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 […]

Here is a small paragraph from Deleuze’s famous text, “Difference and Repetition”. It is still very exciting to read these ideas; “…If repetition is possible, it is due to miracle rather than to law. It is against the law: against the similar form and the  equivalent content of law. If repetition can be found, even in nature, it is in the name of a power which affirms itself against the law, which works underneath laws, perhaps superior to laws. If repetition exists, it expresses at once a singularity opposed to […]

Unlike classical Pattern Deformation assignment discussed here and here, this time we asked students to explore deformations by using referential systems as a secondary space. They are expected to create variations on a regular pattern only by deforming its underpinning lattice. Below are three examples of this alternative assignment. I’m thinking about improving this exercise to three dimensions, seems very easy to implement by using cage editing commands of Rhino. Selin Işıldar Serra Uludağ Mine Güvenç

Here is a test of the optical flow component of Firefly. You can check the Firefly add-on to Grasshopper here. As an ongoing research project, I’ve been searching for a suitable platform to study responsive geometric patterns. This initial study focuses on one particular effect of Firefly, the optical flow that outputs the direction vectors on a given webcam input. I developed traces of it by joining endpoints of these vectors together, creating strings. Then, recorded them to give better motion effects, adding color afterwards. Here is the Grasshopper definition […]

Rhinoceros cannot align text onto a curve (as far as I know). Grasshopper should help in such tasks as it is well equipped with text components in the latest version. Nowadays I’m studying at an installation project which includes such typographic effects. However, the fonts are still missing in Grasshopper’s native text components. Below is a simple definition that align any given text onto any given curve set. Be careful about “curve frame” component as it would create upside down planes (I have no idea why), just use “horizontal frames” […]

Here are some before/afters of our first year student works. In the beginning, they were all full of life, nevertheless after a couple of seasons, things started to change slowly. Reason: Extending the phase space of a material performance, unfolding the impossibility of permanence… Or just snow load. Reason: Rot. Or, in an academic language, revealing unintentional symbionic relationships with it’s natural environment; (de)formation by fungi and moisture. Reason: Getting more and more familiar every day, losing it’s “real virtuality” by becoming real, also losing its shinyness and transparency. Or, just […]

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 […]

Lokma is the name of a pastry made of fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey and cinnamon, typically shaped into a ring or ball. Unfortunately it is not the “Lokma” we’ll study here. In Turkish, there is another meaning of “Lokma” related with the history of eastern architecture. Lokma is the name of metal connectors used in railings, mostly inside of the openings of garden walls and old Mosque complexes. This system is often called “Lokma Railing” or “Lokma Iron”, while the connector of the railing is called […]

Here is a phrase from Deleuze’s famous article “Difference and Repetition”. It clarifies my mind while thinking about patterns, boundaries, rules and most imporatantly, the idea and techniques of deformation in contemporary architectural geometry. … On the other hand, generality belongs to the order of laws. However, law determines only the resemblance of the subjects ruled by it, along with their equivalence to terms which it designates. Far from grounding repetition, law shows, rather, how repetition would remain impossible for pure subjects of law – particulars. It condemns them to […]

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: