I'm Gizem, a graduate student in Synthetic Biology at MIT, with a background in Computation (MIT) and Architecture (ITU). This is an online documentation of my design and engineering works ranging from interactive public spaces in urban settings to responsive genetic circuits in living cells. The content of this website is constantly evolving, and I try my best to keep it up-to-date!


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Here, the course of creative production is expressed through its main 'pillars' in a relatively chronological order to enable the viewer to navigate through the products easily. At this point, it is important to underline the fact that this representation owes its structure to purely practical reasons; it does not reflect my methodology of design. I do not embrace a chain model which requires the designer to follow certain steps and straight reasoning in order to reach the 'final' design. I believe it is more important to pursue the approach of 'parallel processing', which enables one to scrutinize the design problem across various scales simultaneously.