Heidegger: A Critique on the Reductive in Architecture

Heidegger: A Critique on the Reductive in Architecture

Jordan Parker Williams

Society, Nature and Technology

Professor Moore

Position Paper 1

(What is so modern about modern technology?)

28 September 2006

A trend in architectural design practice has been mounting since the idea of specialization and industrialization have dominated our society, this trend is reductionism in architecture. Where we don’t worry about the architect’s “caprice of self-centered individualism but [the perceived ‘rationality’] of impersonal regimentation (Mumford). Reductive efficiencies and stark separations often define our ways of life, even if we don’t recognize it as such, because we are deep in the trenches of liberal capitalistic rationality–which relies on logics of efficiencies, not in the physical and mental well-being of humans and the refined sensiblity of sustainability.

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