Reading 44 – Heidegger

Building Dwelling Thinking seems to be Heidegger’s establishment of relationship to body in space. That he associates thinking to dwelling is an interesting notion because it clearly defines when one is not thinking. In times of physical exertion, or movement, thinking is limited. But in times of study, stillness, and sleep, thinking is elevated. And so this helps to understand what it means to dwell. By dwelling, we create a physical, or virtual, environment to inhabit. This allows us to situate reason within space, and give us truth. Without that space, there is no relation and truth is left yet to be determined. Constructing that space is the work of the architect, and in this sense everyone can be an architect. Sitting on a rock and framing thought within the exterior environment is building and dwelling. But to design architecture in the professional sense requires a greater deal of forethought, supposing how one might dwell and think within the space. For this reason, the building aspect is the most doubtful, and not always the correct answer. By leaving spaces flexible and open to a variety of dwelling conditions, there is a greater opportunity for a variety of thought. How can architects implement Building Dwelling Thinking within a greater urban context? How does movement within the city challenge this and can the two cooperate?


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My final year of architecture school at the University of Calgary!
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