This research was very successful in achieving its intended physical performance, which was holding on to a tree its designed for (and even  near climbing up in some cases). The system is lightweight yet very powerful, holding on but not causing any harm to its “host body”, the tree. The group of students explain their project as; Commensalism is one of the symbiotic life forms, in which one of the two life forms live together and provide benefit while the other one neither provides benefit nor gets harmed. For example, […]


Student project of the first year Computation-based Basic Design I studio at İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture. The contextual background is based on “Arboriform” that aimed to drive students’ design research process. Here is a quote from the student’s presentation: …Many of us do not believe and even do not want to believe in compatibility of natural phenomena with things done by human. Nature eliminates unfitted environmental factors while generating new potentialities from it. In our project, “symbiosis”, “tropism”, “branching”, “holding”, “rooting” etc. were the concepts that helped us to construct our material research. We aimed […]


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 […]