parametric wall


Some facade studies as early sketches of an architectural project; all of them are utilizing the similar Grasshopper approach. My favourite “Graph Mapper” generates the overall gridal deformation, then some of them are drawing geometry for membrane, while others are generated to be realized from sheet metal. Hopefully one or two of these could be further studied: I hope I’ll be able to improve these sketches and publish their definitions soon.


Design Computing classes conducted a “voluntary” assignment; a “contouring” fabrication, that outputs physical prototypes of the previous parametric wall assignment. They worked very well with the corrugated cardboard in fact, and extended the simple contouring exercise in Rhinoceros into a design study of patterning and transparency. It seems that corrugated cardboard is a perfect material to study the shift from digital to material. Below are some of the student works that study various angles of contouring on different seamless surface patterns. Ecem İkizoğlu, Esin Güneş Pınar Aksoy, Cansu Karaman Afra Öztürk […]


Vitra Contemporary Architecture Series #3, Life Sciences Project by Fulya Akipek and Tuğrul Yazar. The installation is a part of the exhibition called “Dreams to Realities” at İstanbul Modern Art Museum, curated by Şebnem Yalınay Çinici. Filika coded our design, an algorithm that generates rhizomic structures of typography, that include words of children about “education”. Here is a preview image: A video is posted here. While systems aim to educate masses to achieve ideal standards, can the individual be a part of it? What is the primary goal of education? […]


Here is one of the students works of this semester’s parametric modeling elective course. We refer the first couple of hours in molding of concrete as its “alive” phase. During this phase, due to various reasons concrete sweats, respires and in a way contains an inner circulation of forces. This phase ends when concrete dries and hardens, creating a kind of its fossil. Air bubbles are frozen inside and some even are seeable from on surface. Just like human lung structure, concrete wall contains patterned random porous elements. We refer them as the “alveoli” of the wall. Other […]


In Design Computing class, we have discussed how the parametric wall study (here) can be implemented to describe regular curved surfaces such as domes. This led us to well-known design compositions named as Muqarnas. Previously we have studied how a parametric muqarnas definition could be in Grasshopper (here). After a couple of weeks study, students started to capture the idea of generating seamless surfaces out of a few components. Of course “Designing your own muqarnas” is a tough question. Here are some successfull results of it; Ekin Arslan. Although she […]


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 an interesting topic of design computing class. Geometric constructions based on strict relationships are becoming exciting in parametric modeling environments. I think muqarnas includes such a relationship. There is a basic method of modeling this shape, introduced by Mete Tüneri. His solution to a simple muqarnas object includes a surface with six reference points on it, with two boolean differences (one cylinder and one box) create the component. In Grasshopper, I tried to simulate his process by adding real-time parameters such as number of rows and row height. […]


There are couple of experiments in different schools about organizing free form surfaces (walls here) with a composition of modular elements (bricks). Even they created robots make such brick walls, still I couldn’t understand why. Although creating a parametric model that calculates exact locations of brick, seems very easy at first sight, there came serious problems to solve in order to achieve a correct layout without using helpers such as physics engines. Of course it’s possible to achieve this simply with a projection from single direction, however I wanted to […]


Record History functionality in Rhinoceros3D has interesting potentials which might be utilized in a process of design exploration. We’ll try to show it’s concept and limitations; First, build two surfaces, one is planar at world xy plane, and the other represents … say the “initial” form of your design. Put another surface on the planar one, as if it’s an ideal “component” of the finished geometric composition. Activate “Record History” button at the bottom of Rhinoceros window, then array your component on the planar surface. You’ll see the Record History […]