Unfolding diagrams as generative design tools in architectural design process: united network (UN) Studio-Möbius House , Arnhem Central Station , Mercedes Benz Museum

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2010
Kuyumcu, Başak
The aim of this thesis is to explore the role of the diagrams as generative design tools in architectural design process. Identifying the utilization of the diagrams as infrastructural and organizational elements in the design process, it aims to be concentrate on their potency for generating novel design concepts. The search has been for the possibilities of design processes developed and manipulated not through analytical use of diagrams that represents the already established relationships but through their generative use that is responsible for the proliferation of ideas for novel design concepts. The alteration in the definition of diagrams, their active role in the generation of design ideas, and their progression during the design process, as well as the ways in which they contribute to the delay of formal concerns through the practice are scrutinized. In order to explore the generative and mediating roles of diagrams in architectural design practice, this thesis examines the utilization of diagrams by exemplifying the strategies of UN Studio. Through exploration of their pioneering projects, the Möbius House, the Arnhem Central Station and the Mercedes Benz Museum, it aims to unfold their design methods regarding diagrams. Diagrams are examined in terms of the way they are utilized and operated from conceptualization to building. While standing at a critical distance, it argues for an architectural design process where design ideas are formed and evolved by utilization of diagrams as generative tools from the initial phases of the design to the actualization of the building.