Architecture, Ethics, and Technology

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Mar 10, 1994 - Architecture - 243 pages
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An enlightened discussion of all relevant aspects of architecture shows the necessity for revision of commonly held assumptions about the nature of architectural history, theory, representation, and ideation; the production of buildings in the postindustrial city; and professional ethics. These topics provide the basis for the fourteen interdisciplinary papers presented here. The introductory section includes an examination of the epistemological origins of technology in the early modern European context and two alternative visions of ethics and its potential relevance for architecture. The second part presents four perspectives on important questions about how we represent buildings and the ethical values involved in that representation. "Ethics and Poetics in the Context of Technological Production" considers the role of philosophical ethics (i.e., a rational structure of categories in architectural practice) and the possibility, and desirability, of incorporating ethical reflections into the generation of architectural form. "The Architectural Uses of History and Narrative in a Technocratic World" explores alternatives for articulating an ethical attitude in forms of discourse other than philosophy and science. These papers were originally presented at the bilingual symposium "Architecture, Ethics, and Technology" held at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal in 1991.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
15
ARCHITECTURE AND THE QUESTION OF TECHNOLOGY
28
QUE PEUT ÊTRE OU FAIRE LÉTHIQUE EN ARCHITECTURE?
50
ETHICS AND ARCHITECTS SPACES VOIDS AND TRAVELLINGINHOPE
61
ETHICS AND ARCHITECTURAL REPRESENTATION IN THE AGE OF SIMULATION ÉTHIQUET ET REPRÉSENTATION ARCHITECTURAL ...
81
MASTER PLAN FOR THE OLD PORT OF MONTREAL
83
POUR QUE LA VIE AIT LIEU FRAGMENTS
98
ARCHITECTURE VIRTUELLE ET INFOGRAPHIE QUELQUES QUESTIONS POSÉES À LARCHITECTURE
110
ÉTHIQUE ET POÉTIQUE DANS LE CONTEXTE DE LA PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIQUE ETHICS AND POETICS IN THE CONTEXT OF TE...
135
ÉTHIQUE ET TACT
137
LARCHITECTURE CONSIDÉRÉE SOUS LANGLE DU PROCESSUS LES ENJEUX ÉTHIQUES
151
ARCHITECTURE ET TECHNOÉTHIQUE CONTRIBUTION A UNE ÉTHIQUE DE LARCHITECTURE
163
THE ARCHITECTURAL USES OF HISTORY AND NARRATIVE IN A TECHNOCRATIC WORLD LA FONCTION DE LHISTOIRE ET DU RÉCI...
187
THE ETHICS OF NARRATIVE AT TRENT UNIVERSITY
189
THE PROBLEM WITH THE ARCHITECT AS WRITER TIME AND NARRATIVE IN THE WORK OF ALDO ROSSI AND JOHN HEJDUK
199
LA VILLE TELLE QUELLE UN THÈME DE REPRÉSENTATION ARCHITECTURALE
222

REPRESENTATION IN THE AGE OF SIMULATION
123

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Alberto Perez-Gomez is Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture at McGill University. He is the author of "Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science" (MIT Press, 1983) and (with Louise Pelletier) "Architecural Representation and the Perspective Hinge" (MIT Press, 1997).

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