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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. This thought experiment does not represent building from the point of view of architecture or technology, rather it traces building back into the realm to which everything that is belongs.

In what way does building belong to dwelling?

Construir, habitar, pensar = Bauen, Wohnen, Denken : Martin Heidegger :

Part I In order to dwell, it seems, we must frst build. Dwelling is the goal of building.

Still, not every building is a dwelling place. Bridges and hangars, stadiums hwidegger power stations are buildings, but not places of dwelling; railway stations and highways, dams and market halls are buildings, but they too are not places of dwelling. These buildings are, however, in our realm of dwelling.

It extends over these buildings and does not limit itself to the place of dwelling.

The truck driver is at home on the highway, but does not have a shelter there; the worker is at home in the spinning mill, but does not have a dwelling place there either; the chief engineer is at home in the power station, but also does not dwell there.

These buildings house people. We inhabit them and yet do not dwell in them, if by dwelling, we simply mean that we take shelter in them. Occasionally, I have re-worded sentences in order to use non-gendered language, however, overall I have attempted render the English as close to the original German as possible, while also aiming to make the text readable and clear.

To that end, I have also changed much of the formatting. For an alternative translation and the most popularly citedsee the translation by Alfred Hofstadter in Poetry, Language, Thought New York, Malpas argues that a better translation would be living or residing. For the purposes of uniformity and clarity, I have chosen to keep Hofstadter’s translation of heiddegger as dwelling. Today’s houses can even be well-planned, easy denen maintain, attractively cheap, and with good ventilation and lighting.

But does a place of dwelling ensure that dwelling occurs? Those buildings that are not dwelling places still remain determined by dwelling, inasmuch as they serve human dwelling.

Thus, dwelling would in any case be the goal of all building. Dwelling and building are related as ends and means. Nevertheless, as long as we are only thinking about this, we take dwelling and building as two separate activities and we imagine that we are doing something right.

However, at the same time, we obscure our view of the essential cenken when we use this schema of ends and means. Building is not just a means and a way to dwelling – building is in itself already dwelling. Senken tells us this? What gives us a standard with which we can measure the essence of dwelling and building? The essence of something comes to us from language, provided that we respect language’s own essence.

In the meantime, of course, endless and clever speaking, writing, and broadcasting of spoken words rages around the globe. Humans act as though we were the creators and masters of language, while in fact language remains the master of us. Perhaps it is, before all else, humankind’s distortion of this relation of dominance that drives our nature into alienation. It is good that we still have a concern for language, but it does not help as long as we treat language merely as a means of expression.


Among all the summons that we as humans can bring about to be voiced, language is the highest and the frst everywhere.

The Old High German word for bauen — buan – means to dwell. In Germany, there was a significant housing crisis in late 40s and early 50s, due to the effects of the war. Derrida discusses supplementarity, which sees language as a supplement of reality. Heideger supplementarity Things are as they are, regardless of how they are described by language.

For Heidegger, language is omnipresent and things exist in relationality with language. But a covert trace of it has been preserved in the German word Nachbar – wlhnen. The Nachbar is the Nachgebur, the Nachgebauer, the near- dweller. The old word buan not only tells us that to build is really to dwell, but there is also a clue as to how we must think about what it means to dwell.

We usually imagine, when we talk about dwelling, an activity that humans perform along with many other activities. We work here and dwell there. We do baueb only dwell — that would be almost inactivity — we work, we do business, we travel and dwell in the process. Building originally means dwelling. Where the word bauen still speaks in its original sense, it says how far the essence of dwelling extends. In the forms ich bin, du bist, and the imperative form bis.

Through the old word bauen, we fnd the answer: The way in which I am, the manner in which we humans are on the earth, is buan, dwelling. To be a human means to be on the earth as a mortal. It means to dwell.

To build in this sense does not produce anything. Building ships and temples, however, does in a certain way produce something. To build unlike to cultivate here means to produce something. Both modes of building — building as cultivating the Latin colere, cultura and building as the erecting of edifces the Latin aedifcare — are included within building and, therefore, dwelling.

Building as dwelling, that is, as being on the earth, however, escapes our everyday experience. These activities later claim the name of to build, and with it the fact of building, heidefger for themselves.

Heidegger uses the words hegen and pflegen, which add a nice rhyme in the original German. In German, there is a clear relationship between wohnen denen Gewohnte. In English, there is a similar relationship between the words habit and inhabit. However, something decisive is concealed in it. Specifcally, dwelling is not experienced as being; dwelling is never thought of as the basic feature of human existence.

The evidence of the original meanings is shown in the fact that language retracts the actual meaning of the word bauen,10 which is to dwell. Because with the essential words of language, foreground meanings take the denkem of their true meanings, which are easily forgotten.

Humans have hardly thought about the secret of this process. Language obscures its simple and high speech from us. Through this, however, the basis of language does not become incapable of speech; it just becomes silent. Humans, though, do not pay close attention to this silence.

Bauen, Wohnen, Denken, Martin Heidegger inspiriert Künstler

But if we listen closely to what language says in the word bauen, we hear three things: Building is really dwelling. Dwelling is the manner in which mortals are on the earth. Building, as dwelling, unfolds in two ways: If we think about these three things, then we notice the following: We do not dwell wojnen we have built, but we build and have built because we dwell, that is, because we are dwellers.


But in what does the nature fenken dwelling consist? Let us listen once more to what language says to us.

Construir, habitar, pensar = Bauen, Wohnen, Denken

But the Gothic word wunian says more distinctly how this remaining is experienced. Wunian means to be at peace, to be brought to peace, to remain in peace. The word Friede, means the Freie, das Heideggre, and fry means protected from harm and threats. To be free actually means to spare. This process of sparing, 9 Here, Heidegger establishes bauen as having two constituent meanings – pflegen to cultivateand errichten to erect. Ultimately, Heidegger is making the heideggdr that bauen, wohnen, and sein point to the same act, because they share their etymologies in German.

Bahen sparing is something positive and occurs when we leave something in its own nature, when we return it specifcally to its essence, when we free it according to the true meaning of the word. The basic feature of dwelling is this sparing. It runs through the whole length of dwelling,12 which reveals itself to us as soon as denkem refect on the fact wohhnen human existence is based on dwelling and, indeed, in the sense that the mortals reside on the earth.

But “on the yeidegger already means “under the sky. When we say earth, we are wkhnen thinking of the other three sky, divinities, and mortalsyet we do not consider the unity of the four. The sky is the arching path of the sun, the path of the changing moon, the wandering luster of the stars, the year’s seasons and their turns, the light and twilight of the day, the darkness and brightness of the night, wonnen clemency and inclemency of the weather, the drifting clouds and blue depth of the ether.

When we say sky, we are already thinking of the other three earth, divinities, and mortalsyet we do not consider the unity of the four. The divinities are the waving messengers of the Godhead. Out of the holy power of this Godhead, God appears in his presence or withdraws into his veil. When we speak of the divinities, we are already thinking of the other three earth, sky, and mortalsyet we do not consider the unity of the four. Heidegger was influenced by his poetry about nature and beauty, which in turn led to the way Heidegger characterized the Fourfold.

They are called mortals because they can die. To die means to be capable of death as death. Only humans die, and indeed continually, as long as they remain on earth, under the sky, before the divinities.

When we speak of mortals, we are already thinking of the other three earth, sky, and divinitiesyet we do not consider the unity of the four. We call this unity of the four the Fourfold.