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A la búsqueda del lugar del estar-a-la-mano

Meraz, Fidel


Fidel Meraz
Senior Lecturer in Architecture


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,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 21, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 27, 2020
Publication Date Aug 27, 2020
Deposit Date Aug 20, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 28, 2020
Journal Arteoficio
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 15
Keywords attitude, authorship, design-research
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