‘FLOATING PUBLIC SPACE’ FOR BIRDS: DESIGN RESEARCH AND PROTOTYPE FABRICATION IN HALIÇ

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15320/ICONARP.2020.146

Keywords:

Floating structures, hydrophilic design, robotic fabrication, floating space, Haliç

Abstract

Purpose

This text intends to discuss the outcome of the graduate design studio titled ‘hydrophilic structures’. Studio research is organized on two primary axis; revealing the potentials of floating spaces as an extension of public spaces on one hand, and digital design and fabrication technologies for prototyping on the other. Concepts such as floating structures, water interaction and public space may initially refer to human utilization however, non-human living organisms are critical for their decisive role on the qualities of the water and the urban environment.

Design/Methodology/Approach

Design of floating structures and water interaction had been a niche inside the traditional culture and practice of architectural design, whereas design and production skills in connection with water had historically developed mostly in the field of engineering and transportation. Floating structures and their potential for unconventional spatial experiences have recently engaged in the focus of contemporary design culture, mainly due to the increasing density and lack of public spaces on the land.

Findings

The proposal, designed through computational tools and fabricated through robotic technology, concentrates on various ways of interaction with water and acknowledge research on the spatial requirements for the birds, as the users of space.

Research Limitations/Implications

Fabrication of the floating prototype is assumed as a primary target for its observation potential enabling an original discussion of the design parameters for bird species. Limitations of the existing fabrication tools and sustainability of the practically available materials were assumed to be out of the scope of this study.

Social/Practical Implications

Design-research presented here covers principal case-studies of floating spaces, the buoyancy principles, material tests and essential variables of ecological dynamics in Haliç as a general framework.

Originality/Value

The subsequent prototype serves for a specific bird population utilizing Haliç as a part of their life cycle, rather than human utilization.

 

Author Biographies

Kutay Karabağ, Studio instructor and full-time lecturer in Bilgi University, Department of Architecture

Kutay Karabağ currently works at the Dept. of Architecture, Istanbul Bilgi University. Kutay does research in Architectural Conservation and Restoration, Adaptive Reuse, Industrial Heritage, History and Theory of Computational Design. His most recent publication is ‘Bir Endüstri Mirası Olarak Antalya Dokuma Fabrikası'.  

Zeynep Şahbaz, Graduate student of History, Theory and Criticism in Architecture in Bilgi University

Zeynep Şahbaz graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University, Dept. of Architecture in 2018. During this period, participated in various contributions at the intersection of architecture and sociology. Currently she is a graduate student in Dept. of Architecture History, Theory and Criticism. She is interested in public design and issues of city-power.

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28-12-2020

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Karabağ, K., & Şahbaz, Z. (2020). ‘FLOATING PUBLIC SPACE’ FOR BIRDS: DESIGN RESEARCH AND PROTOTYPE FABRICATION IN HALIÇ. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning ISSN: 2147-9380, 8, 124–142. https://doi.org/10.15320/ICONARP.2020.146

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SPECIAL ISSUE: "SPACE AND PROCESS"