Tina Tian Qiu

MA work

How will the new bigger body question architectural standards?


From the Caryatid to the sexless Neufert (wo)man, architecture has been based on the idealised human body. Society now sees the bigger body as a taboo subject. Both men and women are under huge pressure to follow the trend of the ‘super waif’. But unlike media perceptions of the ‘beautiful body’, that small is better, the average UK person has been growing from big to bigger. This project embraces the larger body and celebrates it. What emerges is a new aesthetic born of the architecture of indulgence and excess.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Architecture

    Programme

    MA Architecture, 2012

    Specialism

    ADS3

  • How will the new bigger body question architectural standards?


    From the Caryatid to the sexless Neufert (wo)man, architecture has been based on the idealised human body. Society now sees the bigger body as a taboo subject. Both men and women are under huge pressure to follow the trend of the ‘super waif’. But unlike media perceptions of the ‘beautiful body’, that small is better, the average UK person has been growing from big to bigger. This project embraces the larger body and celebrates it. What emerges is a new aesthetic born of the architecture of indulgence and excess.


  • Degrees

  • BArch, Architecture, University of Nottingham, 2009
  • Experience

  • Architectural assistant, Pascall & Watson Architects, London, 2009–10; Architectural assistant, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Beijing, China, 2007