This week we learned something brand new for us which is called “Orthographic Projection”. Firstly, in the lecture I thought I understood everything about orthgraphic projection. However, whe it was time to draw, everything started to be complicated for me. And another tough part was about our object. Our object was can opener! It was the first time that I saw that object in my whole life! Morever, it was the single object in the studio that everyone tried to measure to draw! Yet, in the end result has satisfied me and I think I have learned it well even after those difficult hours.
This week of the Intorduction to Architecture course we assigned to read the Adolf Loos’ book’s one chapter which is called “Ornament and Crime”. Adolf Loos is a functionalist architect which is obviously recognizable in the book. He specificly give importance to functions of the buildings and the daily life items. And thats the reason of he is against using ornament because he thinks that using ornament makes an item less usefull and makes it out of trend more fast. On the other hand Loos see ornament as a waste of time and craftsmanship. Because he supports this idea by giving an example that a labour who spends his 20 hour while making a shoe with lots of ornament and for good craftsmanship. Whereas, a labour who is making a non-ornament shoe spends his only 8 hour. But unfortunately both labourers earnes equal money. That why he thinks ornament is a waste of time and energy.
He does not want to identify the non-ornament objects as cheap ones. Even though his products does not have any ornament they are expensive enough because of their funcionalities. So that, he is not against luxury.
He is making a strong argument that ornament is not our cultures natural product but a corruption which is so visable. As you can understand from the title, he is makimg strong and brave arguments while advocating his ideas.
After the previous assignment, our instructures wanted us to produce a diagram of it. It was something new for us. We started to producing it and after that they wanted us to make a model with the same units but one element of that unit should be streched and also we should have be in accordance with that diagram. I tried a lot to reach that model but I couldn’t. And then, I realized that the diagram was so specific to that previous model. So that, I tried to produce a generic diagram as possible and I tried to make units grouped according to their relations. This time it was lots more easy. So that I could reach this model. In addition, stretching operation made me gain new relations even though I lost some of them. It was a good experience that taught me lot of useful things.
We kicked off to a new stage of our training which is called CO-MO-RO, in other words copy-move-rotate. Firstly, we determined a plane which is limited with 20 cm2. Ad by using that element we introduced a unit. My unit includes 5 elements so that I could make my unit oriented every direction. That increased my unit’s potential in terms of assembling them together. After that, I tried to study the relations between units and their variations. I tried make them strong relations as possible and tried to add complexity to my model.
In this 5 days holiday, I had a chance to read previous assigned chapters of Towards an Architecture. I’ve gone over those chapters because I wanted to make everything crystal clear. At the very last I’ve read the “Regulating Lines”, in other words “construction lines”. In this chapter Le Corbusier lays emphasis on significance of layout of an construction. That is the thing that I’ve always been heard but never gave importace to. Whereas, I’ve learned that regulating lines makes us avoid arbitrary results. But they can still give us great satisfactory.
The thing which was riveting for me was the use of regulating lines even in the earlier eras. After primitive humans settled to a place which is optimum for their needs, they started to build new habitat. But they did not started doing it randomly. They were planning everything even though they did not have a tool to help them measure anything. They used their legs, fingers, steps to measure things. So that they did not take planning for granted. It was so surprising for me because even they didn’t have units of measurements they used regulating lines.
I have realized that regulating lines provides the compatible compositions of the proportions, lines and the colours. And they awaken us to see senseful and coherent relations clearly. Namely, we should use regulating lines as a tool to help us but not for a solution.
In our Architectural Communication Techniques course we had a little workshop about architectural photography by Esatcan Coşkun. He emphasized light and shadow conditions, angle of view and frame. Regarding to the things that we have learned, our instructors assigned us to take 3 photographs by using these conditions to improve our new skills. Me and my couple of classmates decided to go to METU campus to take some photos. Here are photographs that I took above. I wanted to show light conditions and demonstrate that shadow is sharpest at the first picture because light level is too high and as the time progress and sun sets, shadow is softening. Moreover, by differentiating the angle of view the frame has changed too.
As I touched on in my previous post, we chose an image from our school library to make collage. For the second step of this work we made a hardcopy collage. But in this case we used text too. Again I tried to use grid as a tool. I divided my image as vertical stripes by using grid. But still I paid attention to reference lines of the image. And then, I combined them with the texts.