Author : Lily Bakhshi

University : Woodbury School of Architecture

Status : MArch, 2014

Advisor : Mark Ericson

Title : Relative Dimensions | The indispensable Position of Body in Architecture

Measurement practices that use the [ human body ] and its movements to define space are developed based on the idea of the ‘universal body’.  The universal body is a series of [ measurements ] that form the basis of graphic standards in architecture, and are fundamental to the development of building codes.

Even when the universal body is not explicitly used in architectural production, its inevitable [ presence ] in codes, standards, and practices has a significant impact on the production of architectural space.  This thesis proposes a method of envisioning the space inhabited by the human body as a complex and layered engagement with objects, artifacts, and sensations.  It does not attempt to reduce the body to a set of standardized dimensions. Instead, it develops a representational methodology that focuses on the body and its relationship to objects, thereby proposing another metric for the production of [ space ].


S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Lily Bakhshi_ Human body, object body, along with their behaviour and interactions form the basis of this research.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
LB_ Art, Fashion, Choreography, Science, Furniture making!

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
LB_ Critical thinking.

S//A : Describe your dream project
LB_ Tailored Architecture