Visualizing making: Shapes, materials, and actions

Gursoy B., Ozkar M.

DESIGN STUDIES, cilt.41, ss.29-50, 2015 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier


The increasing interest in materiality currently challenges the long existing traditions that consider visual thinking as the primary actor in design creativity. Shape grammars offer a formalism to represent visual reasoning in design, which is never purely limited to the visual aspects of design processes. Aiming to develop ways to explicitly include material manipulation in a computational formalism, we report on an ongoing exploration of how shape computation extends beyond abstract visual shapes to incorporate material shapes that have a physical existence. We present a materially informed process with shape rules and show that we can apply these rules creatively to explore the physical character of the material. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.