Monthly Archives: December 2014

Design 2×2

Our adventure starts with the basic observation of a handcraft work. Mine was the production process of a small accessory which you can attach to your bags, jackets and so forth. What we have to pay attention is the steps which are important, take long time or repeated several times. There we put the process down on paper: flowchart. Then, what we do next is have a model consist of stick elements. It has a close loop so that it means the process is endless; repeated over and over by the craftsman all day long. My approach to that kind of model is like express my process in a way that it makes a whole by its small units. With other words, produce a harmony in the model by its fragmented parts which conserve a rhythm. These little fragmented elements have much defined strong relationship. Also there is a second part; the part which has longer stick forms which express more of the quality of linear elements. Briefly, my design is composed of 2 parts: one is fragmented and emphasized and other is less dominant and rather small. Additionally, we have a controlling system: grid. It helps us have an order, a way of meaning rhythm.

Secondly, we were asked to produce a variation of that model. What is needed to be thought first here is the word “variation” itself. This word means not to produce completely a new think. We still have to consider our design principles and operational flowcharts. The material given is cardboard which has a more planar quality than linear quality. Therefore, we are able to explore the new potentials of operations and produce the model in a different way. My design idea stays the same in this model, too. Having smaller parts define a relationship and they also has a relation with longer elements. However, I define an area which made of longer planar elements which is a “transition area”. A specific are which clearly relates longer parts and small parts. The structure of my model now become more organized which create an overall unity. (Compositional whole)

Another variation which is expected from us has a total specific goal; merge the two previous models. Since that these two models are made of the same operations we have different possibilities about how to merge. We can carefully merge these models in a way that the same operations juxtapose on top of each other or we can just merge two models and after that relate the same parts using other meaning of express it. My attitude is more of like the second one. That way, I had to find other tools to combine and define the parts. This is more of a developed design idea. The variation of similar parts, size of parts and the volume they define are my tools to relate parts. We observe more of enclosed volumes (spaces) that have a proportional relation.

Later we have to produce two conceptual models according to themes. Mines are infiltration and transparency. Well, the main idea here is to understand the nature of these words. The tricky part is that we have to apply these themes to a new variation. What I do is select my theme as “Infiltrated transparency”. So, the whole characteristics of model will chanced according to a design idea. Before starting I pay specific attention to examine the characteristics of the materials we have: the acetate, cardboard and the stick elements. These all have different qualities due to transparency. From opaque to transparent it goes like; cardboard, acetate, stick elements… These explorations are going to be helpful while making adjustments in my model.  I choose a different path to follow. There will be the transparency which is going to infiltrate to a certain precision. I determined 3 layers in my previous model and also 3 other which are orthogonal to them. Therefore I obtain 9 squares. Then, I classified these sub-volumes according to their level of transparency. On one corner of the model there is rather opaque area. I make it a total enclosed mass in order to emphasize the 100% opacity level. Then on the following layers there is more like planar elements which have overlaps and positioned in a way that they reflect different depth quality which can be relatable to transparency. The planes are arranged in a way that from different angles we observe different levels of transparency. I use acetate paper which help to define less emphasized volumes in following layers. Then some layers which has reflective quality of being more transparent owing to the volumetric effects. The depth quality here is less dominant than the previous layers. Therefore, we can observe different levels. The last area is the most transparent area in the whole model consisting of stick elements which are positioned in a way that they defined much bigger volumes which are also in relation with the planar elements in the previous layers.

As you can see we had worked a lot. 😀 We are still working because we are going to have jury in a few weeks so we still have things to do. Catch up!

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Expressive Drawing

“Art does not reproduce the visible; it renders visible.”

Well, as imagined expressive drawing is more of a drawing; it will help us explaind with details our design ideas during making Variation 3.

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Thematic Variation: Variation // 3

Thematic variation comes from the combination of our given themes and variaton 2. So we had to keep our previous design but we have to mix it with themes.

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Basic Observations

What appeals me the most in the whole text is the way it is expressed: the tone of the writer, his comparisons and his metaphores. Those qualities make the text achieve its aim to identify architecture with its resemblences and differences of other fine arts.
“Art should not be explained; it must be experienced.” This idea dominates the text and it is what tried to be proven due to explanations and exemples. The part where the children from monastery school who play football mentioned is one of the parts which shows how a piece of art can be experienced. “They experienced architecture, they learned to plan on these elements.”
The writer counts architecture as an art but also he claimed that it differs from other types of art because the piece, structure of an architect must convey utility. Therefore, architecture is “functional art”.
“The architect is a sort of theatrical producer, the man who plans the setting for our lives”. Also, arcitecture can be considered as art of organization. The reason why it can be assumed that way is that “he composes music which others will play”. “Architecure is not produced by the artist himself”. This production requires a creative process. QHe organises his drawings, ideas and instructions in order to have another person interpret it; therefore his work must be clear and unequivocal.
The vision of an architect also should be enlarged with consideration of keeping the sturucture standable for decades; so it shoud be ahead of its time. It can be understand that the writer is strongly against the idea to take over beautiful architecture of past times.
There is also an interesting fact which say that architecture lacks emotional sensitivity. It is not mentioned to point out a negative concept; on the contrary, it leads architects to seek special quality of its own with clearity.
The story of a children growing and exploring the world there used as a simple way to express how things emerged and developped. He finds about weight, solidity, texture and heat conducting ability. These same manners also a part of architecture so that it can be considered that this is also the historical transition of architecture.
“Just as we do not notice the individual letters in a word but receive a total impression of the idea of the word conveys, we genereally are not aware of what it is that we perceive but only of the conception created in our minds when we perceive it.”

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Prejury Experience

This is my very first time being in front of a jury so I don’t have any experiences from the past. Jury listens to you while you are trying to explain yourself and your models. That was an exciting experience. 🙂

We perpared diagrams and we put our drawing behind us. We also put our model in front of us and explained our whole process.

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Orthographic Projection: Merged Model

We draw our merged model with an orthographic set.

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A Break with the Theme

Well, we worked a lot! We can consider this assignment rather relaxing. It is something new that we are going to work on. We were given two random theme (by random, I of course mean according to design 🙂 ). Mines are transparency and infiltrated. After having a quick reasearch about the themes, we produce some conceptual model.

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Variation // 2

With this assignment we were expected to merge our two previous model in oder to a design decision. To accomplish such duty, we shift our grids and form a whole new grid. We had already have the operations of addition, branching and rotation; but now we will also use eliminate and stretch. These operations helps us to form different volumes and relate different parts our model. So, we will examine the new potentials of the new task.

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