A1 Journal article (refereed)
Arkkitehtuurin poliittinen tiedostamaton : Martin Heideggerin "Rakentaa asua ajatella" (2020)

Lohtaja, A. (2020). Arkkitehtuurin poliittinen tiedostamaton : Martin Heideggerin "Rakentaa asua ajatella". Tiede ja edistys, 45(2), 91-109. https://doi.org/10.51809/te.109653

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All authors or editorsLohtaja, Aleksi

Journal or seriesTiede ja edistys


Publication year2020


Issue number2

Pages range91-109


Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77196


Martin Heidegger’s ”Building Dwelling Thinking” argues that socially engaged architecture fails to understand that the crisis of housing is related to more profound crisis of being. To fully grasp this, architecture needs to be detached from direct social and political questions. Instead architecture needs to examine and elaborate, how dwelling and being are related. Situated however to the actual reconstruction period after the wwii, the statement has its own ideological purpose. By looking this from the point of view of the political unconscious of architecture, the article proposes that Heidegger’s philosophical reflections are deliberately targeted against the political project of modernist architecture and its conceptualization of architecture for emancipated masses. The article concludes that this political unconscious is also implied in later phenomenological approaches to architecture influenced by Heidegger.

Keywordsarchitecturepostwar periodmodernismpolitical characterrebuilding (construction)housing policyaestheticsunconscious mindpolitical philosophyphenomenology

Free keywordsHeidegger, Martin

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Reporting Year2020

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