Based on Graham Harman's original interpretation of Heidegger's concepts of ready-to-hand (Zuhandenheit) and present-at-hand (Vorhandenheit) (Harman, 2002), this essay looks for the consequences of such an analysis applicable to an existentially revealing attitude of a designing-research. Discerning more clearly both possibilities, I seek to make them tangible in the profession of architecture where the scientific – theorising – attitude conceals the benefits of the more thoughtless one with which beings – human and non-human – find their place.
First, I briefly interpret the two Heideggerian concepts with Harman's approach. Second, I relate them to the attitude I call designing-research. Third, I acknowledge – with this attitude – the influence of the things of the world on design. In conclusion, I suggest the abandonment of authorship as an issue that the architect should worry about. Instead, I imagine the attitude of designing-research as the poetic making of our continuous nesting in the world.
Meraz, F. (2020). A la búsqueda del lugar del estar-a-la-mano. Arteoficio,