M1: Research about Villa Savoye


Villa Savoye is designed by Le Corbusier and it is the representation of his 5 principles that he think is the new architecture’s most important principles. The house is located in Poissy, France and it is designed for the Savoye family. The client had not many requirements that limit Le Corbusier so he was free to practice his vision in this house. The house is quite modern at the time of the building when it is constructed which is between 1929 and 1931 with architectural elements which resemble the last decade.

Le Corbusier reflected his belief which is “A house is a machine to live in.”


He was fascinated with the engineer’s approach to designing machines and ships, therefore, he used materials which were not common to use in architecture such as steel and rainforest concreate. But because of this unique choice on material use, there came a lot of mishaps which resulted in the notorious reputation of the house. The moisture captured in the concrete which was built with little experience hurt the habilitation of the design. The house was abandoned most of its life and became a museum after that. The interesting thing it is that the museum was established while Le Corbusier was still alive which is a rare instance in the architecture world.

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Field Invader – Mapping Step 2

After the first step of this assignment, we were assigned to study in a new medium which is translating this pixelated image into a relief.

A relief is the intermediate state between 2D and 3D were the elements present in 2D are adapted to 3D qualities according to a new information which was not represented in 2D form. This should be done carefully because a relief is a transition state between 2D and 3D aspects, therefore, is important to keep the identity of both forms. Our instructors didn’t want to put a height limit for the pixels because by doing this assignment we are also expected to explore the difference between these mediums and in what stage the result is no longer a relief but rather a 3D representation.
In order to produce this, we stacked pieces of cardboard on top of each other to introduce the dept. The dept should be used intentionally and the aim must be visible. The overall design should be consistent enough that another person can sense the classification between the parts.
img_4742In my first attempt, I treated each pixel separately, therefore, didn’t quite get an abstracted result. The aim of the assignment is not to represent the map exactly because we already did it in the first step. So this step’s aim is to produce an abstracted relief. In order to do this, I evaluated my perception and made it more abstract. The second attempt not a purely analytical analysis like in sciences but rather a cognitional practice towards understanding our perception.  img_474j3

Field Invader – Mapping Step 1

Hi everyone, we started to explore the concept of mapping in the first step of the mapping assignment. In this step, we are supposed to divide the given image into 5×5 pixels and change these pixels’ transparencies. These alterations should be according to criteria which are a complex one containing at least 2 criteria within itself. It is like the effect of one on the other that can be seen through the different degrees of transparencies. So it can be said that they are interlinked.

Image1: Revised mapping attempt to differentiate between pixels according to the difference in texture diversity


While doing this assignment, making the differentiation clear and readable therefore consistent within itself is very important. In order to accomplish this the difference between the pixels can be altered drastically to make it more visible.

Another interesting aspect of this assignment is that whether it is wise to keep the overall idea of the image. This is an abstract representation and mapping should reflect this mindset so designing an abstract design is encouraged more.

What is an architectural portfolio?

In order to learn how to prepare a portfolio, we had an introductory lesson in the studio prepared by our instructors. After the presentation and debates about this subject, we had a wider understanding of what exactly is an architectural portfolio.

The portfolio allows us to create a collection which also serves some documentation purposes. This organization is not only a collection of significant works from the educational life but also something that has some visual and textual elements that compliment each other.

A portfolio must be specific to the designer and it must reflect those design decisions in a consistent way. In order to accomplish this, deciding on some fundamental rules governing the concept of the portfolio is very crucial. The layout must be reflecting the hierarchy of the elements.

Sample layouts of possible designs

 Editing is a very effective tool that can be used to control the overall relationships between the elements compared to the hole. In visual editing, cropping has the potential of changing the impact drastically. It can be used to play with the perception of the viewer.

 The grid is another tool that helps us to design more controllable. But grid also has its dangers. A very strict obedience to the grid may limit the design and create enormous problems. Therefore a flexible grid system where the main idea of a grid is visible but not overshadowing the design is better. In this case, we also don’t have to fill everything to give the basic grid idea. There can be an underlying structure to the design which is through the use of a grid.

While doing this, it is also important that the text and the image are considered as similar elements in the layout because they both have significant borders that need design decisions.

The balance between the blank parts and the filled parts can help us make the positioning seem much more controlled to the eye. Empty areas are a huge part of the layout and hence the perception. The portfolio is mostly about the visual representation and the experience of the viewer. Providing some resting space by using margins and bleeds is also another way that this can be an intentional series of ideas.

Introduction to mapping

Today we first started with the meaning of a map. One of our instructors has prepared a presentation aiming to make us become more familiar with the concept of mapping. A map is defined as a visual representation.

By using maps, people aim to make complex information more understandable by abstracting that concept. Maps can be used in a variety of ways and mapping is the act of creating maps. There is even DNA mapping which suggests that mapping can be used in many different contexts.

Maps are a symbolic representation of the actual visual thing. When creating these representations, some ideas dissolve while some ideas (depending on the aim of the map) becomes more predominant.

An example of a map which is created to represent a concept