Category Archives: ARCH 202

THE FIRST INFOGRAPHIC ATTEMPT

For this assignment,  we were asked to show how our scenario, the spaces (private, semi-private, public spaces or common areas), the relationship between the clients, how they interact during a day, or monthly;

My attempt is mostly about trying to explore those variable possibilities: I also try to show their involvement with the thingy. So, basically, there are two main users (mentioned above in scenario before). The diagram starts from the top and representing a daily routine vertically. The upper diagram shows the general differences between different levels of privacy. (common area etc.) The color gets darker, while spaces become more common. The the color orange shows the things that are not belongs to the house or not in the house. (When it interacts with the gray areas, it means that there is some outcomers, when it is an area, it mostly means that the users go outside. I tried to show some alternative scenarios within the scenario. ( the yoga teacher has some students coming to the house or she goes outside to have some yoga sessions) I also tried to categorize the different amount of people coming to the house, day or night, with different level of intimacy with the owners of the house. At the evening, there will be a feast, prepared by the baker (so he is also the one who is more involved with the culinary stuff/kitchen) which also alter due to size of the group or the intimacy level with the main users.

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SITE ANALYSIS: TASPINAR

I was given a site in rural context, in the city I live in; Ankara. Incek, Taşpınar is away from the city, which has 2 vistas on two sides: one is an urban skyline and the other is a stunning view of the lake Gölbaşı. It is a very slopy area with a lot of trees, I went to the site several times on different days with different weather. But one must say, it is always at least 2-3 degree colder than the city and it is very windy. There is no density of people, or traffic; there is only public bus coming near to our site, so, there are also not many pedestrians. The transportation here is mostly provided by private cars. So here are my observations;

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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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CINNAH 19: RÖLÖVE TRIP

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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