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 […]

This is a macro exercise in Rhino, showing that Rhino is pretty much capable of automating some cool text effects. Just copy and paste below code into the command bar of the Rhino, or open macro editor by typing macroedit, then paste there and press play. You’ll enter any string when prompted, then the macro handles rest of the process. You can play with the parameters by changing numeric values you see in the macro. ! _show _selall _delete _-text 0,0,0 h 10 _pause _sellast _setobjectname tex _boundingbox o c […]

Again, seamless patterns are one of the main exercises of this semester’s architectural geometry class. It is expected to improve students reasoning on generative patterning while they explain their processes step by step. In between the random decision makings and the consciousness about the process, here are some of the student works: Sıla Yılmaz Seda Kasa Kaan Hiçyılmaz Göktuğ Balıkçı

This is the Grasshopper definition that generates tetrahedral helix (also called as Boerdijk-Coxeter helix), but in a funny way. This geometry is also a solution for tangent spheres. I generated the helix using Anemone components for recursion and gave it a little bit of responsiveness. I don’t know if it depends on the speed of your CPU but if it is slow enough, you’ll see the snake game of tetrahedral helix as it is driven by your input from a control knob. I’m not that interested in phone apps nowadays but […]

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