Our instructors take us to experience the campus of the Middle East Technical University. We were expected to see, analyze and document the hinges and spatial relations.
Hinge is a new term for us; it is a different concept of connecting elements. It holds characteristics from both spaces that it connects. It enables to brake the enclosure or the continuity, so we can use it in our model too. It is special to one space therefore the usage of hinge actually is a sense because when we use too much it becomes ornament. Moreover, gap and hinge is different design elements therefore we can differentiate them by looking at the scale which is very crucial in this concept.
Here are some different use of hinges in METU:
Spatial hinge is different from the hinges that we see above. It also holds characteristics from both spaces. For example, if we take out let’s say courtyard, spaces around it and their relations will change.
Besides hinges we went to METU to analyze the spatial relations. In Faculty of Architecture, we can experience the same spaces or relations in different elevations. They are the variation of each other. On the other hand, we can also feel different things in a same place. For example, Alley continues in same direction, but different spaces near it attaches to it or move away from it.
CASE#2- Step 1
We were expected to decompose the 2D image that we produced for Case#1- Step 1. We were asked to recompose it achieving different conditions of continuities and discontinuities. While working this, we should just focus on the changes in the level of transparency, should not consider the characteristics of the original image. The size of the pixels is again 5x5cm but this time the dimensions of the composition is 20x75cm.
Here is my work:
We were assigned to make a cut and fold model by analyzing and referring the 2D composition which we produced in Step 1. This assignment was also aimed to abstract the information, therefore 1-1 correspondence was not necessary.
We were assigned to produce a relief by considering the pixelated image that we have produced in Step 1.
Relief is a condition which can target the differences between 2D picture plane and actual 3D form. The order is created in 2D however, while demonstrating an attempt to free itself from two-dimensionality through accommodating three dimensional values.
In view of the pixelated image that we created in the previous step, we were expected to make a model with corrugated cardboard. In my model, the pixels that the opacity levels are less, expressed more by making higher.
After the discussion, I realized that representing the whole information exactly which included in 2D is not the aim of this assignment. We should produce an abstract relief.
Here is the abstracted relief:
We were expected to produce an abstract representation of the given area. While doing this, we were asked to repeat and vary conditions inherent to this image. We should pixelated the given image by changing the degree of transparency of each pixel separately or applying the same opacity level to a couple of pixels, where the pixels should be square in shape and 5x5cm in size.
Here is the given image:
I differentiated pixels by looking at the intensity of the void parts. I considered grey areas which are close to each other and have a coherent texture as a solid whereas green and blue area are void. The degree of opacity of the void parts is less than the solid parts’. Here is my work:
Then we discussed about the submitted works in the studio. We have to give more information while changing the opacity of the pixels. The pixels which are the same opacity should give the same information. We were asked to revise our works.
The revise version of my work: