Foundations of Science

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 195–200 | Cite as

Technology as In-Between

  • Stephen ReadEmail author


This commentary on Søren Riis’s paper “Dwelling in-between walls” starts from a position of solidarity with its attempt to build a postphenomenological perspective on architecture and the built environment. It proposes however that a clearer view of a technological structure of experience may be obtained by finding technological-perceptual wholes that incorporate perceiver and perceived as well as the mediating apparatus. Parts and wholes may be formed as nested human-technological interiorities that have structured relations with what is outside—so that the outside constitutes an interiority in its turn which contextualises and situates the first. This nested structure raises questions about the way architects and urbanists see the built environment and understand inhabitation. It is hoped that this effort continues with conceptual and empirical work to research ways to make the human places of our built environment.


Architecture Postphenomenology Perception Embodiment  Relationality Space 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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