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IABA 2015 International Architecture Biennial Antalya // October 2015, Exhibition at Karaalioğlu Park Design and Prototyping: Fulya Akipek, Tuğrul Yazar, Aslı Aydın Team of students: Alara Lüküs, Burak Güney, Elif Soylu, Tufan İşcan, Tunç Şenman Consultants: Anonim İstanbul_Burcu Serdar Köknar, Hande Kalender, Dilek Yürük Video by Elif Soylu COMMON action GARDENS I is an urban garden structure which is exhibitted and still in use in Karaalioglu Park as part of the 3rd Architecture Biennial Programme in Antalya. These structures are injected in formal park layouts as edible gardens whose aim […]

“Grasshopper” çalıştayı İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Eyüp / santralİstanbul Kampüsü’nde, Mimarlık Fakültesi içerisinde 26 ve 27 ekim tarihlerinde 2 gün boyunca saat 10:00 – 16:00 arasında gerçekleştirilecektir. “Grasshopper ile Parametrik Modelleme” kitabının yazarları Tuğrul Yazar ve Serkan Uysal tarafından yürütülecek çalıştayda Grasshopper’a giriş, veri yapıları ve temel geometrik dönüşümler incelenecek ve uygulamalar yapılacaktır. Çalıştay dili Türkçedir. Katılım ücretsizdir. Katılım için önceden kayıt yaptırmak gerekmektedir. Kayıt başvurusu için 24 ekim saat 18:00’e kadar adresine kısa bir özgeçmiş gönderilmelidir. Kontenjan 20 kişi ile sınırlıdır. Katılımcı listesi 25 ekim salı günü duyurulacaktır. Katılım listesine girenlerin […]

“A-Chord” design system is developed and constructed for the World Wood Day 2015 events in İstanbul. The structure is made of fifty wooden struts of 4 cm X 4cm with changing heights from 200 cm to 230 cm. Single unit of the structure is formed by two struts joined with a hinge to enable folding, while the nearby unit is folding to the opposite direction. The construction details, measurements of the struts, positions of the hinges, angles of the tensile chord axis are generated automatically by the parametric model. These automatic construction data enabled the revisions […]

This is a project proposal designed at the workshop organized together with Simge Esin Orhun and Fulya Akipek as part of the International Wood Day Exhibition in İstanbul. This time, the final Grasshopper definition is created “after” some experiments with physical models. Here is the first model showing the idea inspired from the folding chairs studied here. I realized that in order to make a “wall” instead of a chair, it would be a good idea to extend the edges of the sticks so that they meet at several (2 for example) […]

This is the final Grasshopper sketch of our graduate studio conducted together with Fulya Akipek at Yıldız Technical University Computational Design Unit. The project wa about to design parametric “Lanscape Extensions” at Kabataş Park. I hope I’ll be able to post the actual student works, the material system, but now; only the final result of the digital sketch we’ve developed together with students are presented here. This was a kind of “sketchy” definition that came up as an investigation about how can we construct a system on the selected area […]

Third and the final outcome of the Animate Patterning workshop is coordinated by Mehmet Ali. Students tried to develop a kirigami-like surface animation (which is also a good solution to my one-servo question) while they studies numerous variations. They ended up with this panel, ready to be moved by arduino; The workshop is organized together with Mehmet Ali Altın and Fulya Akipek. Students are, Murat Akırmak, Gizem Ceyhanlıer, Cem Kıyak, Bartu Can, Tuğba Levent, Seda Orhan, Gizem Gümüşkaya, Yunus Emre Boz, Rana Arslan, Kadircan Avcı, Meryem Geçimli, Mehmet Özdurak, Ayşegül […]

Here is another student project from the three-day workshop we’ve conducted together with Fulya Akipek and Mehmet Ali Altın. Briefly, the idea was to develop a system of cogwheels that spin together to animate an entire pattern. It was about to develop a kinetic system with a simple arduino-based setup, probably with one servo and a motion sensor. The integration of cogwheels system and the underlying pattern was an interesting research. Although it seemed very simple for a servo setup, unfortunately we couldn’t manage to calibrate the arduino and the […]

This is one of the works of three-day workshop at Eskişehir Anadolu University, called “Animate Patterning“. This project is based on our previous folding experiment posted here, while students advanced it, testing a folding style called “Miura”. They built a 2.5m x 1m folding pattern, explained briefly here. After analysing, and testing the folding technique, they drew the tessellation composed of a single parallelogram. They joined the structure together with hinges and screws. Finally an arduino setting is added including a continuous servo and a PIR motion sensor. Although the available time was not enough to […]

