A very hard working group of this year’s Computation-based Basic Design Studio produced this amazing structure. They joined 8mm cnc-cut wooden plates using puzzle-like cuts and tightened with strings. A good example of group coordination produced this result in two days. Below are some photos of the prototype and the project phases: Final prototype. The joint details and the first experiments. *Students: Aslı Naz Çolakoğlu, Aybike Yılmaz, Bilge Kardelen Bekiroğlu, Büşra Hamzaoğlu, Ceren Bilen, Simay Uluca, Zülal Atakul Here is the blog of this project.


Kündekari is an old woodworking technique, composed of interlocking parts without any glue or nail. It is primarily used in wooden doors and minbers inside Mosques. The interlocking system makes whole structure very durable. Unfortunately very little information could be found on the web about this beautiful technique. Below you see a typical example of Kündekari components and the resulting pattern composition. The subdivision part is out of the scope of this post (as it might be anything). The interesting part is the tongue-and-groove method, something like a puzzle. In […]


Nowadays, I found myself back into the traditional hand sketching. Several failed attempts on Grasshopper led me back there. NURBS (and Grasshopper) somehow limits our conception of surfaces to four-cornered (or two directional) manifolds. Although it sounds like limiting our designs, having four-cornered component spaces has still lots of experimental fields for designers. Escher is a cult person, who transforms euclidean coordinate system to meet his design intentions. There are lots of interesting researches about him, while he shows us how it’s possible to manipulate some fundamental geometric systems, although […]