The Architect’s Point of View: What Robert Venturi’s Architecture Can Teach Us About Heidegger

Arshy Azizi (Vassar College)

ABSTRACT: This essay aims to highlight the influences of Heidegger’s phenomenology on the work of American architect Robert Venturi and postmodern architects in general. It compares the theoretical under-pinnings of the architect’s project to Heidegger’s interpretation of the primacy of the individual subject. It also argues that these architects have imbued the Heideggerian link between existence and dwelling with an ethical imperative that shows how philosophical works can be put into practice to promote a critical and creative understanding of the relation between humanity and the built environment.