A poster about Mass and Surface

  A few weeks ago, our teacher wanted us to do a digital poster about mass and surface. Le Corbusier told about that in his book which is Towards a New Architecture. We read this book until the page 42. This assignment is that preparing a poster with key words and creating a composition about mass and surface part in that book. 

   After the critic about our posters which is during the lesson,I realised what composition is.

  • There shouldn’t be a random element in your composition.
  • All elements including photos and words should be at true places.
  • There should be a relationship between the elements.
  • The element should tell a point, when you look at it.

This is my assignment about it.

Leyla Yildiz Poster (mass surface) Assignment


Le Corbusier. Towards a New Architecture, New York: Dover Publication, 1986 (originally 1931), pp. 21-42


My first poster

 Three weeks ago I learned about how to prepare a poster by the help of photoshop program. Ohh, you can be sure that using photoshop is quite difficult. Whatever.. I did a poster with a photo and some sentences. This is just a sample.

Leyla Yildiz

Spatial planes and lines

Hi:) I shared photos about abstracting space a few weeks ago. Now, I will show  continuation of that assignment. The objective of this model is composition by spatial planes and lines, contracting relations, attaining stability. When our teachers talked about this assignment, we had scared a little bit because it looked complicated. They wanted us to do a model with again acetates and a wire as three dimensional. While I was doing this, I really sloged because it is difficult rather than the first assignments and took too much time. Also, wiring to acetates was very tiring. However, after the finish that, I felt relieved 🙂 I understood quite what overlapping is during the assignment.

First model:

DSCF1362Final model with Y axis:


So, my first project was over!! 🙂

Comparative report between ‘Regulating lines’ and ‘Music and Mathematics as Models’

This week I read two texts and I want to share my comparative report between these texts with you 🙂

   To begin with, I will mention about the contexts of these texts. “Regulating Lines”. Towards a New Architecture was written by Le Corbusier in New York in 1986. He tried to create and show a new esthetic values while representing a new perception of architecture in industrial epoch. He told us the subjects which need to be according to him. So, while he was explaining his ideas, he used a advising language.  The other text which is “Music and Mathematics as Models”. Basics Design Methods was written by Kari Jormakka. in Basel at the present time in 2007. He also tried to show design methods in his text and  while he was doing this, he used a informative language and historical examples rather than being demanding.

   Additionaly, I want to tell about some similarities and differences in point of their contents. First, both of them tried to express that there should be some regulations while designing a structure. According to them, it should definitely have  a proportion and calculation. Furthermore, they talk about the hormony but while they are explaining that, they use different ways. Jormakka mention that there should be geometrical specifications as a harmony in buildings. On the other hand, Le Corbusier says that the harmony can be created with the scales of human body. Besides, Le Corbusier explains the organisation of structures with regulating lines and it can be provided just geometrical shapes. It can show the beauty of buildings with regulating lines and geometry. On the other side, Kari Jormakka explains the organisation with music and rhythm. He describes architecture as frozen music. Music should be source of inspiration to architects. He explains designing a structure by the help of musical rhythm and notes. Regulation of buildings can be provided with it. Also, he mentions the proportion not for beauty. His aim is to show the relations between the elements. Briefly, both of these architects try to say that there should be a organisation and harmony while designing a structure. Actually, they tried to say the same thing but they used different ways.


Regulating Lines

From  http://www2.latech.edu/~wtwillou/LeCorbusier.jpg


Le Corbusier. “Regulating Lines”. Towards a New Architecture. New York: Dover Publication, 1986 (originally 1931). pp. 65-88.

Jormakka, Kari. “Music and Mathematics as Models”. Basics Design Methods. Basel: Birkhauser, 2007. pp . 20-32.


My report about an article excerpts from ‘An American Architecture’


Wright, F. L. “Excerpts from: An American Architecture”, in: Smith, K. (ed.) Introducing Architectural Theory, New York and London: Routledge, 2012, pp. 184-188.

I read an article excerpts from ‘ An American Architecture’

First of all, I want to start writing about the author of this text.  Frank Lloyd Wright ( June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959)

He was recognized in 1991 as ‘the greatest American architect of all time.’ While I was searching about him, I was really impressed. He designed more than 1000 structures and completed more than 500 constructions.  He influenced architecture in the beginning of the 20th century and architecture could have a new appearance thanks to him. This is a huge job!  He believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called ‘ Organic Architecture’. He adopted something that includes anti-classical and anti-european with this style. He tried to symbolize independence of the American culture. His best structure is ‘Fallingwater’ which was designed in 1935.



From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallingwater

He could show his power in the field of architecture with his work that he designed Guggenheim

If I return this text, I want to say about the target audience first. I think it’s audience is definitely architects and  architecture students.

The other important thing is subject and purpose of this text. ?! It is about purpose, use, continuity and functionalism. Also, the aim is showing a connection between form and function. Which one comes first?! As Wright mentioned ‘forms fallow functions’.

The most interesting thing is about Wright’s philosophy which is Organic Architecture. The Guggenheim Museum is one of the best examples. It has the best  design as funcional. 

Look! There is a great form and design in this museum but the main and ‘’ important’’ thing is that it is so useful.. People can do  something and reach somewhere easily and steadyingly thanks to these spiral structures.


From http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/2/16/1266326122729/Guggenheim-Museum-001.jpg

‘Unity Temple’ is also an interesting project. As Wright mentioned, Unity Temple hasn’t actual walls as walls. The main objective is bringing the room through in that Project. There is a great design in it. The big room in this temple lets sunlight fall and creat a shadow. So this shadow is deemed ‘religious’



From http://richardtulloch.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/unity-temple.jpg


There is an another important example ‘Hanna House’; It has more fertility and flexibility where human movement is concerned than the square.



Abstracting Space part 2

After my last drawing about the backyard of my school, my teachers wanted us to make mini model by overlapping planes, attaining different levels of hierarchy, proportionate relationship between layers. I produced a composition referring to my previous drawings by using normal acetate, sanded acetate and yellow acetate sheets.



Next week, I will do it’s bigger and  three dimensional model.. I hope it will be better 🙂