Architectural Design and Ethics: Tools for Survival

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Routledge, 2008 - Architecture - 248 pages
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Architectural Design and Ethics offers both professional architects and architecture students a theoretical base and numerous suggestions as to how we might rethink our responsibilities to the natural world and design a more sustainable future for ourselves.

As we find ourselves on the steep slope of several exponential growth curves – in global population, in heat-trapping atmospheric gases, in the gap between the rich and poor, and in the demand for finite resources, Fisher lays down a theory of architecture based on ethics and explores how buildings can and do provide both social and moral dimensions. The book also has practical goals, demonstrating how architects can make better and more beautiful buildings whilst nurturing more responsible, sustainable development.

Architectural Design and Ethics will prove an invaluable text not only to those in the architecture field, but to anyone simply interested in the ethical issues surrounding our built environment.

* Joins the dots between architectural form, ethics and professional practice
* Uses the history of ethics to present relevant lessons for today's practitioners
* A wake up call to architects, advocating a greater focus on ethics over aesthetics

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Thomas Fisher is a Professor and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Educated at Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, he previously served as the Editorial Director of Progressive Architecture magazine in Stamford, Connecticut. He has lectured or juried at many schools and professional societies, and has published two-dozen book chapters and over 250 major articles. He has also published three books over the last five years: In the Scheme of Things, Alternative Thinking on the Practice of Architecture; Salmela Architect; and Lake/Flato Buildings and Landscapes.

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