Designing Using Sketching and CAD

After designed the plan of the Housing Reference Project, I recognized the true practicality of using the media of real life sketching. By printing the digital plan and then studying different solutions, i am able to design more affectively. After this there is always the solution to bring your abstract decisions to work on the properly drawn digital media.


Taşkale & Meke Maar

Introduction to SketchUp

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.

Detail and Section Drawing of Kolejin

Hello, to start our journey into the second year studio studies, we went on a field trip to Kolejin (a multi-functional recreational center) in order to experience and be aware of the human proportions in relation to the design principles and the strategic function of the building. We had one hour to examine the space around us and try to grasp the potential of spaces reference to the human scale. Also up till now, we had never taken measurements directly from a real-world example that we can comprehend by our own experiences. This was a very interesting step for me because for the first time I got to imagine what it would be like to design something in the language of measures and in return get a tangible functional solution that we as a society can comprehend directly.

In order to get the special qualities of this place, we choose relatively small parts which contain complex materials working together to form an interrelated composition and also have details that would be not studied in a farther away approach to the design.

As the part of the assignment, we were assigned a unique part if the building to be conceived and make a 1/50 section drawing which further acts as a catalyst in the process of understanding the bond between human scale and architectural designs that we use every day.

In our group of four, when we are taking measurements, we quickly realized that the best way was to make a sketch of the to-be-made section drawing which in turn will provide the essential base for the measurements. The section drawing is down below. I truly believe that this work helped me become more aware of my surroundings and freshen up my cognitive and drawing skills.

History of Architecture : Prehistory

In order to start the Arch221 course, our instructor had the first lecture on prehistory part of the history of architecture. We also had a complimentary reading portion that is parallel to the lecture and which can strengthen our understanding of the instinctual mindset that came into building architectural structures.

This goes far back as the Prehistoric times when humans first dwelled in caves and later formed their own version of a cave-like hut that consisted of branches and leaves. This later evolved into spiritual spaces and became a large part of the social rituals that exemplify nature and its animals. We started to see communities form that lives so close to each other in settlements without any roads. This is the result of new technologies that allow structures to be more stable and buildable.