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Understanding the Verbal Concepts Appropriated by the Students in the Architectural Design Studio
August, 2016
Burak Pak, Ayse Zeynep Aydemir
The eCAADe 2016, Oulu School of Architecture, Finland, 24.08.2016 - 26.08.2016
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The main aim of this study is to gain a better understanding of the role of verbal concepts in the architectural design processes of the students in a studio context. To serve this purpose, we carried out a fifteen-week studio in an urban architectural masters design studio at KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture. We observed the use of verbal concepts in time during this studio and analysed the design processes of the students based on their self-report logs on the studio web platform. Based on these, we conducted a statistic analysis and a network mapping study. We found that early concepts provide a starting point for developing fully-fledged specialised design ideas. Furthermore, a higher number of links between concepts indicated their importance during the process. In addition, the data collection and research methods proved to be reliable for mapping the design process of the students as well as revealing the evolution of the ideas in the studio.

Keywords: Design Studio, Concepts, Crowdsourcing, Web Platform, Self-reporting, Design Research

The Role of Representation in Architectural Design Learning
June, 2016
Ayse Zeynep Aydemir, Burak Pak, Kris Scheerlinck
10th EAAE/ARCC International Conference, Lisbon, 6/15/2016 - 6/18/2016
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In this study we aim to gain a better understanding of representations and reorganisation of the
studio setting in design processes of the students in a studio context. To serve this purpose, we carried out a 15-week studio work in an urban architectural master design studio. We investigated how students use representations in relation with reorganisation of the setting. We analysed their design process by the development of representations, studio observations and a survey questionnaire. We found that reorganisation of the studio setting positively effect learning process and final proposals; whereas new ways of representation modes have a significant contribution.

Keywords: Representation, Architectural Design Learning, Action Research, Experimental Practices

Connotations in Architectural Design Education
May, 2014
Ayse Zeynep Aydemir
ARCHDESIGN'14, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, Turkey, 08.05.2014 - 10.05.2014
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The paper lean on one broad question: how, in the paradigm of relational networks and emergence, the domain of architecture alters its content and production with the situations constructed by 'connotations'? Then it focuses its inquiry on the use of connotations during design operations in order to discover the emergence of new ideas in the studio. Opposing the scarcity of ideas during the design act as well as the reductive and generic approaches during the process, the paper investigates new ways of looking at architectural education through a series of studio experiments of a first year undergraduate Architectural Design studio called 'Otherminds'. The studio experiments are parts of separate design tasks that are assigned in different times. In particular, the initial aim will be to discover the realm of significance through relationality of material and immaterial tools what could be termed 'connotations' which have tacit impact within the complex and unpredictable occurrence of design as a part of architectural education.

Keywords: Connotations, Situation Design, Flow, Architectural Education, Experimental Design

A Multi-layered Approach on Urban Experience through Parallax View
September, 2013
Ayse Zeynep Aydemir
EAEA11 2013 Envisioning Architecture: Design, Evaluation, Communication, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy, 25.09.2013 - 28.09.2013 [Full Text]
The paper presents a one year study that deals with the emergent multiple character of the urban environment of metropolis. Besides examining the city, discourse of this research has an intention to initiate a new understanding for the cities that we live in, adopt and transform through multi-layered character of the parallax view with an aim to explore the urban experiences. In order to represent the differences rather than the similarities in the city, the study approaches to the interrelation of the city and the urban dweller, underlining multi-layered conditions and the diversity through multiple experiments of urban experiences that have taken place in Istanbul case. Three parallel experiments were held respectively real-time, collaborative and literal for the same site to collect multiple views of urban dwellers. In real-time experiment 6 participants walked around the site with a recording camera. In collaborative experiment, participants marked the traces of their experiences of the same site on a non-layered common online map. And finally in literal experiment, novels of Orhan Pamuk are examined for his fictional and real memories of the same site. Since these specific experiments have an intention to transform the multiple urban data without a reduction but with an interpretation, it is clear that the study favours the subjectivity of urban life. The reproducible and transformable outcomes and methodology of the suggested experiments imitate this subjective and multiple behaviour of urban environment, expecting to lead similar design behaviours.
Keywords: Parallax, Urban Experience, Multiplicity

metropolitan space fragmented

October, 2009
Çigdem Eren, Arzu Erdem, Ipek Baycan, Ayse Zeynep Aydemir
IAPS: Revitalising Built Environments, ITU Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul, Turkey, 17.10.2009 - 19.10.2009
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The city that we know, is changing; especially its physical structure and meaning through the material processes directed by economic, technological and political and conceptual transformations. Consequently, cities are the main area of focus for a multitude of interdisciplinary research. In order to understand the many layers of the global metropolis or to explicitly represent their underlying mechanisms, a variety of paradigms and hence relevant tools of analysis have been generated. This paper aims to discuss a particular design experiment where the problem is defined as a mean to enable a thorough analysis and evaluation of the ever-changing dynamics of a metropolitan setting and to propose/device a creative approach of intervention while adding/designing the new. The paper is based on a workshop that is organized by the Istanbul Branch of the Chamber of Architects for undergraduate architectural students from a variety of institutes of higher learning located in Istanbul.

Keywords: Fragmented Metropolis, Experienced Space, Urban Ecology and Design