Re: Reading Heiddeger
dummy icon Why read Heidegger?

This seems a fair question to ask in a school of architecture. We study architecture, not philosophy, right? Heidegger’s topics, often ontologically bound, do not translate directly into architectural praxis; the writing, especially in English, is dense; the words, opaque and often loaded with specific yet obtuse meaning, are not exactly floating through contemporary architectural discourse. In an architectural journal with the theme “build,” please allow me the possibility that Heidegger’s lecture, “Building Dwelling Thinking,” might offer something to the conversation. In the following essay, I propose to discuss the three main themes of the Heidegger’s lecture title – building dwelling thinking – and attempt to unravel a few of the lessons learned from the text that may help to understand what it means to build and, perhaps, for building.