Sahil Mohan

My interest in the human body is the heart of architecture theory for me. Historically the human body was the origin of measurement; even the meter which was supposed to be devoid of a relation to the human body was anthropomorphized by Le Corbusier with Le Modulor. Because measurement is fundamental to architecture, I came to understand the human body as the center of the praxis of architecture and therefore the key to how I understand space. Furthermore, the way one constructs the tool of measurement affects the development of space and the minutia of how space is experienced. I have been interested in creating new tools that measure the human body beyond scale- life and death, queerness, eroticism, displacement of light across body, etc., and how these tools have the implication to profoundly affect architecture and question Modernist norms. Example of these tools include: displacement of light from the human body on 35mm film, using MRI scans of the human body to create architectural form, mapping the human body into developable surfaces for garment construction, and researching water as a queer material in infrastructure.  The main goal of this research is to learn how to create contemporary spiritual spaces for queer bodies.