Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s […]


Vitra Contemporary Architecture Series #3, Life Sciences Project by Fulya Akipek and Tuğrul Yazar. The installation is a part of the exhibition called “Dreams to Realities” at İstanbul Modern Art Museum, curated by Şebnem Yalınay Çinici. Filika coded our design, an algorithm that generates rhizomic structures of typography, that include words of children about “education”. Here is a preview image: A video is posted here. While systems aim to educate masses to achieve ideal standards, can the individual be a part of it? What is the primary goal of education? […]


It is Baldequin (or Baldachin) in English, Baldeken, or Baldöken in Turkish. I don’t know which one is correct, but it is the name of a structural system of arches and pendentives that carry a dome. Sinan experimented square, hexagonal and octagonal variations in his mosque designs (as I developed parametric definitions of them in my 2003 master thesis (here)). Today, together with students we’ve modeled the system and tried to generate some variations by manipulating its parameters. Below is the starting point of modeling a square-plan Baldequin system. We […]