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Basic Design Studio I-ll

Computation Based Basic Design Studio
İstanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture
Studio Instructor with Şebnem Yalınay, İdil Karababa, Tuğrul Yazar, Gamze Gündüz, Hülya Oral, Canan Erten, Cansu Cürgen  + part-time instructors

ComputationBased BasicDesignStudio @BİLGİ is a special first year design studio integrating latest high-end design and manufacturing technologies to design education. It was developed and inititated by Şebnem Yalınay Çinici and Onur Yüce Gün; and has been conducted since 2009 by a group of theme-expert professionals and young academicians. The purpose of the studio is to develop a new generation design education milieu by integrating 1:1 scale construction experience through an understanding of materials and computational design+manufacturing technologies. Computational technologies and means, rather than just being tools, inhabit a quite capable design logic that requires an alteration of settled educational habits and pedagogies. The pedagogical intentions of the studio is to foster an awareness to the nature of things, materials, technologies and their close/far environment.  In the final project, students are asked to search for the material they would work with. This demand directs them to the city and let them discover places where they may find required materials for their projects. They experience the city with a different concern, searching for material resources. They begin questioning the nature of the material; its flexibility, strength, weakness etc. Rather than forcing the material into forms which doesn’t fit its nature, they reveal and discover shapes and geometries according to material performance. Thus they become capable to design and construct 1:1 scale material systems. Scale of the project requires group work through which students gain skills of sharing design ideas, working together and finalizing a design work in collaboration.