“Building, Dwelling, Thinking” came about from sniffing the air, which in 2009 reeked of the odour of recession. A powerful gust of wind blew our hats off and forced us to look up. Where has this wind come from? What’s going on? What’s going to happen? It made us realise that it was time to reflect on the present, to study the past in order to imagine the future.
The debate extends beyond the realms of commerce and goes right to the heart of the building world, addressing the topical themes that are being debated amongst architects and ultimately extending to the sphere of human beings. Because, in the words of Heidegger, “dwelling is the stay of mortals on the earth”.
The title “Building, dwelling, thinking” is in fact taken from a well-known essay by the German philosopher. We wanted to start out from the words of a philosopher because if the changes are as significant as expected, it is necessary to start out from the essence of things and therefore from the meaning of building and dwelling.
This series of conferences and seminars will host speakers from a range of backgrounds, including architecture, in an attempt to discuss the chosen themes from various standpoints.