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In a dark wood: dwelling as spatial practice

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 August 2008

Andrew Ballantyne
School of Architecture, Planning and LandscapeClaremont TowerUniversity of NewcastleNewcastle upon Tyne NE17RUUnited Kingdom


In architecture the link between life and art can be so strong that one can see them as fused, as Heidegger did. We encounter buildings in connection with the life that inhabits them, but the relationship between building and life is not that of cause and effect. The building is a tool, for which a variety of uses might be found. Gilles Deleuze saw ideas as tools, and valued ‘nomadism’ – moving between sets of ideas. He deployed a rhetoric of mobility and invention that encourages the free play of ideas, while effectively resisting the lure of Heideggerís ‘blood and soil’ nostalgia.

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