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Sustainability and Design Ethics

1st Edition

By Tom Russ

CRC Press

176 pages

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From microcosm to macrocosm, ecodesign, green design, environmental design, and triple bottom line are quickly becoming more than just catchy phrases that describe touchy-feely trends. Increases in climate uncertainty and energy costs as well as food, water, and services insecurity are just a few of the challenges driving the growing demand for sustainable design outcomes. Sustainability and Design Ethics provides a systematic value analysis that makes a reasoned argument the rethinking of current design methods and the values and ethics which guide them.

Providing context and language, this book delineates the ideas and principles that lie at the foundation of a variety of codes of ethics, and then critically analyzes existing published codes and the practices that stem from them. It takes a practical approach, discussing applied ethics, and relies upon an understanding of the moral reasoning that supports the ideas and professionalism and an ethical standard of care. Drawing on the author's experience as a design professional and his study of business ethics, this book supplies a detailed exposition of the underlying ethical reasoning involved in the challenges confronted by contemporary design professionals. This information can then be distilled into sustainable practices and the corresponding ethics.

Sustainability requires design professionals to expand the considerations of design beyond the traditional ethical points of view and to provide a balanced analysis of how a sustainable standard of care might be composed. While other books might cover the environment and design, professional ethics are addressed as an afterthought at most, if at all. And no other book available explores sustainability from a designer’s perspective. Examining present and future issues facing practitioners, the book provides a context for the values and ethics necessary for sustainable development design.

Table of Contents

Why Does Prometheus Suffer?

Sustainability and Design

Why Sustainability Is Needed

Notes

Professional Ethics

What Is a Profession?

Evaluating Codes of Ethics

Sustainability and the Ethical Challenges for Designers

Endnotes

Bibliography

Is There an Ethical Obligation to Act Sustainably? Theories of Ethics

What Obligations Do We Have to Other Living Things?

Utilitarian Views of Nature

Speciesism

Who Owns the Environment?

Role of Professional Standards

Endnotes

The Design Professional and Organizations

Balancing Obligation and Opportunity

The Descent of Corporate Obligation

Justification for a Whistle-Blower

Endnotes

The Choice for Sustainability

The Design Professional as Leader

Sustainability and Obligation

Sustainability and Design Ethics

Endnotes

The Precautionary Principle and Design

Moral Underpinnings of the Precautionary Principle

Precautionary Principle and Design

What Do We Owe the Future?

Duty to Prevent Harm

Precaution and Design

Endnotes

Flourishing

What Ought We to Do?

Designer as Teacher

Design Values

Designer as Student

Endnotes

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NAT011000
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TEC009000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TEC009020
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / General
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General