New version of Grasshopper brings out two important features: Patch surfaces and date/time components. We used to implement a VB component to create simple clocks that measure temporal operations in Grasshopper. Parsing and executing MusicXML’s and related applications were based on that (here, here and here for example). Now I see there is a whole component tab, dealing with time-based issues in Grasshopper. I’m glad much more could be done in real-time now. Second and more important component was the special surface construction method of Rhinoceros, patch command is now […]

Below is one of the fourteen final projects of freshman year Basic Design studio in İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture. The component, made of folded aluminium sheets. Students insist that this is the most optimal solution to the problem of polyhedra in a component-based structure. They experimented with this shape a lot and tried their best to make one that has similar triangular faces on different sides, so the component would drive the macroform in diverse directions. Prototypes, trying to figure out the connection of multiple components to span […]

The story of Atatürk Cultural Center (in Turkish: Atatürk Kültür Merkezi – AKM) is dated back to 1930’s. The first project was commissioned to Auguste Perret, who started the construction in late 30’s. However, war and financial problems caused the construction to be halted. The project continued in the early 1950’s with major updates and extensions. Faruk Akçer and Rüknettin Güney were responsible for this second version. This version is partially built until 1960, the coup d’etat. The last AKM version was to be designed by Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, who studied […]

This group used aluminium expanded mesh in order to test it’s balance between structural capacity and weight. They folded different sized sheets to create components, then assembled them creating a span of 2,5 meters approx. They managed to control the macroform by manipulating the component precisely. This year, dominant discussion among the studio instructors was the context; how to include (or not include), manage, and think about the context, specifically the place these structures are built on. However for a freshman year Basic Design education, we act very carefully about […]

Material system of group 2 at İBU Basic Design project was based on a component developed by using tensegrity forces on aluminium bands. Although it was hard to maintain structural solidity with the heavy material, they proved well that it is possible to let aluminium fly over a predefined distance (at least for a limited time). *Students: Büşra Kavuk, Büşra Pamuk, Mustafa Sert, Ahmet Evci, Safa Bayam, Sibel Küçükcoşkun, Gizem Işıkalp, Serenay Erbektaş, Cem Şakar, Kübra Göl For more information about the studio, click here.

Following posts will include some of the final projects, completed in Basic Design Studio, İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture in 2013. Below, you see an amazing work of group 1, an interlocking system that presents diversity and structural integrity at the same time. This project initiated a hard discussion among final jury. I think the interesting geometric underlying, great precision for a hand-made computer modeling of each piece, and the layer of structural details that generates a pattern itself, make this work an outstanding example of our intentions in […]

Below is a nice brief explanation of the concept “pattern” in architecture. In fact, this old issue of AD still covers many aspects of contemporary conception and use of patterns in designing. I advise everyone in this field to take a look at this journal. The etymology of ‘pattern’ is from the Latin pater, or patronus, meaning father, patron, god or master, from which is derived the notion of pattern as a model, example, matrix, stencil or mould. The contemporary concept of pattern is as a sequence, distribution, structure or progression, a […]

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.

Becoming very popular after the Beijing 2008 Olympics National Aquatics Centre’s facade (which is believed to be a voronoi subdivision, as an epic mistake), Weaire-Phelan is a solution (again said to be the “best” solution, which is not yet proven) of equal volumes with minimal surface area. This quickly became a cult object for contemporary architectural geometry (this is correct). Although it is believed to be a structural solution, I think for architects, catching the eye with “cute bubbles” seem to be the primary purpose of this structure. (images from […]

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.