Teaching mathematics in architecture

The Department of Architecture of Middle East Technical University offers a course entitled ‘Mathematics in Architecture’ for the third year students. In the beginning of the term, students are forced to imagine themselves as twodimensional creatures living in a two-dimensional space. At this point, fundamentals of architectural geometry are introduced first in the plane, simply by employing the set concept; mapping as a general tool is then introduced and students are asked to use mapping in their design to correlate the project requirements and geometry. Following that, the principles of isometries and isometric constructions are introduced. In the second part of the term, students are allowed to think in terms of three-dimensional space and topics related with the principles of similarities and proportions and symmetry are presented. In the final part of the course, students are forced to think themselves as three-dimensional creatures living in a four-dimensional space and this fourth dimension is sought. The last topic of the course is related with biomimicry in architecture and mathematics inherent in bioforms and man-made structures
Nexus Network Journal


Computational Models in Architecture: Understanding Multi-Dimensionality and Mapping
Sorguç, Arzu (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2013-08-01)
The aim of this paper is to discuss computational thinking and parametric design and thus "what model is" in the realm of mathematics in architecture. Here we investigate how multi-dimensionality and reference systems should be contemplated, along with what mapping is and how it is related with algorithms in computational design. Set theory and functional relations are re-visited and similarity/similitude concepts and the importance of nondimensional parameters relating different reference systems (interpre...
Transitioning from Physical to Digital Sketchbooks for Industrial Design Education
Şener Pedgley, Bahar (Common Ground Research Networks, 2015-01-01)
An essential element of industrial design education is the project sketchbook, traditionally submitted as a physical (paper-based) portfolio. However, the ability for such sketchbooks to capture design decision-making and project progress made through increasingly digital design tools is ineffective. To help formulate a solution to this problem, the authors undertook a feasibility study to examine opportunities and barriers of transitioning from physical to digital student sketchbooks. Stage 1 of the resear...
Transformation of architectural space with the aid of artistic production
Özden, Başak; Savaş Sargın, Ayşen; Department of Architecture (2011)
The goal of this thesis is to study the transformation of architectural space with the aid of artistic production. By questioning architectural production as a non-static process open to alteration and intervention, this condition is claimed to enlarge the frontiers of architecture in terms of interdisciplinary contributions and new design methods. Inspired by the course ARCH 524, conducted by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayşen Savaş in the METU Department of Architecture, this study aims to understand the possible way...
Elementary architectural formations and the METU Campus
Özen, Nejat Emre; Savaş Sargın, Ayşen; Department of Architecture (2021-8-27)
Designed by the Çinici architects in the 1960s, the architecture of the METU Campus presents a unique creation of the elementarist space conception. This study aims to discover the underlying agents of the embedded elementarism of the Campus. In this context, the film “Mon Oncle” by Jacques Tati from 1958 and Mondrian dresses by Yves Saint Laurent from 1965 are scrutinized first. Both the film and the dresses represent elementarism by their elementarist entities that we call “elementary formations” in this ...
StART: Science through ART
Akkaş, Sara Banu(2019-11-30)
RN2019 Turkey is organized in Ankara by the Science and Society Center of Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) to promote public recognition of “Science through ART – StART” and thus reveal the value of thinking outside the box. Art is utilized as an overarching theme because of its familiarity, which has great potential to break conceived barriers between science and society. The setting will be around five key areas each corresponding to a branch of art, namely drawing-painting, sculpture, architecture...
Citation Formats
A. Sorguç, “Teaching mathematics in architecture,” Nexus Network Journal, pp. 119–124, 2005, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/48024.