Learning from folding for design in kinetic structures in architecture

Çavuş, Özlem
This thesis explores the idea of flat and curved folding with the desire to contribute to the expansion of design in kinetic structures and its practice. It is described how these manifold notions can be used to understand in architectural discourse and its practical implications towards performative and responsive architecture. In this research, it is questioned how it can be learnt from mathematics of folding techniques so that what is learnt can be transformed into real plates and linkages of kinetic systems in a non- deformed way. It is also examined geometric formations of kinetic surfaces in regards with 17 symmetry groups to understand global motion and its enabler mechanisms. The fundamental pursuit of this research is to examine how learning from folding is used as an inquiry method in the field of kinetic structures. Hence, both flat and curved folding schemas are transferred into kinetic structures through by paper folding models, digital simulations, and real prototypes. The methodology served by this research could possibly provide potential methods of investigation for further studies in the field of architectural and structural design strategies.


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Citation Formats
Ö. Çavuş, “Learning from folding for design in kinetic structures in architecture,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences. Building Science in Architecture., Middle East Technical University, 2019.