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.


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, […]