A survey of form creation processes within the evolution of the organic tradition in architecture

Ruhi, Işıl
Beginning with the developments in biological sciences since the 1750s, many scientists have been exploring the characteristics of Nature and the living. These developments, not only enabled humans to understand the interrelations among natural beings, but also influenced and shaped an organic tradition of architectural design during modernity. In many contemporary computer-aided projects, organicity is still seen to hold a decisive though different role in formal processes, as well as acting as a guide in the design process. The thesis explores the architectural design processes involved with the natural processes in form-making within the context of the computational paradigm. To this end, organic/genomic architecture examples are researched, proceeding through a historical analysis of the characteristics of the organic tradition in modern architecture, discussed and re-analyzed within the context of instances of contemporary organic projects in computer-aided design. Through the analysis of such projects and their properties, organicism is re-evaluated within the realm of computational design.


A reconsideration of the concept of architectural space in the virtual realm
Kınayoğlu, Gökhan; Mennan, Zeynep; Department of Architecture (2007)
The discovery of new geometries in the 19th century and the departure from an absolute to a relative understanding of space-time, together with the invention of higher dimensions have caused a shift towards the idealization of space. This new type of ideal space was called hyperspace. The counter-intuitive quality of hyperspace has opened up new formal possibilities and representation techniques in art and architecture. In a similar manner, with the introduction of computers, the virtual and immaterial qual...
Exploring the potential of mat-building for the creation of universally designed environments
Eren, Yasemin; Aközer, Emel; Department of Architecture (2004)
The goal of this study is to reread the strategies of formal organization in architecture, which are called أmat-buildingؤ and أmat-urbanismؤ, exploring their potential to contribute to the creation of universally designed built environments in the 21st century. The idea of mat-building was first delineated by Alison Smithson in 1974, in her article أHow to Recognize and Read Mat-Building,ؤ by means of its traditional and modern examples. The concept of universal design was first used in 1970̕s and reinterp...
Development of acyl anion precursors and their applications
Reis, Ömer; Demir, Ayhan Sıtkı; Department of Chemistry (2005)
This thesis presents the development of new acyl anion precursors and their applications. The main concern of this thesis was to make use of acyl anion precursors in catalytic bond forming reactions. Toward this aim, previously known cyanide ion catalyzed cleavage of benzils was investigated in scope and efficiency in unsymmetrical benzoin condensation. Although benzils were proved to be useful entities as acyl anion precursors in benzoin condensation, they suffer some major drawbacks. Therefore acylphospho...
The role of architectural heritage in the rural built environment: a case study
Başkan, Emine Gizem; Elias Özkan, Soofia Tahira; Department of Architecture (2008)
The built environment has mostly evolved under the influence of cultural heritage and has been shaped in response to our needs and resources. However, rapid changes have occurred in this environment with the impacts of globalization and mass production. The impact of these changes threatens to obliterate the unique character of rural settlements, which unlike urban areas still possess cultural identity. The aim of this study was to investigate the sustainable transmission of rural building heritage to prosp...
A survey on piecewise-linear models of regulatory dynamical systems
Öktem, Hüseyin Avni (Elsevier BV, 2005-11-01)
Recent developments in understanding the various regulatory systems, especially the developments in biology and genomics, stimulated an interest in modelling such systems. Hybrid systems, originally developed for process control applications, provide advances in modelling such systems. A particular class of hybrid systems which are relatively simpler to analyze mathematically but still capable of demonstrating the essential features of many non-linear dynamical systems is piecewise-linear systems. Implement...
Citation Formats
I. Ruhi, “A survey of form creation processes within the evolution of the organic tradition in architecture,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2008.