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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 […]


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


Final countdown has started until the jury of this semester’s Basic Design studio. Everyone is excited to see the products of this years architecture, interior design and industrial design students, while they are trying to set a higher standart for the exercise.  They’ll use both digital and physical media to unfold their design intentions about a systematic whole. Below is the current situation of our group together with Fulya Akipek, Nur Gürbüz and Alper Derinboğaz; We are discussing about geometric relationships that is becoming into a shape within a given […]


This year’s lanterns assignment was amazing. With very limited time and experience, Basic Design students created stunning compositions of polyhedra and unrolled complex surfaces. There are also some deviations of original lamp designs . Here are some of them:


Basic Design I exercise called “Cut and Fold: Deviation” explores diversity within relationships and material behavior. It is initially intoduced by Salih Küçüktuna as a simple but effective exercise platform. Below are some students works of this one week exercise. The term “deviation” has many uses in a range of fields from medicine to sociology. However it is frequently used in statistics with an interesting evocation to design computing: In mathematics and statistics, deviation is a measure of difference between the observed value of a variable and some other value, […]


Below are some of the student works from 4th week of this semester’s Basic Design studio. The gestalt notion “figure-ground phenomenon” refers to the characteristic organization of perception into a figure that ‘stands out’ against an undifferentiated background. What is figural at any one moment depends on patterns of sensory stimulation and on the momentary interests of the perceiver. Figure-ground relationship is an important element of the way we organise reality in our awareness, including works of art. Poets may rely on our habitual figure-ground organisations in extra-linguistic reality to […]


This was last year, Salih Küçüktuna had organized a one-day exercise at first-year Basic Design studio. It was a quite succesfull event, both emphasizing the fundamentals of contemporary design ideas, and also being very pedagogical regarding the method. We asked students to bring blank regular business cards and staples to the studio. Main idea was to design a component and multiply it in order to create a structure that spans a given distance. Results were very interesting regarding the time and resources used in the studio day. There were two […]


This is the second year we are experimenting a beautiful exercise with basic design 1 students at İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture. This is the construction of new year’s lanterns to be lit at campus garden. Here are a few photos of the two projects from 2012 and 2013, taken by Avşar Gürpınar. As a geometrical basis for this, we are conducting unrolling and stellation exercises combined with the basic idea of platonic solids and archimedian solids in Rhino. Benay has also introduced some interesting examples of such constructions. Here […]