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Architectural design and ethics : tools for survival

Author: Thomas Fisher
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Boston ; London : Elsevier/Architectural Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Architectural Design and Ethics offers both professional architects and architecture students a theoretical base and numerous suggestions as to how we might rethink our responsibilities to the natural world and design a more sustainable future for ourselves." "As we find ourselves on the steep slope of several exponential growth curves - in global population, in heat-trapping atmospheric gases, in the gap between  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Fisher
ISBN: 9780750669856 0750669853
OCLC Number: 184827738
Description: xiii, 248 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Our collapsing global bridge. Places: Earth ; Air ; Water ; Fire. Principles: Instead of superfluous form, make everything count ; Instead of quantity, focus on qualities --
How nature suffers in the naturalistic fallacy. Places: Home ; Housing ; University ; School. Principles: Instead of throwing away, reuse or recycle ; Instead of ignoring sources, attend to the source of everything --
Why having less is more. Places: Cemetery ; Mounds ; Temple ; Cathedral. Principles: Instead of consuming things, treat everything as sacred ; Instead of wanting more, seek doing with less --
When virtues are no vice. Places: Hospital ; Healing garden ; Golf course ; Playground. Prindiples: Instead of expensiveness, focus on affordability ; Instead of excluding others, provide everyone a place --
Drafting a new social contract. Places: City ; Suburb ; Town ; COuntry. Principles: Instead of cutting us off from nature, connect us to it ; Instead of reducing the ecological diversity of a site, improve it --
The needs of duty. Places: Corporations ; Office ; Store ; Factory. Principles: Instead of creating objects to possess, build community ; Instead of specialized things that can only have one use, make them multi-functional --
The consequences of ignoring consequences. Places: Laboratory ; Museum ; Loft ; Fort. Principles: Instead of radical experiments, see everything in evolutionary terms ; Instead of focusing on abstractions, attend to what is real.
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