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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Architectural Division Technical Session 1

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Architectural Engineering

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Bekir Kelceoglu Syracuse University

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Prof. Bekir Kelceoglu was born in Ankara, Turkey and attended Anadolu University, where he received his B.A. in Interior Architecture. Even before his graduation, he started to work as a free-lance tutor, product designer, and interior architect. In year 2006, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ohio State University, concentrating on design development process in industrial design.
His research interests are: humanitarian design, design development process, and emerging technology integration in design.

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In November 2016, author of this paper named in the ten finalists out of 132 designers from 27 countries at a highly-prestigious international design competition. It was about designing a light fixture with the theme “Cosmos.”

The initial research took place in January 2016. As a mixed-method researcher, the author started gathering data to understand what the Cosmos is all about and analyzed the findings as a personal reflection and the overall synthesis of the research. No quantitative data were collected, as it is not suitable for this particular study.

This paper documents this journey, from ideation to research; to prototyping to the final presentation at reception gala. Since no images are allowed in this abstract, final version will feature the design in depth with plenty of process images.

Following text was submitted with the winning design. Identities and affiliations were removed for the peer-reviewing reasons:

“CONCEPT STATEMENT “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe…” said Carl Sagan, who is perhaps one of the most popular astrophysicists of the modern history. Understanding the meaning behind his words, I synthesized my own quote: “If you want to design a light fixture, then I need to invent the light first…” Then I traveled to the point at which all had started, the Big Bang, and found my inspiration there.

Stellar represents the origin and the birth of our universe. Like everything else, the light was born in there and ever so expending to every direction. Hard geometric angles and diverging lines enforce this great explosion. Stellar was designed as two separate pieces so that the user can carry his/her universe anywhere he/she wishes. The smart processor inside the light globe provides many customizable options, such as color, intensity, and/or sensor integration.

PROJECT SPECS Stellar’s crown and its pedestal are made out of highly polished chrome tubes. They are attached with point-welding. The feet and the neck of the stand are solid iron providing necessary stability. The actual light fixture is a Bluetooth controlled RGB-LED system, which has a rechargeable battery. The detached crown can provide 2-4 hours of continuous light at the highest intensity. The crown can be placed at any corner to recharge it back again. (18”x18”x58”)

BIO “Author” is a professor and a designer. Passionate about design and emerging technology, he has been actively teaching, researching, and designing architectural products for more than ten years. Originally from “Country”, he has bachelor’s degree in interior architecture from “University”, “Country”; and, master of fine arts degree in industrial design development from the “University”. He lives and designs in “City”, “State”, “Country”.”

Kelceoglu, B. (2018, June), STELLAR’S JOURNEY: FROM CONCEPTION TO PROTOTYPING OF THE FINALIST OF AN INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30985

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