Monthly Archives: February 2016

Thingy gets stronger

Well, thingy was not something which has only object to object relationships; it will be something in the house:Which generates the house. Therefore, it will be somehow the core of a house. Then, the thingy gets evolved when we started to think about who is going to use it, how and how often etc.

I focus mainly on the use of mobile surfaces (like in the house Bordeaux) which acts as an elevator. In my case elevator is not only composed of one surface, it is more like a volume which has more complex parts. The lower part which forms the majority of it, is formed with different frames, can be used as storage spaces: which will help the user to transport things between floors. Then, the upper part is a plain surface, which can team up with the floor of any level, or can extrude through it to create a surface of use. The users can sit on it, put some things on it etc.

I talked about users; let specify them, then, specify the thingy. According to my scenario, there are two user of this thingy: a young couple who lives together. The woman is someone who needs open space with natural lights, so she can move freely to express her bodily movement. She is a yoga teacher, she uses the upper part of the thingy every morning for sure (sun salutation), then, on her free times she uses it most generally. So, we can say that she occupies the upper part most often in the morning and in the afternoon.So, the upper part of the thingy is also out in the open, which lets all the light in, very transparent. Coming to the man, he is a baker, but he is also the chef of this house, so he occupies the kitchen more. Additionally, this is not ordinary small kitchen, it is a two floored mechanism; on the lower part, there is something like storehouse; great number of shelves, big refrigerators which are not in contact with natural light which can cause decay. So, my thingy is beneficial to the man to transport all his stuff between the storehouse and the kitchen where the action happens. Also, this couple has a great reputation in a group of friends, and since the man has all the qualities to guest people properly, at least twice a week, they welcome a number of people to their home: there is a feast, so best place to have a feast is at the best spot of the house with best view. Then, now we are talking about the public use of the upper part of the thingy: it is a space now with high level of visibility, a big space occupied with central arrangement.

Coming to the context of this little scenario; it is located on suburbs; where there is the influence of both the urbanity and the rural contexts: So, the house won’t be as private as if in urban context, and won’t be as transparent as in the rural context; the couple works in the crowded city, but the noise and the pollution of the city bother them to move to a less urban environment, which can give them prosperity but still a link with the city.


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Warning: Stunning Art

Zaria Forman is an extraordinary artist who has fascinating pieces of hyperrealist paintings. Her art impresses the audience by its moving and dramatic effects, and what impresses me more is the fact that she has done all her painting by her fingers and smudging it. Her photo realistic art is also a complex process rather than creating a simple piece of art; she adds her observations to dramatic sense of nature, a virtual perspective of life.

The source of inspiration in her work relied on the fact that she spent her childhood travelling the world’s most remote landscapes with her mother, who is a fine art photographer. That is what motivates her, the world’s crucial state, the loss of pure natural beauty. Basically, Zaria’s work has environmental themes with underlying meanings, she wanted to promote awareness of current causes of climate change which also causes the Arctic Polar melt, rising seas and so forth.

After travelling, taking photographs and making sketches of natural spots like Greenland, Antarctica and Maldives, where the effects of climate change are widely evident, she forms these large scale compositions. She said “In this process I am reminded of how small we are when confronted with the powerful forces of nature.”.  The details and precisions are stunning, the expression of light, shadows, shades and mostly the water are amazing and feels like it is more than real.

Quotation from;

For more info and to see her work please check:

Photographs are form:

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A British unknown street artist, which can be considered now as an international icon, expresses his art in all popular cities. (London, Barcelona, Paris, San Francisco etc.) throughout the world: Banksy. The identity of this “guerilla artist” remains in secret, yet his work addresses to the whole humanity. Banksy is considered as a provocateur who has great influential piece of arts; stencil graffiti, paints, sculptures and even a film. He proves to everyone that all that matters are ideas and connections: not the conventional way; studying in college, participate in business world etc.

His artworks involved with all the global concepts as capitalism or themes as greed and hypocrisy, enriched with social and political criticism. The mystical activist’s art has public visibility, he mostly doesn’t sell his art (the reproduction or photographs); even on the website (down below) you can find high resolution photographs. I really appreciate the uniqueness of his work and his approach to the manners: it is very neat and simple but also deep and satirical at the same time.

Another reason why I mentioned him and his artworks, it’s because I went to an Exhibition last month where you can see a collection of his pieces and installations. The exhibition actuates different perceptions and emotions at the same time, lets the audience experience different spaces such as London streets and living rooms. The exhibition is still takes place in Global Karaköy, Istanbul until February 29. So, those who want to go should hurry to catch up this marvelous exhibition. Here are some photos taken by me of The exhibition;

For more of the work of Banksy, you can check:

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As, I mentioned in the previous post, measured drawing shows detailed information about the current condition of a structure, therefore, all the plans, sections and elevations of a project has some deformations within the years.

The building of Mimarlar Dernegi is an old building, so there are some slopes, curvatures in the current building which were formed throughout the time. 50 second year student, us, we precisely measure the old roof of this building. It has a great view of Ankara, yet it hadn’t been used for years.

Then, the assignment was to draw it on computer(!), soooooo, I did my first attempt of drawing on Autocad, which is quite hard at first, but get easier after learning some basics.


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Measured Drawing/ Rölöve

Measured drawing aka röleve, a french word, which is an architectural term used to explain the principles of a structure within the city. It also helps to evaluate and observe the structural systems inside of a structure, load barrying systems, and also the interior architectural qualities. Rölöve, therefore, as understood from its name, its the necessary investigation of the structure and its visual and architectural representation while taking into consideration scale. (Plan, section, elevation etc…) So basically, it is an architectural scale drawing of an existing structure.

Different scales are used in drawings, due to the size of the site. 1/200 scaled plans will satisfy to show overall site, but moving further to the details of the stucture, the scale will also be specified. And there are also different purposes of usage of this technique; draft sketching to have a basic idea about structure, restoration of damged old structures and so forth. This procces can also be supported by also taking photographs, both inside and outside to have a more general idea about the site, too. It also could be beneficial to make a pre-research of the site, form archives, or maps to understand better the structure and its history and its environment.

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Starting with The Thingy

The cosmic fast power of the new semester (:D) also comes with the super complex new themes, aspects, approaches, understandings… Well, the thing that is going to kill our head of this semester is actually a “thing”; thingy. Basically, thingy is something that you can not easily name, it has more than one function, or maybe combination of some things. No thingy comes easy, the way to understand it is about having a research and try to produce a lot of thingies.

The first step of the assignment is about understanding thingy as surface ( the sum of surfaces) and try to realize the potential of different surfaces, their relations and so forth. Basically, the initialization of the project comes with investigating object to object relations.

My research started by looking for the architect’s own houses, then some vernecular examples and also some most-known pieces of works:

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