Material Computability of Indeterminate Plaster Behavior

  • Aslı AydınEmail author
  • Mine Özkar
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 527)


In this study, we revisit the concepts of abstraction and materialization with regards to the theoretical framework of new materialism. Underlining the changing relationship between design through abstraction (DtA) and design through materialization (DtM) in design history, we propose an integration of the two towards achieving design emergence. Additional to a theoretical framework, we provide a showcase through material experiments of plaster and abstractions in the form of shape computation. We discuss results as parameters for future digital implementations and potentials for design practice and education.


Shape computation New materialism 



The study is the extended and revised version of a part of Aslı Aydın’s master’s thesis titled “Material Computability of Becoming Forms.” The thesis was supervised by Mine Özkar and submitted to Graduate School of Science, Engineering and Technology at Istanbul Technical University in April 2014. The research is partially funded by Istanbul Technical University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istanbul Bilgi UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Istanbul Technical UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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