basic design


This project started as a study on a geometric method, called as quadror, but resulted as an amazing self-standing structure with a capability to fold flat. Initially after Ayza made lots of sketches and models, the project team continued the research and finally they managed to build one prototype only in two days. Here are some photos of this project but there are much more variations and models at their own blog linked below: Below are some photos of their research: This is supposed to be the final prototype. *Students: […]


This final project of the Computation-based Basic Design II at IBU, focuses on the bending performance of wooden plates. Their initial development of a module ended up with a macroform that spans a surface in two directions, enabling various human postures such as sitting, leaning and lying down. A very promising work that could further be developed. Below are some photos: Final prototype The idea and the process. *Students: Azra Tulu Cumur, Batuhan Güllü, Büşra Kılışlı, Cem Mert Şimşek, Fatma Oran, Onurcan Oktay Here is the student blog of this […]


Another well organized group of students produced this self standing structure in only a couple of days. This group joined the same 8mm wooden plates into a set of components of 8-sided polyhedra. Then, they joined these components in a fashion that the macroform emerged from the angles of their geometry. Below are some of the pictures of their production phases:   The final prototype Some phases of the production Model of the component and the macroform. *Students: Başak Ayris Karayiğit, Dila Kırmızıtoprak, Dilruba Ağaçcıoğlu, Ecem Karabıyık, Elifsu Oturan, Maide […]


A very hard working group of this year’s Computation-based Basic Design Studio produced this amazing structure. They joined 8mm cnc-cut wooden plates using puzzle-like cuts and tightened with strings. A good example of group coordination produced this result in two days. Below are some photos of the prototype and the project phases: Final prototype. The joint details and the first experiments. *Students: Aslı Naz Çolakoğlu, Aybike Yılmaz, Bilge Kardelen Bekiroğlu, Büşra Hamzaoğlu, Ceren Bilen, Simay Uluca, Zülal Atakul Here is the blog of this project.


In this final project, wooden sticks are arranged to produce ruled surfaces for various uses such as sitting, leaning etc. Here are some photos of the final prototype and it’s production phases. Final prototype Digital model First sketches. *Students: Dilara Çerçi, Elham Kaya, Gizem Kama, Gül Zorlu, Gülşah Kılıç, Orhan Ünver, Yiğit Altındağ, Sena Ortaç Here is the students’ blog on this project.


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


This is an interesting material project of this years computation-based Basic Design II studio. Students experienced a well-known structural system tensegrity, composed of cables, joint details and aluminium sticks. Although their overall macforom had serious problems, the exploratory process of this group was very successfull. *Students: Deniz Ağaoğlu, Fatma Sezgin, Serkan Ateş, Aysel Abasova, Kardelen Kıroğlu, Sedat Tolga Kalcıoğlu, İlayda Yörük, Nikol Sergici, Kıvılcım Dişli, Uğur Polat


Although it seems a safe-side technique for the 1:1 material study of the computation-based Basic Design II studio, this group managed to study the material very well so that the joint details are minimal and only 5 sticks came together in one joint. However they learnt that they should have span a greater distance with this system. *Students: Nur Seda Şahin, Yağmur Kocaman, Begüm Çakar, Batuhan Diyarbakırlı, Selahattin Başar, Suay Kayhan, Özge Miskioğlu, Derya Yapıcıoğlu, Işıl Terzioğlu


Here is another computation-based Basic Design II final project. It is made of paper tubes, joined angular by nuts and bolts in order to give the desired form. This group had serious problems with project development and exploration, but anyway they managed to finish this inspirational prototype. *Students: Abdullah Selim Buldu, Ecem Aksoy, Lachyn Tuliyeva, Neda Khorshidi, Selenay Geyik, Sevgi Yücel


This is a final project of Basic Design II, a study based on the formation methods of bambu sticks. Students worked at a bambu workshop and gained the essential knowledge in order to bend the sticks and build the 1:1 material system out of a shape that is supposed to be the armrest of a chair. Although their joint details and overall macroform had some problems, it is finished as an interesting experience. *Students: Yüsra Bayındır, Zeynep Dutipek, Dilara Heper, Selin Işıldar, Alperen Ekici, İlkben Topaç, Pelin Sezgin, İlkem Ege Sözbilir


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 […]


Basic Design I exercise called “Cut and Fold: Deviation” explores diversity within relationships and material behavior. It is initially intoduced by Salih Küçüktuna as a simple but effective exercise platform. Below are some students works of this one week exercise. The term “deviation” has many uses in a range of fields from medicine to sociology. However it is frequently used in statistics with an interesting evocation to design computing: In mathematics and statistics, deviation is a measure of difference between the observed value of a variable and some other value, […]


Below are some of the student works from 4th week of this semester’s Basic Design studio. The gestalt notion “figure-ground phenomenon” refers to the characteristic organization of perception into a figure that ‘stands out’ against an undifferentiated background. What is figural at any one moment depends on patterns of sensory stimulation and on the momentary interests of the perceiver. Figure-ground relationship is an important element of the way we organise reality in our awareness, including works of art. Poets may rely on our habitual figure-ground organisations in extra-linguistic reality to […]


Here is the “hose” group of İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture Basic Design project. Although they challenged with a nearly impossible mission, trying to make a structural system out of hoses, they simply done it well. After a tremendous effort on the possible combinations of hoses and wooden sticks, they found sophisticated components, utilizing the positive potentials of both material. This year, we allowed them to develop composite systems by blending different behaviours of materials. In fact, no one was sure about the structural integrity of hose-stick combination. But […]


This was last year, Salih Küçüktuna had organized a one-day exercise at first-year Basic Design studio. It was a quite succesfull event, both emphasizing the fundamentals of contemporary design ideas, and also being very pedagogical regarding the method. We asked students to bring blank regular business cards and staples to the studio. Main idea was to design a component and multiply it in order to create a structure that spans a given distance. Results were very interesting regarding the time and resources used in the studio day. There were two […]


İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture Basic Design II Spring 2012 undergraduate studio* group 8’s project is a metal surface construction. Group of first year design students were capable of designing, modeling, fabricating and assembling the structure with a good precision. After physical prototypes of the proposed spanning structure, they further experimented in rhinoceros and sent faces to plasma cutting and bending process. Finally, they assembled the faces with nails at the site. This was one of the good explorations for the basic design studio, 1:1 material system study. *Students: […]


Below is the final project of group 3 at İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture Basic Design II Spring 2012 undergraduate studio*. First photo shows students’ efforts on generating  formal variations. They studied much on this folding components and attaching them together to create surfaces. Their final surface spans nearly 2.5 meters in height. Forex is used as main material and they nailed them from faces.  The different sizes, shapes and orientations of the faces somehow create stasis within gaps. *Students: Aydan Ataç, Başak Akan, Damla İçyer, Dilara Akyürek, Gizem […]


This is the final project of group 2 at İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture Basic Design II Spring 2012 undergraduate studio*. 1:1 material system is constructed by two layers of tesselfations, triangular and hexagonal. They studied much for the connection detail and elaborated the structure to maintain stasis within a dynamic pose. They have used a Grasshopper definition (described here) to label and measure all of 800 rods into Excel. Very hard work, intellectually and physically has finished. Congratulations! Although the underlying geometric system is purely deterministic, small changes […]