Building Posture: Glasgow School of Arts Driven Voids of Light and Body Dynamics Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper is an attempt to build a meaningful relationship between architecture, structure and body dynamics using the recently constructed Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art as a case study. We argue that space, time and meaning in architecture are poetically crafted by the thorough understanding of the relationship between body dynamics and architecture through the physical performance in traditional Japanese martial arts and the role of structural analogies in the making of architecture. We used both analogical reasoning and personal experience in both domains of architecture and martial arts as a reflective research method. The story of making the Reid Building supports our argument as we compare it to the structure, strength, and body dynamics.

name of conference

  • 13th Biennial International Conference of the European Architectural Envisioning Association

published proceedings

  • Envisioning Architecture: Space/Time/Meaning

author list (cited authors)

  • Ali, A. K.

complete list of authors

  • Ali, Ahmed K

editor list (cited editors)

  • Maver, T., Chapman, P., Platt, C., Portela, V., & Eaton, D.

publication date

  • September 2017