design education

Berfin Sanem Top Beste Tekdoğan Kerem Yücel Utkan Kanberoğlu Summer School at IBU opened the course Architectural Geometry this year. Here is one of the exercises I tested with a few students. This is about creating Escher-like patterns for an introductory topic on the designerly utilization of those “boring” regular tessellations. Square, hexagon or triangular tessellations are used as underlying structures of more seemingly-complex patterns.

This exercise was a popular one in 2015 and 2016 Architectural Geometry classes. Recently, I found these images of student works. However some of the students’ names are missing (please e-mail me if one of them is yours). I love this exercise because it is a quick and efficient way of explaining and experimenting the workflow of digital to physical production. In this particular exercise students created Rhino Macro codes to develop these 3d pattern deformations. It is a flexible exercise system with lots of options for an instructor.

It is a nice exercise to study various components about point to curve transformations and vice versa. Tower Crane was our second week exercise at İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture Parametric Modeling class, asking students to design and draw a parametric object that has joints and parts that are moving alongside straight lines. Below is the most “safe-side” solution for me, although there are also very complicated solutions such as Mertcan’s. [GHX: 0.9.0076] here is the Grasshopper definition.

About to finish the well-defined section of this year’s Parametric Modeling course, here are the mid-term questions I’ve asked; First question checks if the curve < > point conversions are well understood in Grasshopper. Evaluating a parametric curve and generating closest point from another curve. This also requires a basic understanding on the use of Grasshopper interface. Second question was testing a basic and classical use of attractors on grids of objects. Students generated their own grids and put pyramids on each cell, as the height of these pyramids would […]

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

It seems that our first year students of architecture, interior design and industrial design take Rhino’s macro functionality very seriously. This encourages us to study algorithmic techniques more and more at the freshman year Design Computing class. Below are some of the results of this week’s assignment. They explicated the modeling process of their prototiles into macro codes, ready to be molded. Zeynep Dutipek developed the macro to reconstruct her prototile with different parameters. She also had a smile there (if you watch carefully) Meltem Bayrak tested a different tile without breaking overall connectivity. Nur Horsanalı […]

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

Unlike classical Pattern Deformation assignment discussed here and here, this time we asked students to explore deformations by using referential systems as a secondary space. They are expected to create variations on a regular pattern only by deforming its underpinning lattice. Below are three examples of this alternative assignment. I’m thinking about improving this exercise to three dimensions, seems very easy to implement by using cage editing commands of Rhino. Selin Işıldar Serra Uludağ Mine Güvenç

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 student works of this years Architectural Geometry / Pattern Deformations assignment. Students developed their own pattern deformation sequences mostly on regular hyperframes. Based on the classical Parquet Deformation exercise (discussed here), we tried to implement a rule-based approach in order to explore emergent patterns. The exercise seem to reveal endless improvisation potentials. Ece Erdoğdu İdil Side Erdoğan Bengisu Aydos Görkem Ünsal Mısra Sonat Göz Zehra Böhürler

In the third day of Architectural Geometry class, we’ve discussed about the regular tessellations, the famous triangle, hexagon and square tiles. Homework was to develop a custom referential system based on regular tessellations. We used popular explications of Islamic Patterns as inspirational examples, however we developed our own reference systems and patterns. Başak Konuşur Ceren Sezgin Ece Erdoğdu Görkem Ünsal Hüseyin Kuşçuoğlu Irmak Aşıkoğlu Zehra Böhürler Zeynep Dutipek

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 […]

This is our eCAADe paper with Fulya Akipek, explaining our 2013 Workshop serie called “Infections”. Contemporary trend of the computational design education is grounded on an integration of domains such as fabrication technologies, material studies, and generative techniques. This requires not only an intuitive handling on digital tools and methods, but also an experience on material and production constraints simultaneously. Patterning emphasizes a material shift in the generative side of the digital paradigm, and a geometric shift in the material side, as well. The study presented in this paper is […]

This paper presents the beginnings of my journey into architectural education, presented at Yıldız Technical University Architectural Education Symposium 2007, together with YTU/CADU staff; Ela Çil, Birgül Çolakoğlu, Meral Erdoğan, Fulya Akipek, Oya Pakdil and Şebnem Yalınay. It includes different exercises from various studio instructors,  all motivated by the contemporary computational design theory. This was one of the milestones in the first year education of a computation-based studio in Turkey, we’re sustaining at İstanbul Bilgi University Basic Design studios today. The paper is in Turkish, I translated the final section […]

This was my first parametric patterning study we’ve conducted together with Birgül Çolakoğlu at Yıldız Technical University in 2008. It was based on the pattern exercises we’ve experienced with BOT Graduate Students as a preliminary study within a Computational Design Studio. Later, the CNC fabrications were exhibited at İstanbul Bilgi University Digital Design Symposium. The exercise was about analysing and reconstructing regular İslamic Patterns via MaxScript. After fundamental instructions about the language, students are encouraged to generate and fabricate patterns. Below are some examples of it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find original […]

ARCH 362 COURSE BRIEF (2013) Design computing reflects a focal shift from singular construction of objects into the relational nature of revealing diversity. Algorithms are mainstream interfaces for the explication of geometric relationships, extending techniques required for such revealing. This course introduces some ways of managing diversity while reasoning about sequential and concurrent; absolute and relational; ordered and chaotic. Students are expected to be familiar with fundamentals of Rhino3D, willing to experience more of it. Coding exercises, readings, discussions, and CAD+CAM of design prototypes are parts of this course. By […]

This is another brave group of students. They studied one of the most interesting materials in this year’s Basic Design studio. They tested the structural capacities and nearly all possibilities of thin Bamboo sticks. Unfortunately they lost most of the prototypes, and one of them was a beautiful structural tripod. In the final assembly, they managed to span the required distance by attaching bamboo sticks using plastic fasteners. Below are some of the photos from final day. The sequence of joining the stripes is making it much more structural than […]

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 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.