Heidegger: Baun, Wohnen, Denken

Building, Thinking, Dwelling:

After WWII, the Deutscher Werkbund (German Association of Craftsmen), was reinstated and held a Colloquiem(1949) This was the second… Man and Space… people were thinking about rebuilding after WWII

Its initial purpose was to establish a partnership of product manufacturers with design professionals to improve the competitiveness of German companies in global markets. The Werkbund was less an artistic movement than a state-sponsored effort to integrate traditional crafts and industrial mass-production techniques, to put Germany on a competitive footing with England and the United States

Around WWI style, culture and social housing dominated discussions.  Around WWII, the theme was “man in an ahistorical context.”


The prominent design discussion had been focused on form and objects. This was the start to a reactionary discussion focusing or refocusing on the user or quality of user and their or its reflection in the object .


In Heidegger’s keynote speech at the “Man and Space” Darmstadt Colloquiem of 1951 hosted by the Deutcher Werkbund, he addresses the intersection of Building and Thinking as the definition of Dwelling.  This seems to be closely related to contemporary discussions of Design and Collective Consciousness.  Dwelling is our being alongside our need for “cultivating” and “constructing.”


carving versus marking versus separating

Ra Paulette



Arcology – Paolo Soleri

Permaculture- David Holmgren, Bill Mollison

Heigdegger and his multifaceted definition of Dwelling

~Sasha Batorsky


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