IV. Year Studio and Climate Change


I never wished to be a senior student since it means the end of undergraduate years. However, it makes me feel more confident and now its time to think of my next plans.

Besides, the fourth-year studio is about architectural responses to Climate Change. But before going into architecture stuffs it is always better to first comprehend what we are dealing with and that is climate change. Here is the slide of our presentation as a group (Behice Özer, Dilara Özlü, Gültekin Doruk Atay, Nilay Karaköy) Continue reading “IV. Year Studio and Climate Change”


Sustainable Design


The sustainable design is something we commonly hear but do not know for real. Up till now, before having this course on building technologies in architecture, I didn’t know much about it and what is worse is that I thought it was only about the use of green. Especially through this assignment in which we were given a specific form of the building and a specific climate condition I had a chance to look for sustainable solutions including natural ventilation, shading, passive heating, and material selection etc. I know that I am very new to it and might miss out many points so please comment your ideas and suggestions. You can find out more on the poster attached.

Factory as A Generator of Learning | Preliminary Jury II

For the second jury, I worked on placing the spaces in a way that they can be a part of the ground. However, I was missing to deal with the program. The interrelation between the program and spaces was not clear and the effect of those spaces on the topography was very arbitrary, to be honest.
But the very main problem was that I could not make decisions on the site scale so that everything I did seemed to be random. Although this jury was a real disappointment for me at least I know the points that I should focus. Since I do not have the model with me now, I will upload a foto of it later.

Factory as a Generator of Learning |Preliminary Jury I

The first jury of the term has just passed and here you can follow my progress up to now.


The “What if” studies helped me a lot to find a tool to apply my ideas to the site.


After the critics now I am focusing on my playground idea in a manner that it works with the grid of the structural system of the warehouse building. So, the playground is actually the play of surface. In short what I am doing is about the movement on the surface. After the critics, I can say that I better do not exaggerate the dimensions of the spaces or the masses, that occur with the play of surfaces, since they should not dominate the warehouse.


Site Studies

The project of this term is “factory as a generator of learning”. We initiated the studies with the analysis of the site from different scales. Here are my initial attempts and proposals.Ass04_NilayKaraköyRevised.jpg

Scaling a Screen?

Our traditional scale studies were initiated with “screen” this term.  Scaling a screen? Multiplying and resizing it! What is the function of a screen? Screen today has a great variety of meanings. A playground, notebook, computer, poster, step and many others whom I cannot imagine now. Yet the scale of a tablet is not comparable with the scale of a billboard screen since they have completely different purposes and requires different dimensions. Furthermore, it is not only the scale changing but the relation between human body and screen as well. Our reactions bodily experiences are also changing according to the changing sizes and functions. Continue reading “Scaling a Screen?”

Shading Elements

This is such a beneficial course for me that after learning about shading systems I, without noticing, started to guess whether its a northern facade or eastern while walking on the street and looking at the buildings around. The shading elements for each facade may differ through weather conditions, the angle of the sun or even in the daytime. Here is a case study of shading systems over Tsinghua University Central Canteen Building.