Here is the winner of this year’s mid-term jury competition in first year Basic Design studio of İstanbul Bilgi University. We asked students to construct a contouring structure within 8m3 volume. After several clay and foamboard prototypes, this group studied 3d laser scanning to digitize the clay model, then finally they used leap motion gadget to simulate the hand-made clay forming in computer. Other student projects will follow this post, as there were several other interesting approaches in this jury. Students: Selim Buldu, Lachyn Tuliyeva, Neda Khorshidi, Serhan Koçbasan, Sevgi […]

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, […]

Design Computing classes conducted a “voluntary” assignment; a “contouring” fabrication, that outputs physical prototypes of the previous parametric wall assignment. They worked very well with the corrugated cardboard in fact, and extended the simple contouring exercise in Rhinoceros into a design study of patterning and transparency. It seems that corrugated cardboard is a perfect material to study the shift from digital to material. Below are some of the student works that study various angles of contouring on different seamless surface patterns. Ecem İkizoğlu, Esin Güneş Pınar Aksoy, Cansu Karaman Afra Öztürk […]

Here is a good brief explanation by Mark Garcia on how patterns re-emerged in the digital age after Modernism and Postmodernism. …In the 1980s and 1990s, Postmodernist patterns predominated, and especially those of Robert Venturi, Rem Koolhaas, Stan Allen and Sanford Kwinter (fields), along with historicist, folding, sprawl, cross-programming, high-density/proximity, non-places and other Deconstructivist and high-tech patterns. In 1992, Henri Lefebvre’s last book Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life was published. Because Lefebvre’s keystone concept of ‘rhythm’ is identical to ‘pattern’, it stands (together with Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s […]

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? […]

It is Baldequin (or Baldachin) in English, Baldeken, or Baldöken in Turkish. I don’t know which one is correct, but it is the name of a structural system of arches and pendentives that carry a dome. Sinan experimented square, hexagonal and octagonal variations in his mosque designs (as I developed parametric definitions of them in my 2003 master thesis (here)). Today, together with students we’ve modeled the system and tried to generate some variations by manipulating its parameters. Below is the starting point of modeling a square-plan Baldequin system. We […]

Here is one of the students works of this semester’s parametric modeling elective course. We refer the first couple of hours in molding of concrete as its “alive” phase. During this phase, due to various reasons concrete sweats, respires and in a way contains an inner circulation of forces. This phase ends when concrete dries and hardens, creating a kind of its fossil. Air bubbles are frozen inside and some even are seeable from on surface. Just like human lung structure, concrete wall contains patterned random porous elements. We refer them as the “alveoli” of the wall. Other […]

I’ve been searching for a way to implement edge bundling on Grasshopper. It is an effective visualization technique to be used in connectivity diagrams. There are a couple of different approaches to this problem, and it is a nice way to analyse common paths within crowded graphs. I’ve found several entries in Grasshopper blog about this subject, but only implementing Kangaroo seemed to be a complete solution. My approach is of course not a scientific one, but after the application of Anemone it is now possible to model such iterative […]

Anemone is a simple but effective plug-in for Grasshopper that enables for loops. It has been a while, Hoopsnake succeeded in extending dataflow capacities of Grasshopper with recursion. However Anemone is much more user-friendly and easy to use. Below is my first test, yes it works! Here is the group page on Grasshopper. I hope this plug-in would be advanced more. I’ll try to return my old studies which are ceased because of the lack of this functionality. This is my Grasshopper test of Anemone (although it is very simple): [GHX:0.9.0069] […]

While preparing the Geometry yearbook, I picked these four patterns from the 4th week assignment, “Seamless Patterns”. I still love to see how these patterns are generated by students with very limited knowledge on computer and geometry. There are other posts about this assignment here and here. Below are four from this semester; Ceren Atik Zeynep Dutipek Ceren Atik Meltem Bayrak