Architecture, Ethics, and the Personhood of Place

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Gregory Caicco
UPNE, 2007 - Architecture - 243 pages
Architecture and environmental design are among the last professional fields to develop a sustained and nuanced discussion concerning ethics. Hemmed in by politics and powerful clients on one side and the often unscrupulous practices of the construction industry on the other, environmental designers have been traditionally reluctant to address ethical issues head on. And yet the rapid urbanization of the world's population continues to swell into new megacities, each less healthy, welcoming, secure, or environmentally sustainable than the next.

Green, carbon-reduced, and sustainable building practices are important ways architects have recently responded to the symptoms of the crisis, but are these efforts really addressing the core issues? Taking the Dine (Navajo) "Hogan Song"--a song used to protect and nourish the personhood of newly constructed dwellings--as their inspiration, the architects, philosophers, poets, and other contemporary scholars contributing to this volume demonstrate that a deeper, more radical change in our relationship to the built world needs to occur.

While offering a careful critique of modernist, corporate, or techno-enthralled design practices, these essays investigate an alternative "relational ecology" whose wisdom draws from ancient and often-marginalized voices, if not the whisperings of the earth itself.

Contributors include: Richard Kearney, Alberto Perez-Gomez, Juhani Pallasmaa, Karsten Harries, Edward Casey, Susan Stewart, David Abram, Stacy Alaimo, Jace and Laura Weaver, Philip Sheldrake, and Sebnem Yucel Young.


David Abram
Cities of Contemplation
Philip F Sheldrake
Edward S Casey
Richard Kearney
Susan Stewart
Alberto PérezGómez
Karsten Harries
Stacy Alaimo
Some Thoughts on the Sentience of Matter
Sebnem YucelYoung

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About the author (2007)

GREGORY CAICCO held the Lincoln Chair of Ethics in Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University from 2001 to 2004.

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