In the last semester’s mid-term project of Computation-based Basic Design 2, we experimented the casting method for studying solids and voids. Students worked in groups of four. First, they designed a set of components within a 10cm bounding cube. These cubes represent 1m3 in 1:10 scale. After that, they multiplied them into a system of voids with a function for human use. They fabricated at least 24 pieces in the final 3d composition. David Umemoto’s Soma Cubes was an inspirational example for our students. They used EPS or wood as […]

Here is the winner of this year’s mid-term jury competition in first year Basic Design studio of İstanbul Bilgi University. We asked students to construct a contouring structure within 8m3 volume. After several clay and foamboard prototypes, this group studied 3d laser scanning to digitize the clay model, then finally they used leap motion gadget to simulate the hand-made clay forming in computer. Other student projects will follow this post, as there were several other interesting approaches in this jury. Students: Selim Buldu, Lachyn Tuliyeva, Neda Khorshidi, Serhan Koçbasan, Sevgi […]

This was last week’s Basic Design II exercise at İstanbul Bilgi University. Students are asked to construct solid-void compositions using pre-defined components. As these are complex structures to understand from mere outputs they are asked to prepare Rhino models to help explain their construction processes.  However we couldn’t make them explicate the rules of construction step-by-step. In exercises such as this one, the process is always more interesting than the single results. Maybe it is early for a beginning studio to expect such a control. Preliminary results of this exercise were […]