Month: October 2012

03 Assignment: From Text to Poster

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Objective: Producing a Poster for Your reading in ARCH 121 course.

This was our first assignment after the holiday. We were expected to create a poster, from the assignment text which is given in ARCH 121 course. The text was about surface, at first. But not the surface at all. It ‘s about surface, and the texture coming with the surface’s own of characteristics, or human made texture on building: Tattoo on skin, from nature to source of inspire (flower gardens on a facade or wave-like facades), or a facade which has created as  both under effect of brutalism or modernism. Sometimes textures  based on function of the building (like the appearancal difference between a church and shopping center) and sometimes just a style of the architect or the belonging term.  So, most was about the appearance of covering in substance.
Here is my poster for the assignment. I prefered the original title as background, so i didn’t use any images. Hyerarchy between background texts provides me with emphasizing the main text, and the summary i wrote for the assignment text.

Assignment Reading:

  • The Appearance of Covering, Letherbarraow and Mohsen (Massachusetts, London: MIT Press, 2002)


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Yesterday, I was waiting for our guests in living room and waiting for more boring one, then i said myself: “no more.” I took my photo machine, and i took a bus to Alsancak/İZMİR.  Then I began taking photos: my backpack on my back, my machine between my hands, and İZMİR‘s beautiful smell coming through my nose, peerless buildings front of my eyes. Here are beautiful building, amazing history, and simple gorgeousness of my town. As i said, this was an architecture tour. There are some buildings which are being reconstructed/restorated now. Have a look, u’ll like it.

02 Assignment: Thematic Photo Essay

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Objective: Producing a photo essay around a theme, which will be decided in relation to personal observations and experiences.

We’re asked to prepare a photo essay in this assignment. And the theme was up to us. I choosed to work on “Sky Lines” which means the meeting lines between sky and building. I used invisible lines, and reducing details from up to down, for more legible work. And also i choosed facades which are looking to same way, for each horizontal line of photo groups. Here is mine. Oh and not to forget, There are two main groups for the arrangment: basic meeting, and lined/clear geometrical meeting edges to sky.

From: ARCH 101

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Human scale, light&shadow effects, line qualities. These all are the elements for sketching.

Here are two sketches from Friday 19/10/12 .

  • Human scale, earth-line, light & shadow effects and colour-guides for better legibility.

  • Wavy lines, for hand-based parallel drawing. You don’t have to draw them and feel shy about your lines as if you were a ruler. And this is the technique what we learned for not doing it.

From Week 4: “Abstractional Improvement”

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These are not the first works i’ve ever seen about abstraction. But this person, Piet Mondrian, has so strong instincts, and so much legible improvements which are based on specific developing rules about abstraction. For years he studies on  a same work, but everytime he  targets the best abstraction. It starts with just abstracted paint of a TREE. Then it becomes MORE ABSTRACTED TREE WORKS time by time. And getting close to final, he starts to target only the main structure of a TREE FROM. Then, it becomes STANDING STRUCTURE. And then again, only the ABSTRACTION. It effect’s, and encourages me to differenciate the nature, or catching differentiations in structure and making it better. I have printed version of them on my wall. Everytime i look, i see a newer think in them. How long you look and try to see more, anytime you feel like “yes i’m done with this one”. Especially the last one, which has quite well designed balance and grasping inner light. And i think this was the best part of the last ARCH 121 lesson. Have a look, here are the chronological transform of them/him:


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This week we talked about structure (dynamic and stable), rhythm (which are used for structure, designing, or facades of buildings), and proportion (ratio of structural elements and every part of building or as well as human body).

Our readings were about regulating lines: used for regulating the structure and found in nature; music: effects of music in architecture as becoming nouveau of source of inspiration, and otherside readable rhythms on structures, too. All of the lesson was interesting, but two things of this week really took my attention and i did more research about them. First was the “readable rhythm of a building“.

  • For example when you look at this castle(Windsor Castle), most of you don’t see any music in it. So: now you please look at the top of the castle walls, and now see them in following order. They are “sounding” like: cha-s-s-s-s-s-cha-s-s-s-s-s-cha-s-s-s-s-s-cha-s-s-s-s-s-… You see, there’s a rhythmic order for them.
  • And now here is the most famous example of the golden section/golden ratio: VITRIVIUS. The hidden hero of our golden ratio reading.

My cover-sketches for the readings:




  1. Jormakka, Kari. “Music and Mathematics as Models”. Basics Design
    Methods. Basel: Birkhauser, 2007. pp . 20-32.
  2. Le Corbusier. “Regulating Lines”. Towards a New Architecture. New
    York: Dover Publication, 1986 (originally 1931). pp. 65-88.
  3. Unwin, S. “Space and Structure”, Analysing Architecture, London and
    New York: Routledge, 1997. pp. 129-137.
  4. Towards a New ArchiteGhyka, Matila. “Proportions in Space and Time”. Geometry of Art and
    Life. New York: Dover Publications, 1977. pp. 1-6.

05.2 Assignment: Capturing Light & Shadow

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Objective: How distinctive light and shadow formations define and change the perception of surfaces and edges.

At first, i want to underline one speciality of this assignment: it took 1 an a half week to have a result.

Well, paper folding looks easy, for words. But as you see in it’s heading, this is a “light and shadow” work. You have to catch different qualities of them, different reflections on it’s own surface to catch differentations maybe, it goes like this. But not easily.

Here is my work. It’s very improved on its pattern, with comparing the begginning part. The last 2 night of the project, i realized what assignment wants me to do, and i started folding tens of paper to have my pattern improved with searching new details on the photos which are taken in the 05.1 assignment. Then i found, and it took 9 hour to have it done. But it has more qualities on it, it has structural stability now, and clearly it is a 3 dimensional work now. This is why we’re given half weeks more, to think more. This is the result. Also you can see beginning, process, and it’s light/shadow games, too.