Experiencing METU in terms of Hinges

Because of the rich character and well-designed nature of the Middle East Technical University Campus, our instructors decided to take us on an educational trip to experience this campus. Our aim in this study was to vary the studio environment where we learn by experience to also affect our ability to design by seeing and documenting those different uses of design solutions. This trip was a continuation of the on-going studio times that will continue to shift environments from time to time in order to observe and analyze different design problems and how we can shift these solutions to implement our design problems in our own projects.


We also focused on the specific spatial use of dfg
“hinge” in these buildings. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the word “hinge” in this architectural context, a hinge can be defined as how two elements are connected. As hinges in the context of attaching doors or windows change and adapt as the elements that are being connected to differentiate, hinges in the architectural means also adapt to differentiating conditions. sketchd

For example, if two elements form a junction or corner, they cannot just do that without any reaction to one another if they are not the same element. This results in a hinge solution that is unique to every design problem. Although these conditions are unique, we can also take note from these instances and apply a similar approach to other problems hence our trip to METU.sketchhh

Scannable Document 2 on May 1, 2017, 4_41_08 PMWhile talking about hinges, it is wise to ask how a hinge can be identified. There are no specific rules about this condition but it can be said that hinges are an in-between state between being considered as a gap or a mistake. This gap should be proportionally in a way that acts as a part of a plane. At certain parts reaction of one element to another can be in the form of a hinge but we need to ask ourselves whether it is a space or a hinge. hingegSpace can also act as a hinge but we need to draw a line between spatial hinges and surface hinges. The surface use of hinge can be used to exemplify certain spatial qualities but a spatial use of hinge can directly act as a space that is the result of two reacting spaces.


Proportionally the hinge is very small therefore it is experienced as part of the connection between two critical elements and not as a space/element itself. The use of light in surface treatments is also important when it comes to altering the spatial experience of the space.

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.

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