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    Heidegger's Hut (Hardback) By (author) Adam Sharr, Foreword by Simon Sadler, Prologue by Andrew Benjamin

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    Description"This is the most thorough architectural 'crit' of a hut ever set down, the justification for which is that the hut was the setting in which Martin Heidegger wrote phenomenological texts that became touchstones for late-twentieth-century architectural theory."--from the foreword by Simon SadlerBeginning in the summer of 1922, philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) occupied a small, three-room cabin in the Black Forest Mountains of southern Germany. He called it "die Hutte" ("the hut"). Over the years, Heidegger worked on many of his most famous writings in this cabin, from his early lectures to his last enigmatic texts. He claimed an intellectual and emotional intimacy with the building and its surroundings, and even suggested that the landscape expressed itself through him, almost without agency. In Heidegger's Hut, Adam Sharr explores this intense relationship of thought, place, and person.Heidegger's mountain hut has been an object of fascination for many, including architects interested in his writings about "dwelling" and "place." Sharr's account--the first substantive investigation of the building and Heidegger's life there--reminds us that, in approaching Heidegger's writings, it is important to consider the circumstances in which the philosopher, as he himself said, felt "transported" into the work's "own rhythm." Indeed, Heidegger's apparent abdication of agency and tendency toward romanticism seem especially significant in light of his troubling involvement with the Nazi regime in the early 1930s.Sharr draws on original research, including interviews with Heidegger's relatives, as well as on written accounts of the hut by Heidegger and his visitors. The book's evocative photographs include scenic and architectural views taken by the author and many remarkable images of a septuagenarian Heidegger in the hut taken by the photojournalist Digne Meller-Markovicz.There are many ways to interpret Heidegger's hut--as the site of heroic confrontation between philosopher and existence; as the petit bourgeois escape of a misguided romantic; as a place overshadowed by fascism; or as an entirely unremarkable little building. Heidegger's Hut does not argue for any one reading, but guides readers toward their own possible interpretations of the importance of "die Hutte."


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    Title
    Heidegger's Hut
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Adam Sharr, Foreword by Simon Sadler, Prologue by Andrew Benjamin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 163
    Width: 190 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262195515
    ISBN 10: 0262195518
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HPCF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BISAC V2.8: ARC003000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GERMNY
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 19
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Libri: I-AR
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Abridged Dewey: 193
    DC22: 193
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    BISAC V2.8: PHI001000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: ARC005000
    BIC subject category V2: AMA
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: B3279.H49 S425 2006
    Illustrations note
    53 b&w illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    28 November 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Adam Sharr is Lecturer in Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University and a practicing architect.
    Review quote
    "As Adam Sharr reveals in his remarkable study Heidegger's Hut, the philosopher's timber-shingled cabin (which had no running water and, at least for the first decade, no electricity) can be interpreted as a locus of contemplation, a romantic escape, and a place where, given the politically problematic nature of Heidegger's writings, fascist over-tones cannot but linger" Andrea Walker Bookforum Heidegger's Hut, a slim, provocative volume, answers the question: Why the architectural interest in the drab, three room, 20-foot square Black Forest hut without running water or electricity inhabited by the German philosopher Martin Heidegger throughout his career? Norman Weinstein Architectural Record " Heidegger"s Hut is and is not a book about a hut. It"s about how a place inspired a life"s work, and how that work inspired modern architectural theory and, to a lesser degree, the sustainability movement... Many of the book"s photos are posed, though the light is beautiful. The hut has a confidence, a rightness that is oddly indisputable, making in the end, even the philosopher"s work seem transient and insubstantial." The Los Angeles Times