“Man’s relation to locations, and through locations to spaces, inheres in his dwelling. The relationship between man and space is none other than dwelling, thought essentially.”


Heidegger explores the purpose a building has to a man. Does the building belong to dwelling? He explores spaces in which man dwells over a period of time but do not dwell there. Those include workspaces, public spaces, etc.


He talks about the different aspects of houses in regards to the housing shortage. The meaning of a home has expanded due to the housing shortage. People might not be looking for the traditional home rather they might be interested in something that is, “easy to keep, attractively cheap, open to air, light, and sun”, a substitution in traditionalism. He questions the aspect of dwelling in these homes. If entomology, the study of the origin of words and how their meanings have changed over time, why is it to say that the essence of dwelling is retracted during the revolution of homes over history. If a man preserves his emotional relation to the space, is that not considered his place of dwelling? Not everyone has the same experiences in life, nor should they be expected to have the same living situations as their neighbor.


Mackenzie Connor


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