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1st Edition

The Architecture of Ethics

ISBN 9781138479449
Published November 6, 2018 by Routledge
242 Pages 100 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 

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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.