6 september 2011

"To be, to dwell, to build"

"Heidegger places great weight on language, which he regards as not only a tool for communication between human beings, but principally as a means of bringing beings to appearance and of revealing their essences. In doing so, he carefully weaves the tissue that connects dwelling with building and the Being of humans... bauen, buan, bin."


"Building is not simply the process of constructing buildings. They belong to dwelling in the sense (as proposed by Heidegger) that it is the prime means for human beings to integrate themselves in the fourfold (the four components of man's world: earth, sky, mortals, divinities)"


"To build is in itself already to dwell."




Sources:
Dwelling & Architecture - From Heidegger to Koolhaas, Pavlos Lefas, 2009, Berlin

"Building, Dwelling, Thinking", 1951

"Heidegger trusted human beings more than the proponents of Modernism did. To him we human types are manifest, warts and all; we revel in untidiness. Dwelling is not about living in a house; for us dwelling is a verb and the centre of everything we do. To dwell is not static - it is on the move and even when it stops its journey it is rarely still. It is there before we journey and there when we arrive, it is not place-specific. A good home is where we make it, it is where we lie."

dwelling |ňądweliNG|(also dwelling place )noun (formal)a house, apartment, or other place of residence
DERIVATIVESdweller noun [ in combination ] city-dwellers
ORIGIN
Old English dwellan lead astrayhinder, delay (in Middle Englishtarry, remain in a place)of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch dwellenstun, perplex and Old Norse dvelja delaytarry, stay.

Sources:
Dwelling & Architecture - From Heidegger to Koolhaas, Pavlos Lefas, 2009, Berlin






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