MIM 4122 Shape Grammars
On 28th March 2018 we have a guest lecturer, Birgül Çolakoğlu, PhD from ITU.
Download course syllabus.
Download A1 student sheet. Due 28 Feb.
Download A2 student sheet. Due 21 Mar.
Week 1 reading material: Stiny, G. "Introduction to Shape and Shape Grammars" due 21 Feb. 2018
Week 4 reading material: Knight, T. Shape, "Shape grammars in Education and Pratice: History and Prospects", due 14 Mar. 2018
Week 6 reading material: Çolakoğlu, B., "An Informal Shape Grammars for Interpolations of Traditional
Bosnian Hayat Houses in a Contemporary Context", due 28 Mar. 2018
Colakoğlu, B., "Design by Grammar: Hybrid Applications of Grammar in Design Studio Projects",
due 28 Mar. 2018
Objective and Expectations
What is grammar? How it is used in design communication? This course investigated the use of shape grammars in design communication. Since shape grammars are wholly visual, rather than textual and numerical, they provide a good way of seeing things, analyzing and exploring design solutions.
The basics of shape grammars will be introduced through lectures and through in-class, by-hand exercises with simple, abstract shape grammars. A range of applications from stylistic analysis to creative design will be explored. Readings will supplement lectures.
The lectures will be in English.
The class meets once a week: On Wednesdays between 09:00-11:00.
Students are expected to attend % 80 of the lectures, participate in the discussions and do the classwork/homework. If you don’t attend the course 4 times (including sickness), you automatically fail. The grade for this course is divided in the following sections:
Attendance / Participation: 10%
Three studies: (A1-A2-A3) 25% each
Final project: (A4) 40%
A1- 2D shape hunt in campus (Duration: 1 week) Individual work
A2 – CubeMondrian (Duration:1 week) Individual work
Analyzing rules in art in 2D and creating new 3D patterns
A3- 3D Fold (Duration: 3 weeks) Individual work
Origami techniques on 3D form generation
A4- 3D Building (Duration: 6 weeks) Individual work