Formal Descriptions of Material Manipulations An Exploration with Cuts and Shadows

Gursoy B., Jowers I., Ozkar M.

16th International CAAD Futures Conference, Sao-Paulo, Brazil, 8 - 10 July 2015, vol.527, pp.439-457 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 527
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-662-47386-3_24
  • City: Sao-Paulo
  • Country: Brazil
  • Page Numbers: pp.439-457
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Shape computation in design is never purely limited to visual aspects and ideally includes material aspects as well. The physicality of designing introduces a wide range of variables for designers to tackle within the design process. We present a simple design exercise realised in four stages where we physically manipulate perforated cardboard sheets as a case to make material variables explicit in the computation. The emphasis is on representing sensory aspects rather than easily quantifiable properties more suitable for simulations. Our explorations demonstrate the use of visual rules to represent actions, variables and form as well as how to control the variables to create new results, both desired and surprising, in materially informed ways.