A computational architecture methodology for design in traditional tissue: the case of Kalkan

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This study targets to address the problem of 'new building in a traditional setting', utilizing computational design tools. The intention is to provide a methodology for analysis of architectural features of a traditional tissue and moreover propose computational design strategies utilizing algorithms for processing analytical data serving new building design. In the introduction part, this goal is exposed as well as a critic discussion based on a conservationist perspective for contemporary examples of computational design. Contemporary digital tools and methods employed in the field of architecture are discussed with a focus on algorithmic approaches, followed by a brief history for utilization of computational tools and digital design philosophy in the following chapter. Moreover organic architecture is discussed as a complex entity composed of integral elements and their relations, as well as the designer‟s new position, confronted with such complex systems and equipped with computational tools. In parallel, digital-organics is introduced as a term referring for the methodology proposed in this thesis, namely an approach for revealing the tissue to its fragments, uncovering parameters working in its composition. Third chapter presents general characteristics and architectural history of Kalkan Historical Town Centre, as the case of this dissertation, and the following two chapters demonstrate the analysis methods exercised on Kalkan. Three overlapping levels of analysis have been designed; basic architectural analysis, comparisons and relations between fragments, and detailed analysis on a set of selected buildings, respectively. Finally, Chapter 6 exposes not only the discussion of the results, but also the constitution and improvement of the rule sets, the core expressions to be converted to algorithms. These rule sets intend to reveal the design logic of the organic tissue in Kalkan, in the form of variables and constraints to work for new building design as a decision support system.


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Citation Formats
K. Karabağ, “A computational architecture methodology for design in traditional tissue: the case of Kalkan,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2010.