Urban or Moral Decay?: the case of 20th century Detroit, by Carolyn Fahey

If architects are indeed servants to society, and their buildings the products of their services, how are we to understand the building’s role in society’s morality? Stanley Cavell’s account of morality describes that morality demands acceptance and mutual understanding. In The Claim of Reason, Cavell writes, “what is required in confronting another person is not […]

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Autonomous Architecture of Each Given Situation, by Petra Ceferin

The question of the autonomy of architecture and its significance for the ethical dimension of architecture is an important one; and should be asked together with another equally important question: What is architecture; and according to what kind of structural logic does it work? Today, architectural practice that isolates itself from the broader historical, social […]

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A difficult kind of freedom: a critique of explorative reason in architectural design, by Jacob Voorthuis

This paper will present a critique of exploratory reason as used in the architectural design process. It will do this by elaborating upon a very specific definition of freedom, launched by Spinoza and subsequently refined by evolutionary theory and the science of complexity: Freedom as a precondition for coping with uncertainty. The paper will take […]

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Liminal Space: The Unintentional Effect of Undemocratic Urbanisation, by Orlaith Ryan

Can privatised space have a beneficial impact on sustainability? There is evidence that undemocratic private developments have unsustainable effects , but is there a positive consequence that has been overlooked in the name of social sustainability? David Harvey states that ‘global urbanisation has become a way to deal with capital surplus’, but this paper asks, […]

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Opening Doors: Autonomy and the Bedrock of Ethics as a Way of Life, by Leonidas Koutsoumpos

This paper discusses the concept of autonomy in relation to the ethical discourse in architecture. The argument presented here is that, so far, autonomy has been associated with the wider ethical discourse only through external moral rules or laws. Arguments are presented for connecting autonomy with an internal notion of ethics that is based on practical reason. An incident […]

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The Image in Power – Vilém Flusser and the Ethics of Architecture, by Felipe Loureiro

Philosopher Vilém Flusser has summarized the history of Western Culture in the following itinerary: First, we left a “four-dimensional Lebenswelt”, creating three-dimensional objects and thus stepping into culture; Then, we “stepped back into the imagination, to make images of objects”; Afterwards, “we stepped back from imagination into contextual texts”; Moreover, finally, “we stepped back from description and culture and conception into calculation. […]

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