Foundations of Value in Architecture: reductive or not?, by Stefan Koller

The talk queries the proper formation of an architecture ethics. I start out by asking what should motivate such an ethics, and relate (this to) my own experiences when working on the renovation of House 21 of the Isar Amper campus outside Munich, a psychiatric “forensic” clinic. Extrapolating from those experiences, I go towards broader questions which situate the demands towards architecture ethics in relation to the interplay between the proper competences of the architect and the obligations we can legitimately place on him. I then proceed towards an equal need for attending to foundational matters in an architecture ethics, and discuss the proper place for appropriately architectural norms that go beyond aesthetical ones. I discuss a particular strategy to locate such norms by reference to reduction relations, and show some challenges in adapting the philosophical literature to architectural needs.

Stefan Koller, Delft University of Technology, NL

Harvard Citation Guide: Koller, S. (2012) Architects on Value: reducing ethics to aesthetics?, International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, [blog] 06 May 2012, Available at: [Accessed: 01 June 2012].

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