Multiverse of a Form

Multiverse of a Form
Snowflake to Shelder

Arzu Gönenç Sorguç1, Müge Kruşa Yemişcoğlu2, Çağlar Fırat Özgenel3
1,2,3Middle East Technical University, Department of Architecture
1,2,3{arzug|mugek|fozgenel}@metu.edu.tr

The almost seamless integration of computation, fabrication and immersion technologies in architecture not only constitutes potentials for exploring design instances through multiple media but also changes design paradigm from form-formation to form-formation-exploration. In this sense, multiverse of design as proposed in this study and integration of various design technologies from virtual to real aims to advance higher order thinking skills and a more exclusive design exploration in computational design process.

Undoubtedly, the multiverse of design cannot be handled without emerging technologies temptingly easing fabrication in both physical and virtual realms. On the other hand, such technologies can easily be deceptive in regard with scale, choice of material, details and etc. Therefore, how and which modes of exploration (physical or virtual) should be integrated into the design process is critical.

“Exploration of design” in the realm of new technologies does not only connote a formal exploration of design and its performance but it also becomes a way learning/thinking of design enhancing critical thinking and constructivist learning. Within the scope of this study by Arzu Gönenç Sorguç, Çağlar Fırat Özgenel and Müge Kruşa Yemişcoğlu, the multiverse of a form(ation) is explained throughly and examplified through snowflake pavilion which is issued to 4th year and graduate students in the scope of an elective studio course. Snowflake pavillon comprises physical, virtual and mapped reality as a triskelion for immersive experience for visitors.

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