Monthly Archives: October 2014

ARCHITECTURE: Pure Creation of Mind

The text emphasizes the perfection of human mind and its ability to create an harmonious work of art. It focuses on the mind of men just in the topic of architecture. However, at the beginning of the text, it refers to the human face and its proportions to show variation of elements which form a whole. We can understand from there that it will analyze the architecture in the same manner. What really greets us here is the idea that the origin of architecture doesn’t rely on the nature. The text states clearly that the math rules and the law of physics are also required in order to create a masterpiece but the emotions (the harmony) are also mandatory.
The strange thing is that there are some important parts of the text which are so obvious. It is easy for a reader to gather that information: He says “I repeat”. He makes his own rules about an art work and its requirements. There must be unity, an aim in the work of art and its own character which are supposed to be clearly stated: That’s the pure creation of mind.
We observe some crucial parts which mention the crucial qualities of an architect. That person must be someone who can mix different things. He has to know about the construction but also the grammar of the work. The word “imagination” seems quite important here since the architect is supposed to be someone who organizes his artwork in his mind before the construction step. He also needs to keep in his mind the primary references of the work in a sensational way.

Le Corbusier, “Pure Creation of Mind”, Towards a New Architecture, Dover Publication, 1986 (originally 1927). pp. 199-224


Photo Essay

We took an architectural touur to Ulus. We are expected to give specific attention to the texture of the building which is one of their characteristic. Then, combining images of buildings with these special qualities provide me to design that poster.

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First Impression

We have only 3 minutes to abstract the buildings which were shown us. Enjoyful Exercise!

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The Light Box

According to our early work about abstracted trees and their spatial relationships that we observed on tracing papers, we produce a 3D model.We applied the abstract spatial relations already discovered to our model. Then, we change placement of elements in our model in order to achieve light and shadow and depth of field.

We use light box to obtain photos of our model in a more proper way.

First Model












Improved Model

after copy

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Posterize: Text and Video

We have the video (link down below) and the text by Le Corbusier, “Pure Creation of Mind”, Towards a New Architecture, Dover Publication, 1986.


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Spatial Abstraction

We go again to Kurtuluş Park in order to take some photos from located viewpoint and analyse the spatial relations through drawing (we use tracing paper) over the photograph we took.(5 sides: front,left,right,up and down.)

After we complete the first step, we apply our abstract spatial relations discovered in our analysis to an 3D model which suppose to include all five sides.

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The Design Studio

Since this year is my freshman year in architecture, everything I’m learning about architecture is very strange to me. I had the habit of going classes; sit on a desk, take notes about the lesson and leave that classroom. I didn’t need to be productive in classroom because I was there to learn what was required. On the other hand, recently, I come across with “the design studio” which doesn’t seem like a normal classroom atmosphere. There we can learn not just by listening but also by participating, by discussing. It provides brain storms between the participants of the design studio in a good way.  Everybody has a right to express their work and judge other’s work, either. It is like a new dimension where students can be taught in different ways; they can collaborate to understand the problem given and to take necessary action on assignments, they can observe other student’s work to pattern their own work or maybe they can benefit from the ideas of their teacher to enrich their knowledge.

 The presence of more than one professor in the studio helps students to gain different visions, which is also an ultimate aim of the design studio. It hasn’t been too long I’ve been at studio but that doesn’t keep me from noticing the unique value of architecture. It is similar to a path which is only showed to us. How we should move along on the path isn’t the important thing; because everyone has a different method to do it; because there isn’t “should” in that matter. Architecture is like art according to James Elkins “Art cannot be taught, but it can be fostered or helped along.”

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Abstracting The Photograph

We have image of national theatre. We were asked to abstract the photograph by enlarging its dimensions proportionally, by using only vertical or horizontal lines and by paying attention to light, textural proporties, weight, depth and sequence of the lines.

Photo Credit: Royal National Theatre, Southbank, London, designed by Sir D.Louis Lasdun and Peter Softley,1963.

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