My first funny but also most stressful and difficult semester of my architecture is nearly over. Because of these difficulties we have learnt to solve problems that we face both in our life and on our project. Now I want to explain my whole project and my design ideas by associating my Introduction to Architecture lectures.
We started our project by documenting process of a production to come with a storyboard that present the sequential stage of the production process. By considering the repetitions in my storyboard, I produced some operational groups by using some operations given to us which are rotation, addition and branching. I prepared a flowchart by using my operational groups then I did a model by using stick form elements. I change it a few time because it had more linear parts so I increased the number of operations and chanced direction of rotation. By using just my flowchart I did new variation of my model by using planar elements. While I was doing my model I did some changes on my flowchart to reveal rhythms, repetitions and especially group of volume. When I merged my both model, I consider and reveal some essential parts and while I was merging them, I put the essential parts of both models against to each other to emphasize their hierarchy and I also created which is density and fragmented part because this part has more smaller volume when I compared the other two part so it is also creates hierarchy in the relation of my there parts. Now different themes are given to all of us and my theme is ‘shrink’ and now I’m applying this theme to my model and without losing the hierarchy level of essential part I have been creating more homogeneous model by likening our essential volumes to each other. And still I have been working on my project.
This week, Rasmussen’s Experiencing Architecture book’s first chapter assigned to us. I have read some parts of this book before I started my architectural education. I must say that Rasmussen tells architecture and concepts of architecture simply, fluently and by giving explanatory examples so a person who is not an architect can easily read and perceive this book.
At the beginning of the chapter he defines architect and architect’s arts by comparing the sculptor and painter with architect. He says that the architect works with form and mass like a sculptor and works with colour like a painter but the architect’s work is more functional and utile for people and he also defines architecture, he says that it borders the space to live in and it creates the framework that surround our lives. He also says that architects have some difficulties in their works and permanence is one of these difficulties so he advises that the architect’s building should keep ahead of its time so that it will not lose validity as long as it stands. He also tells architects as nameless heroes, as anonymous and he draws an analogy between architect and composer who compose the music which others will play. In other words, the architect has own plan drawings and typewritten specifications that there will be no doubt for the craftsmen who construct his buildings. Also he clarifies and exemplifies that some concepts have not their real meaning in architecture and he says that by using pear-shaped cup by Wedgwood example, after firing, the cup is hard but we also know that while it was shaping, it is soft so we can say that it is an example of a soft form in a hard material.
Rasmussen’s examples from cup to tennis racquets related to our life and experiences, these are some kinds of observation such as lightness, softness, roughness, hardness etc. He suggests that some observations come from childhood. These observations and the child’s play are continued in the grown-up’s creation just as man proceeds from simple blocks to the most refined implements, he proceeds from the cave game to more and more refined methods of enclosing space. This is what architects do.
This week, we have read Le Corbusier’s writing which is Three Reminders to Architects, Mass and Surface. In the beginning of the text Le Corbusier says that architecture show itself over mass and surface and he defines the architecture as a pulling, truth and dexterous play of mass that aggregate in light and he suggests that light and shade show up the most important basic of geometric forms such as pyramids, cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders and when he evaluates Gotic architecture, it doesn’t use spheres, cylinders, cones as base. However Egyptian, Greek or Roman architecture is the opposite of the Gotic architecture. Le Corbusier also explains that engineers’ works don’t based on an architectural aspect but these works can remind architectural sense because they use outcome of calculations and basic elements.
Surfaces create mass and they personalize the mass and Le Corbusier says that if the architecture’s basis is spheres, cones and cylinders, lines that reveal and create these forms shold use pure geometry as base but he criticises 1920’s architects in this term, he says that this geometry startles the architecture. However Le Corbusier supports engineers who not internalize a specific architectural thought and find some forms that create mass by proceeding with the necessities of obligatory demand.
This week, I have read a text ( Regulating Lines )that had written by Le Corbusier. In the text Le Corbusier diagnosed regulating lines as an indispensable element of architecture and he told that it is necessary to constitute in order. Also he clarified how the regulating lines enhance the fine proportions and add sense of coherence to the building. In qther words, regulating lines submit us the chase of harmonious relations with one another and the quality of rhythm on the work. In the text Le Corbusier exemplified the utilization of the regulating lines in the past to make tasks easier, to correct their works and for the satisfaction of their sense. Also Le Corbusier listed off several structures that are used regulating lines, a primitive temple, Notre – Dame de Paris, the Capitol in Rome, the Petit Trianon and his work in Paris.
In this week, we should write a report about a part (Architecture, Pure Creation of the Mind) of Towards a New Architecture, Le Corbusier that we read and a video of Bernstein (What Does Music Mean ? ) that we watched two weeks ago to prepare a digital poster.
In this text, Le Corbusier reflects his exact manner and thoughts about architecture. In the beginning of the text he expresses that profile and contour are the touchstone of Architect (When I have done a quick research about touchstone, I understand that touchstone uses a gauge to specify the quality of a thing.) because they reveal either an artist or absolute engineer and when the art enters in, architecture is formed, he mentions that in work of art, there must be a unity of aim, clear statement and its own special character and all this associate to us a pure creation of mind.
He draws attention to axis of organization and he clarifies it like that, this axis leads us to presume a unity of affairs in the universe and he says that the reason of appearing the results of mathematical calculation satisfying and harmonious to us is proceeding from the axis.
Le Corbusier approach critically a topic that certain writers’ exposition. This topic is inspiring from nature. Certain writers have predicated that Doric column was inspired by a tree springing from the earth. However, Le Corbusier expresses that it is false and he exemplifies this thought with columns in Greece.
In the video Bernstein talked that notes are not like words at all, a word has got a specific meaning or when we say a word spontaneously its image comes to our minds but if a note is played, we have not an idea about its meaning because it doesn’t have a meaning. In other words, nothing has no meaning by itself but when some things come together with rhythms, combination and at the same time with a unity and also within the tramework of a plan, they create a whole.
This one again a poster about text and video. Our instructors gave us chance to reorganize our poster because our first poster didn’t involve what is desired to us and this is my new poster. I watched out angular alignment and I divided into two groups by using two different color. One is keywords from text and the other is keywords from the video and I used textural background to avoid figurative reference.
I study with a text ‘ Pure Creation of the Mind ‘ that written by LE CORBUSIER and a video ‘ What does Music Mean? ‘ by BERNSTEIN to make a digital poster. My poster should be in size of 27×27 cm and I should derive some key-words from the text and video and the poster should have an alternative single title. While I was creating this poster, I have used lots of reference line to decide how the words should place on the poster and I want to draw attention some words by using different point size and the reason why I have used three different colors key-words is emphasizing the key-words from video, the key-words from text and the most common key-word that is used both in text and video and the reason why I chose this background is an object that help me with its reference line rather than a figurative mean while I was arranging my poster.