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The Architecture of Ethics

1st Edition

By Thomas Fisher


216 pages | 100 B/W Illus.

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Ethics is one of the most important and least understood aspects of design practice. In his latest book, Thomas Fisher shows how ethics are inherent to the making of architecture – and how architecture offers an unusual and useful way of looking at ethics.

The Architecture of Ethics helps students in architecture and other design disciplines to understand the major approaches to ethics and to apply them to the daily challenges they face in their work. The book covers each of the four dominant approaches to ethics: virtue ethics, social contract ethics, duty ethics, and utilitarian ethics. Each chapter examines the dilemmas designers face from the perspective of one of these categories. Written in an accessible, jargon-free style, the text also features 100 illustrations to help integrate these concepts into the design process and to support visual understanding.

Ethics is now a required part of accredited architecture programs, making this book essential reading for all students in architecture and design.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Breaking Rules 2.Built Environments 3. Capitalism 4. Careers 5. Codes 6.Collegiality 7. Communication 8. Competition 9. Conflicts of Commitment 10. Creativity 11. Data 12. Deception 13. Disasters 14. Diversity 15. Education 16. Ghettos 17. Gifts 18. Goodness 19. Happiness 20. Helping Others 21. Housing 22. Inequality 23. Infrastructure 24. Insider Information 25. Interviews 26. Licensure 27. Money Laundering 28. Moral Foundations 29. Moral Hazard 30. Nomadism 31. Politics 32. Power 33. Practice 34. Preservation 35. Privacy 36. Productivity 37. Property 38. Psychology 39. Public Interest Design 40. Quid Pro Quos 41. Resource Use 42. Sexism 43. Space 44. Student Work 45. Style 46. Surveillance 47. Terrorism 48. Trespassing 49. Value 50. Work Epilogue References Index

About the Author

Thomas Fisher is a Professor in the School of Architecture, Director of the Minnesota Design Center, and former Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He was previously the Editorial Director of Progressive Architecture magazine and has written nine books, over 50 book chapters or introductions and over 400 articles in professional journals and major publications. This is the third book he has written about architecture and ethics.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
DESIGN / General