Deep into Abstraction

Abstraction. Now I know that there is no way of escaping from this word and I should make peace with it.

BeFunky Collage4Our following assignment was again about abstracting an image but this time we were restricted with choosing one from the given five images. And the middle one was the image of my choice.
I started with defining the planes in the picture and went through sketching step. Making some sketches is a very useful method for me to decide on what to do before giving a start to phase of modeling.

BeFunky Collage5Next, I started to cut my 1 mm corrugated cardboard and many things has changed in my sketch in the process of making the model. Additionally, it is much more easier to work with 1 mm rather than 2 mm. Since 2 mm cardboard has more space, it is really hard to make a clear cut.

After the discussion our in the class it was obvious that I should make some changes on my model. Also, we have found a new way of working on our models. Tracing paper!! Now, it is my favorite method. It is so fun as well as being beneficial for omitting unneeded parts on the images.

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For my revised model I tried to make a continuous relation between “elements”, a relation which has no end. I mean my final model was like a ring enclosed by planes.


Abstraction?! Through the First Model

Abstraction? Err… Abstracting an image?! Give me a second please.
Is it something which depends on perception? No?
Then, reinterpreting the image referring to your ideas or viewpoint? No, again?
In that case, what is abstraction? Abstraction is defined as the act of taking away or separating in the dictionary and what we are doing while abstracting an image is very similar to this definition. Just get rid of the details and focus on its basic mold or something like this. It is still hard to be sure about it. (The topic is already abstract) But it took my whole week to comprehend all these things.


Let’s move onto what I have done for our 1st assignment. We were tasked with searching Pinterest through such words: “overlap, texture, layers, repetition, shadow, hierarchy, rhythm, contrast…” and selecting an image to be modeled.
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The image on the above is the one that I chose and the one that I wish I didn’t choose. Anyway, my first model was really like a figurative model of the image. Secondly, I got rid of the holes which makes my model very ornamented and figurative. That was the model that my instructors saw.

After that I decided to focus only to the architecture in the middle and replaced the base with a line shaped corrugated cardboard which connects all the parallel planes. So, my model changed a little more. (Even I don’t know how many times I transformed my model)

For the last revise I changed my shapes. It is written “rectilinear” in our assignment paper but it is still a controversial topic whether any polygons are rectilinear or only the ones with 90° interior angles.That’s why I decided to change my trapezoids with rectangular planes.

Here is the final

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Guggenheim with lines

Even though it is a late post, this was our first assignment of ARCH 111 class.  Although I am someone who is happy with drawing, sketching and staffs this was not as simple as I thought. Though the word “abstract” came into my life nothing is as simple as before. Abstracting an image by using only horizontal(or)vertical(or)angled lines, was what we were supposed to do.

Here is the outcome:

Posterize vol.2

Here is the second of our posterize assignment but unlike the first one we were free to use an image(of our choice) or not and there were no restrictions about the color. Additionally, we were bounded to use the keywords of the text “pure creation of the mind”.(You can acquire more information about the text from my blog post called “Architecture and Mucic in common)  This time I was more conscious of what to do and what to consider.
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I started with deciding on an image and to be honest it took my hours to find a suitable one. The image that I found after many of exertions contains many features in terms of relations of planes and lines which can make an harmonious relation with the layout of the keywords. If we consider any word as a plane, the sizes of those planes are getting larger as the planes at the background enlarge. I also created an opposite relation by using the numbers of the words. While the sizes are getting bigger, the number of the words is decreasing. Next, I tried to create a different plane on the differentiated area (the area created by the shadows on the stairs)  by changing the color white to a grey toned one.

For the final adding, I colored the title of my choice and placed it into the middle of the poster.


Our purpose was making a poster while paying attention to basic organisational principles of the image given us. The planes, vertical and horizontal lines (even the ones which are not clearly can be seen) & geometrical properties of them were the prior things that we should consider while designing the arrangements on the given image.

Here is the original image:

  • First, I chose coloring for the one which is differentiated from the others in terms of its direction.
  • What I’ve done for the next step was using the horizontal rectangular shaped planes. I repeated those planes on the bottom sided one with different sizes and leaving breaks between the colored planes. These blanks were for creating a relation between the title and the colored planes.
  • For the final touch I repeated the white colored square shaped plane for emphasizing that part of the image.

This is what I’ve ended up with:Ass.02_Nilay Karaköy

Architecture and Music in Common

This article is going to be handling the relations between different
branches of art: architecture and music. Referencing from the video of “Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concert”` & the book “Toward a New Architecture” by Le Corbusier.

Firstly, let’s give it a start with the book. In the book the writer generally focuses on what architecture should be like and its concepts via the Parthenon. He expresses his notions about the plastic art and architecture while examining the organization and the structure of this ancient Greek temple. What the author alleges is that architecture is not only the matter of building or erection but the matter of art and ingenuity. ”Architecture is a work of art” and in the concept of art what arouses your emotions is the harmony and the unity of the combinations of elements. In addition, clear formation and characterizing every element is very significant for every work of art because every piece has its special attitude.

Nature is another point that the author centers upon. Simplicity in the nature is what gives it its great strength and you do not need a key to comprehend the layout or the unity of the figures. Further, nature has something touches our feelings at the first sight and make us feel satisfied because something inside us is struck.  What gives rise to this is the profound congruity within them and nature is the greatest architect that creates a poetic emotion and inspiration lies within it.

Secondly, the video deals with the question “What does music mean?” and approaches it with a lively language since it’s a concert for children. If we move on to the topic I should confess that I couldn’t agree more with what Leonard Bernstein was saying. Music has nothing to do with other things. It does not belong to a story or a moment and it does not have to
necessarily have an emotion. Music is just what you hear and what you feel, yet it is not something composed for a purpose or waking up a certain emotion. Music is the consonance of easy to hear notes put together just to get a composition which is a pleasure to hearken.  “Musical reasons and no other reasons”

Featured imageThen, I guess both the reading text and the video have many viewpoints in common since both of their concept is art. Architecture expresses thoughts by shapes while music uses sound and notes and those shapes and notes are both creations of mind. The two of them uses small elements works as a whole and the unity and harmony between them is what matters not the reasons. Additionally, both two branches of art uses nature & contour as a source of inspiration because the rhythm of nature is what vibrates in us.

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

Laurie Anderson

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My Initial Knowledge and Impression of Architecture


What I knew about being an architect was mostly related to design and imagination. This was the point that I had lots of concerns about. I have always had problems about depicting things in my mind and turning them into a form or composition.  As an individual who likes to draw, design and criticize about art works, I thought architecture would be my dream job. Besides, the word “studio” was another fact of this field which captured my interest. I couldn’t stop myself dreaming about my future days (and the nights that I’m going to smell the lambs) in the studio while drinking coffee with my favorite mug. Further, I was aware of the problems that I’m going to struggle with during my education and I was also conscious of the teaching  method used for architectural education will not be like lecturing. Despite all the facts I still strongly believe that I will find the energy to give all of my effort to do my best.

TEDUARCH Studios Handbook

Before evaluating, I want to thank all the instructors who have contributions on this joyful handbook prepared for TEDU-ARCH students. Reading the handbook not only illuminated me about the process of making, but also about the role of sharing ideas and cooperation while learning by doing. On the contrary of what I said in the first paragraph, I feel less anxious on the matter of design after reading the handbook. This is just because now I know that architecture is not only about having an innate ability of design or a great imagination talent. It is a field which can be learned and can be improved with an appropriate study and effort. Yet, I still couldn’t find any solution for approaching sleepless nights.