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 is a project proposal designed at the workshop organized together with Simge Esin Orhun and Fulya Akipek as part of the International Wood Day Exhibition in İstanbul. This time, the final Grasshopper definition is created “after” some experiments with physical models. Here is the first model showing the idea inspired from the folding chairs studied here. I realized that in order to make a “wall” instead of a chair, it would be a good idea to extend the edges of the sticks so that they meet at several (2 for example) […]


Classical folding methods were subjects to be tested and studied in this semester’s design geometry classes. This has been very useful in introducing first year students with 3d euclidean constructions and using physical objects as reference to a digital model. Groups of students studied different folding methods and made both physical and digital models. Two of these methods were dominant in the class however, one of them was the variations of Miura-Ori, and the other one was Ron Resch’s famous folding pattern. Below are some models students made during their research. I’ll […]


This year’s first semester Basic Design studio was full of surprises. Together with Can Sucuoğlu and Birgül Çolakoğlu, we coordinated 9 student groups in their 4-week final project called as “Arboriforms”. Here is the material research of the first group of students. They described their project as; By using the folding geometries, we managed to mimic the movement of an ivy. It is the symbiotic relationship between a tree and ivy via haptotropism and branchings. We connect the folded and pinned faces of aluminium mesh plate, creating our micro-component. Then arranging micro-components together, we […]


Third and the final outcome of the Animate Patterning workshop is coordinated by Mehmet Ali. Students tried to develop a kirigami-like surface animation (which is also a good solution to my one-servo question) while they studies numerous variations. They ended up with this panel, ready to be moved by arduino; The workshop is organized together with Mehmet Ali Altın and Fulya Akipek. Students are, Murat Akırmak, Gizem Ceyhanlıer, Cem Kıyak, Bartu Can, Tuğba Levent, Seda Orhan, Gizem Gümüşkaya, Yunus Emre Boz, Rana Arslan, Kadircan Avcı, Meryem Geçimli, Mehmet Özdurak, Ayşegül […]


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 […]


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 […]