This time we are studying a very interesting exercise that can transform and study our 3D observational skills and help us think in an innovative manner.
To start off, we are assigned a plan of a building in which the orientation is irrelevant, and asked to interpret it as a section drawing that can be the basic starting point of our new volumetric design. The final product should have this sectional cut more or less and the rest is up to our interpretation. This exercise allows for the exemplification of the spatial relations present in the now section and produces a challenge that can help us get familiar with solving problems apparent in one section in designing the other dimensions of the design.
As I mentioned before, after our trip to Kolej-in, followed by our analysis of the relations inside them, we were required to establish a thought-through abstracted model that transfers our findings and discoveries to a three-dimensional medium that can enable us to further develop our understanding the potential of the building and its design principles. In this process, I produced 3 slabs like surfaces to refer to the main controlling roof like structures present in Kolej-in. The lines that pass through provide a transition in identity while defining spaces that allow for an enclosure.
In the start of the period of 3000-1500 BCE, cultures started gathering around the two rivers that give life to the Mesopotamia region.
In here there were very strong communal practices that yielded from religious beliefs. These religious views stem from the understanding of the heavens as a sacred place and their cities that need protection and sacred conditions from their gods. Therefore architectural designs mostly function as sacred spaces. They also served as food surplus and stock. They used baked clay to accomplish the step pyramid structures that are the abstraction of mountains.
In Egypt, there was a similar approach with the pyramids. Egyptian people were also obsessed with the idea of an afterlife that pushed them to achieve big monumental structures.
On the other hand, other civilizations produced their buildings in a more different approach which is rather motivated by functional properties of their daily lives in a communal society founded in the basic need for a human to dwell.
This year there is a workshop prepared and given by instructors from our faculty every week. The true core of this project is to make us feel more familiar with computer programs that enable us to design and represent designs that would be not very convenient without using an online software. There are many programs attached to our agenda and in this week, we start with SketchUp: an intuitive way to create 3d models.
Before lecture started our instructor made several important arguments about the common understanding of computer programming and how it is useful to us. There is no proper “knowing” a software which many designers aim to achieve. You can never fully “know” a program. Even the people who created that code that allow this program to work do not fully make use of the programs full capabilities. We should instead strive to know enough about the software that gets the job done. If you solve your problems using this you know this software. Simple as that. And also we are in the age of endless knowledge that is so very easily accessible to everyone, anytime that learning what you aim to solve should be the ultimate goal knowingly.
Our other instructor showed how to first grasp the overall basic structure of SketchUp and how to get accustomed to it. We learned how to draw, push to get 3d objects, move surfaces and how to multiply several elements. We saw how to work in several components, edit groups simultaneously and offset geometrical elements to get various results.
The endless possibilities of this technology also allows us to create quick render-like images that allow the main idea to come through in an organized and realistic manner using help from Photoshop.
I am very excited to start using SketchUp more and produce models that will have a gigantic effect on my designing process.
This month I choose a theme for a post on thevoidmag.com (a student based architecture and design magazine functioning in TEDU) to be about architectural photography. The subject was to experiment with photographing buildings in the lens of a crystal of some sort. This prism allowed me to discover and experience these buildings in a new environment like an alternative universe where the images coming to our eyes are multiplied in various different parts to sometimes overlap and relate themselves accordingly. This technique creates also different angles of information to be seen in the same medium. It is very close to a collage work where you can visualize something which was nonexistent before and helps with the understanding of the building in a new way.
I started with the photography trip in Kızılay, Ankara which is a very vibrant part of the city which was first designed with the first urban planning projects for the neighborhood. There are many old and new buildings which had a serious impact on the history of Ankara. Many buildings stand as they are for a very long time serving various functions and this new method of documentation/discovery brought forth relations that showed still parts of the building relating. A new form.