An Interactive computational design approach for creating architectural topographiesi

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Turkey

Approval Date: 2013

Thesis Language: English

Student: Gökhan Ongun



The research aims at developing a digital environment for understanding and analyzing natural forces and designing according to the simultaneous feedback given by omputational tools. The thesis is an investigation into the concept of interactivity between the designer and computer through the use of computational fluid dynamic tools in a local context of Eastern Netherlands Coast, in response to the already dynamic natural fluid like elements such as air, coastal currents and sand particles. The behavior of these natural elements and forces is significantly dynamic and adaptive to the environment, aspects that can be represented in computer based design environments; hence, the research focuses on the usage of these interactive tools in order to analyze and design. The main problematic developed is to find an alternative solution to the ongoing struggle between Netherlands’ coast and North Sea, by creating sand gathering zones in the sea and using these congregated sand surfaces and directed currents as a basis for architectural development. In the scope of the thesis, an exploration of morphogenetic processes in the organic or inorganic development of form is discussed through historical, theoretical and philosophical approaches.