Three reminders to architects – Mass and Surface

This article mentioned that mass and surface are important parts of structures in architecture. Mass and surface are revealed by plan which obtain from  a strong imagination. Our eyes are enabled to see forms in light and we perceive clearly. Most of the constructions having geometrical forms and mathematical calculations satisfy our eyes as a visual. With this part, I can say that architectural beauty is enabled through geometrical.

Also the other important quality is surface in architecture. Author says that to model surface of a simple and primary form brings about relation between mass and surface. I agree with this view. Mass refers to the size of a building and can be understood as the actual size or size relative to context and on the other hand, surface completes as a beauty to this building .I ‘m just saying that  both of them are an indivisible whole.

   Three reminders  to architects – Mass and Surface from Le Corbusier’s Towards New Architecture


Collage I-II (ARCH 111)

In this assignment , we selected two pages with different visual qualities.  one of them has to be only text and other page is only image. Then, i organised according to some qualities..(balance, hierarchy, alignment..etc. and also we have to use horizontal or vertical pieces for the poster. Geometrical ordering principle was given attention in order to recompose them.


My report about the text : ‘Regulating Lines’ (Arch 121)



“An inevitable element of Architecture.The necessity for order. The regulating line is a guarantee against wilfulness. It brings satisfaction to the understanding. The regulating lines is a means to an end; it is not a recipe. Its choice and the modalities of expression given to it are an integral part of architectural creation.” 

                                                                                             Towards a New Architecture- Le Corbusier

      Regulating lines, starting at significant areas of the main volumes, could be used to rationalize the placement of features in buildings.At the beginning  primitive man has regulated his environment and has chosen things which is suitable for him  survive and then he found and produced some equipments himself. He made tent and regulated according to some qualities and this process developed in time. For instance Greeks, Egyptions, Michelangelo and others always used regulating lines because regulating lines provide strong and excellent structure.

Regulating line is based on measurement.The reason why using measurement and geometric shapes are that they gives tangible results and can perceive easily. If they are not, everything becomes arbitrary and illogical. In this reading i liked a quotation” With your regulating lines you kill imagination, you make a god of a recipe.Some people believe that using regulating lines do not improve anything also you lose your quality of imagination, but i don’t think like that. In my humble opinion,  regulating lines just contribute and provide harmonic unity of color and  it provides mathematical results as tangible.

We can see harmony of geometrical shapes in the most of the famous construction in history. Proportion , harmony between structures obtain through geometric shapes and with them we perceive beauty of construction. On the other hand, purpose of regulating lines satisfy and guarantee construction which made with pleasure.


                ( Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris)

We can see a example of using harmony of geometric shapes and regulating lines.The determinant surface of the Cathedral is based on the square and the circle.

Structural Frame (Stage-2)

In stage-1, we made and observed structural analysis of a manufacturing counter and the particular steps within the course of production. However, in this stage, we were expected to produce a structural frame using linear elements like wooden stick. We just used wooden stick which is 42 mm in lenght and  multiples of 42mm also rotation has to only 90 degrees. When we produce this model, we gave importance some important qualities such as rhythm, variation, differentiaton, repetition …etc. While making this,strong observation and abstraction are the main qualities. That is my initial model and after discussed on it, i learned my mistakes such as i must be careful while applying the branching operation like that. At the beginning, this assignment looks very easy, but when you start  to make it becomes so complex.