Technicity and Publicness: Steps towards an Urban Space

  • Stephen Read


Heidegger’s space, with its emphasis on the disclosure of entities in settings of mutually referring entities, and the integration of settings and action, requires us to think carefully about issues like the identities and being of people and things and their relations with each other in a realm of plurality. All entities are captured in webs of co-reference, which make their relations between themselves and to ourselves a very public matter. These webs themselves are at the same time the very channels by which we know and access all things, and relations of power become built into them which affect the ways we know things and the possibilities we see for acting. This paper explores and reviews issues of technicity, intersubjectivity, and plurality in relation to Heidegger’s thinking, in order to begin the process of outlining an urban space of the settings ‘between men’ for coherence and action, and to define a direction for further research on urban space and place.

Author Biography

Stephen Read

Stephen Read is associate professor in the chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy in the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology. He completed his PhD in Delft and a fellowship at University College London before starting Spacelab Research Laboratory of the Contemporary City in 2002. He is interested in relationality in urban space and place and in the form of the contemporary city. Besides being busy on a series of papers exploring Heidegger’s space, of which this is the first, he is working on a book provisionally titled Urban Life.

How to Cite
READ, Stephen. Technicity and Publicness: Steps towards an Urban Space. FOOTPRINT, [S.l.], p. 7-22, june 2008. ISSN 1875-1490. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 may 2020. doi: