Architecture and urban design are typically considered as a result of artistic creativity performed by gifted individuals. Postphenomenology and Architecture: Human Technology Relations in the Built Environment analyzes buildings and cities instead as technologies. Informed by a postphenomenological perspective, this book argues that buildings and the furniture of cities—like bike lanes, benches, and bus stops—are inscribed in a conceptual framework of multistability, which is to say that they fulfill different purposes over time. Yet, there are qualities in the built environment that are long lasting and immutable and that transcend temporal functionality and ephemeral efficiency. The contributors show how different perceptions, practices, and interpretations are tangible and visible as we engage with these technologies. In addition, several of the chapters critically assess the influence of Martin Heidegger in modern philosophy of architecture. This book reads Heidegger from the perspective of architecture and urban design as technology, shedding light on what it means to build and dwell.
Lars Botin is associate professor in the department of planning at Aalborg University.
Inger Berling Hyams is finishing her PhD at the University of Roskilde.
Chapter 1:Postphenomenology and Architecture: Architecture as Measurer for Human and
Lars Botin & Inger Berling Hyams
Chapter 2:Multistable Infrastructure: The Scripted and Unscripted Performance of a
Ditte Bendix Lanng & Søren Risdal Borg
Chapter 3:Exploitable Multistability: The View from the Bike Lane
Chapter 4:Sartre’s Keyhole and the Politics of Multistable Space
Chapter 5:Non-places in the Postphenomenological Perspective: The Intersection of Dis-
embodiment, Non-alterity and the Hermeneutics of Exclusion
Chapter 6: Alterity, Digital and Analogue: Technological Mediation in Architectural
Inger Berling Hyams
Chapter 7:Sydney Opera House: The Poiesis of Tectonic Architecture in the Age of Digital Augmentation
Adrian Carter & Lars Botin
Chapter 8: Making into Thing - Anthropo-Eccene Design: On the Design of Emergence
Chapter 9: Thinking Things and Thinging Thoughts: Architecture and Building in
Chapter 10:Building Dwelling and the End of Thinking: On Constructing and Tearing Down
Walls and the Compartmentalization of Life
Chapter 11:Heidegger, Bachelard, Building: An Amateur Architect’s Buildings
About the Contributors