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 mid-15th-century Ottoman recipe, mantı is filled with pounded lamb and crushed chickpeas, steamed, and served topped with yogurt mixed with crushed garlic and sprinkled with sumac. In modern Turkish cuisine, mantı is typically served topped with yogurt and garlic, and spiced with red pepper powder and melted butter, and with ground sumac and/or dried mint. Although there are many different variations of mantı in terms of shape and way of serving, the most praised type of mantı is known as Kayseri Mantısı, a special kind of mantı belong to Kayseri, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.


Here are some student works about the parametric wall exercise I briefly explained here along with a Grasshopper implementation of the core wall definition. Students are expected to design their own brick, and compose it in a way that it generates a seamless wall surface. Ömer Kirazoğlu Osman Can Sözüneri Seda Öznal (slightly out of requirement but very interesting) Adnan Faysal Altunbozar Özgüç Bertuğ Çapunaman


This is a first-year design computing problem we studied last month. It is a simple parametric wall exercise introduced by Mete Tüneri. Creating a simple definition of a building brick to be placed on a straight path, and then manipulating the path to reform different variations of the brick. This aims to introduce a fundamental concept of associativity in contemporary architectural geometry and design computing. Students are then encouraged to develop their own parametric brick to be tested in different path conditions.   Below is a simple implementation of above […]


This was a challenge; “is it possible to model a two-way parquet deformation using only native components, limited to 10 of them only”. Parquet deformations is a very interesting and pedagogical topic to teach some of the basics of contemporary parametric modeling. However it is an old technique; but looking at the architectural academia I think it is an underestimated one. The graph input tool creates the magic here. If you change the type of graph you’ll see a sort of it’s representation over a simple pattern deformation based on […]


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 […]


After Puzzling, I tried to establish more of Escher’s basic grid transformations using Grasshopper’s native components. This definition simulates Escher’s transformation of four-cornered grids. Postulate is based on the fact that every quadrilateral (or triangular) planar shape can create regular tessellations without gaps or overlaps. In traditional method, this tessellation is achieved by rotating the shape 180 degrees and copying afterwards. However, in Grasshopper we simply define a fifth point for each shape and divide subsurfaces into four triangular surfaces. There are also more complicated methods of Escher that should […]


Today, we’ve discussed ways of subdividing entities to create parametric definitions. Curves can be divided into segments, creating snake-like object definitions. This exercise is important regarding the management of data. Vectors and planes are used as reference entities here. Nowadays, it became clear to me that, reference planes are very important because they both include reference points and related vectors as well. The definition studied in this post includes a curve subdivision and a combination of vector / plane management to create what we’ve deserved for: A Taenia-like freak object.. My […]


Here are the files of first week. Course introduction (English / Turkish) and first homework assignment. Today, we’ve seen examples and some basic techniques regarding the main concepts of design computing. Tried to create our first associative systems using recording history of events in Rhinoceros. First homework is design of an animated form, simulating the geometric and topological behaviour of a reptile skin. It is a component-based form-finding exercise, introducing some of the principal concepts of associative geometry and recursive [history-enabled] design process. You’ll analyse the formation of a reptile’s skin pattern, and try to […]


This is the old-method Parametric Truss definition. Interestingly this quickly became a solid solution, used and taught for years. I couldn’t find a better answer yet. As Grasshopper updates, some of the components in this definition change but overall structure remains. Subdivision of a free-form surface and addition of geometric components has, of course a wide range of alternatives. Maybe we should combine this with different problems and solutions we’ve talked about earlier in this website. Here are the geometric model and parametric definition files. [3DM: truss] [GHX: 0.8.0066] The same solution can […]


In this experiment, I’m trying to use data recorder to change components on a surface. The component part is a standart triangular construction, but the attractor points are defined by a 2D slider that is connected to a data recorder. Data recorder remembers last 15 points, while you move the 2d slider, last 15 points are projected on the base surface. This creates an illusion as if a “snake” game on a surface. Definition then uses the closes point distance method to calculate a parameter and uses it to amplify […]


This study includes three main topics related with the basics of Grasshopper. First one is the surface subdivision, parametric definition of a surface component, that is, in this case a simple pyramidal object. Second thing is the associative behaviour of surface component with an external parameter, that is another entity in space; a curve. Traditionally, this is simple demonstrated by 1)finding area controids of each surface panel, 2)finding the closest point on the attractor curve for each centroid, 3)calculate the distance between each centroid and it’s closest point on the […]


This was a design competition of a precast concrete roof system. My design proposal was a modular and variable structure for İstanbul’s old bus station, converted to art galleries. However, this project was developed purely by hand-sketches, I’m planning to create an envelope of alternatives by creating a parametric model. Each module is proposed to be converted differently in order to meet various functions such as single or double module galleries, shopping and restaurant, and a theater also. The varying functions can be realized by roof designs. Only the initial […]


This is a basic formation of component-based design in a dataflow environment. A double-curved surface is subdivided and re-constructed using straight sections. Parametric model of a surface construction by variable components. The main data list of subsurfaces are distributed into four distinct lists, that will be used to construct lines out of double-curved quadrilateral faces. Such definitions could be further advanced by adding a precise fabrication detail. Parametric definition can be downloaded here [2012_01_17-component] (it includes the example base surface within). Animation above is using a Hypar test surface described in […]


The cellular canopy is an anonymous tutorial on history recording capability of Rhino. I’ve been using a “pedagogical” version of this tutorial as an educational tool on the introduction to Grasshopper and Parametric Modeling for architects. Interesting thing with such exercises is they quickly attract students’ attention to the process of designing, in other words “designing the design process”; one of the first things we should emphasize in courses of design computing. Here, we plan and develop a 3d model that uses regular flow on surface command. However, while we […]