Reading 45 – Abalos

In touring Heidegger’s cabin, and utilizing his models for inhabitation, it is clear Abalos considers space as the place in which we are, an existential consideration of what it means to inhabit space. The means by which this end is achieved is even more interesting. The dwelling as a bridge to other existential conditions allows Heidegger to support a minimal level materiality for the sake of simplicity. The siting, roof slope, the location of the entry way, are all infinitely more important than the aesthetic representation of function prevalent throughout modern architecture at the time. The dwelling as the bridge to thinking then completes the process of thought by which Heidegger made his arguments. In that sense, it was almost impossible to argue against. But this was solely considered under the auspices of his own accord. Architecture otherwise must consider the public accord, which incorporates great multiplicities and variances. But this domestic condition may certainly inform public works. It emphasizes the need to address existential qualities, that the experience of space is the experience of a singularity, only affected by the multiplicities. Would Heidegger’s cabin hold the same weight with a small collection of social interaction? This is where the interior condition becomes of greater importance, when the relationship of people in space exists within the interior as well.


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