From the 2009 eCAADe paper presented with Birgül Çolakoğlu titled; “Designer as Casual Coder: Overview of an Experimental Design Studio”; In recent years, computational approaches in architecture started to change the scope of the architect’s work. He/she is not any more a passive tool user instead, became a casual tool developer. Conventional CAD systems that focus on geometric representation of a designed artifact, are transforming into systems in which the design is represented as a parametric process. By increasing utilization of these systems in architectural design process, arametric modeling is integrated not only as a new medium of design representation, […]


After the unsuccessful event of the “tumbler wall” here, I decided to return to the brick wall study, but this time starting from easy steps. You may remember this project from 5-axis masonry terminator of ETH, recent shows of RobArch and the Mullberry facade of SHOP architects. First, I studied the easiest possible way to place boxes on a surface; However, this was not a correct layout, but worst of all, some bricks un-realisticly collide!. I tried to develop complex brick layouts several times, then decided to go back to the […]


As I wanted to learn to use our new CNC cutter, I needed a dummy object to test it. However this became more interesting than I expected. It is moving so sexy! First, I tried to experiment a regular egg-crate definition (explained here and here) last year. I chose Moebius strip as the underlying surface (also experimented here and here before) However, Fulya warned me about their weak relationship. So I’ll work on a more conformal egg-crate definition in order to match the properties of a Moebius surface. This is […]


İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture Basic Design II Spring 2012 undergraduate studio* group 6 includes both a geometric exploration and material research. They examined various formal alternatives, using wooden sticks and plastic tie wrap connectors. After these experiments, they’ve constructed a 1:1 material system spanning 4 meters in length and 2 meters in height, using 2.5km of wooden sticks and 18.000 tie wraps. This was an enormous effort to create such a spanning structure with small sticks. *Students: Aylin Özel, Bengisu Topanoğlu, Cansın Tanrıverdi, Duygu Kara, Esin Bilge Çelik, […]


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 […]


After a reviewing a short story of digital architecture from Branko Kolarevic, we looked at the roots of the theory and the concepts derived from it such as digital fabrication, building information modeling and parametric modeling. After a short brief, we’ve discussed about the final projects. Next week, we’ll start studying final projects and start to look at individual problems developed from them. Final submissions will highly be related with their design problem; it might be only digital animations, or physical models derived from the parametric counterparts. Example definitions we’ve […]


A previous work showed a method to create interlocking sturctures to be created without boolean operations. This time, a small addition is made to create waffle objects using two surfaces, one is the top surface, the other is bottom. It was a small modification at the beginning; to replace “extrude” component with a “edge surface” component. But the interlocking details are now different on each intersection, so another modification is made at drawing of the rectangles. This definition can be downloaded from here [GHX: 2012_01_29_contour2] along with a test surface […]


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 […]


It has been a tough problem for me, for last two days. Parametric model of an interlocking structure (sometimes also called egg-crate, waffle or contouring structure) can be created easily in Grasshopper using Contour component a couple of list management operations, and a boolean (or region) difference event. However Rhino and Grasshopper are very slow at calculating boolean differences on both solids and surfaces. Fabrication models of such structures don’t have to be solid models as they are at last downgraded into two dimensional rib sections with interlocking details. As […]