Inspired from this cut-fold pattern, we developed a prototype with Fulya Akipek. First experiments were made from 3mm thick foamboards and they worked very well with 50×70 plates. However when the project gets bigger and bigger, we needed to add a joint detail and use 5mm thick foamboards to achieve our goal (that is to develop a 1m by 2.5m shutter system). Then, we tried to animate its folding behavior by adding an arduino setting with one motion sensor and a standard 11kg-cm torque continuous servo. This was another prototype we’ve introduced […]

This is one of the ideas we’ve tested for the workshop “Animate Patterning“. Inspired from this work, Apart from the pattern that turns around, the torque, rotation radius and the speed of servo, weight, connection detail and number of foamboards become important inputs for this design. In the three-day workshop, one group of students interpreted this idea of using several moving layers and creating an emergent pattern at perceptual level. However their project was slightly different from this one, I’ll post their results later.

Here is the official video of the project “Life Sciences”, designed together with Fulya Akipek, and engineered by Filika Interactive: To be presented in the 2014 Vitra Contemporary Architecture Series Exhibition, Life Sciences is an interactive project produced by Filika Interactive using Openframeworks following the conceptual and visual design by Fulya Özsel Alipek and Tuğrul Yazar. The project is an interactive presentation of the content obtained from the interviews made with primary education students by artists in a visual structure that resembles plant rhizome under 5 categories: subject, space, time, object and […]

Together with Fulya Akipek and Mehmet Ali Altın, we’re conducting a 4 day workshop in Anadolu University, Eskişehir, between 1 and 4th of May. We’ll be focusing on Grasshopper + Firefly + RhinoNest (the casual trio), in order to introduce some of the basic concepts of parametric design to students. Materyal dünya, sayısal ortamın olanaklarıyla entegre edildiğinde beklenmedik performanslar açığa çıkabilir. Parametrik modelleme teknikleri, tasarımcıya tekil ürünün ötesinde olasılık setlerinin araştırılabileceği bir ortam sağlar. Bu tür olasılık setleriyle çalışmak, tasarım döngüsünde ilişkilerin tanımlanmasını gerektirir ve bu ilişkiler tasarımı sürekli aktif, […]

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? […]

From the website of Istanbul Modern Art Museum (here): DREAMS TO REALITIES Istanbul Modern hosts the third part of the VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series, initiated by VitrA and the Turkish Association of Architects in Private Practice.Focusing on commercial buildings and tourism buildings in previous years, the project aims to document, debate and form a platform for further work in the field of contemporary architecture in Turkey by concentrating on different structure types. This year’s exhibition invites the audience to think and develop dreams on education. Presenting education from the viewpoint […]

This is a design competition I’m very excited about. Normally, I don’t post such events, but people looking at this blog are probably interested in this. According to the competition brief: This competition is a call for methods and forms that inspire hope and dreams through new technology, creative logic, and aesthetic intuition. Its purpose is to encourage the development of new design methods for better architecture and better cities (and, broadly, better design in general), and to recognize groups and individuals who have taken up this challenge. By introducing outstanding achievements to […]

This was my first parametric patterning study we’ve conducted together with Birgül Çolakoğlu at Yıldız Technical University in 2008. It was based on the pattern exercises we’ve experienced with BOT Graduate Students as a preliminary study within a Computational Design Studio. Later, the CNC fabrications were exhibited at İstanbul Bilgi University Digital Design Symposium. The exercise was about analysing and reconstructing regular İslamic Patterns via MaxScript. After fundamental instructions about the language, students are encouraged to generate and fabricate patterns. Below are some examples of it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find original […]

Fracture is a simple effect experiment on Grasshopper. Although it is not the best tool for an interactive media installation regarding its performance, I tried to use it as a simple sketching tool for concept development. It is the sketch of a material system we are working on nowadays for an Exhibition. Initial diagram on Grasshopper includes a nested voronoi subdivision broken by moving attractor points. It is not fast enough for a real-time interaction yet, because of the time it takes to develop planar surfaces. I’ll continue with this […]

A newly established student club named “E3 Architecture and Design” is organizing a two-day workshop at İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture between June 10-11, 2013. Event will be conducted at our computer lab. so the seats are limited to 28. I’ll try to explain the basic concepts of dataflow management in computer aided design. Also I plan to test a couple of problems apparent in computational geometry but not architecture yet.

Below is the final production of three-day workshop at Bolu İzzet Baysal University Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. For more information about the process and the photos from first student prototypes, you may visit workshop blog at Grasshopper definition developed within the workshop is a simple multi-attractor system that deforms (or re-constructs) a regular square grid using the well-known voronoi subdivision. I’ll post the definition here.

The three-day design workshop at Bolu İzzet Baysal University has now opened a blog at:  Students are expected to share their work there, so you may be able to track the whole workshop process in real-time.