Architecture, Ethics and Technology by Louise Pelletier

By Louise Pelletier

The essays during this assortment specialise in the most important moral issues mostly absent from the perform of structure over the last centuries. The participants are conscious of a challenge in our culture's recommendations of structure and desire to make sure a better destiny relevance for the self-discipline. An enlightened dialogue of all suitable elements of structure exhibits the need for revision of regularly held assumptions concerning the nature of architectural background, conception, illustration, and ideation; the creation of structures within the post-industrial urban; ethics. those subject matters give you the foundation for the 14 interdisciplinary papers provided the following. The introductory part contains an exam of the epistemological origins of know-how within the early sleek eu context and substitute visions of ethics and its strength relevance for structure. the second one half provides 4 views on very important questions about how we signify structures and the moral values desirous about that illustration. The ebook considers the position of philosophical ethics (ie. a rational constitution of different types in architectural perform) and the chance, and desirability, of incorporating moral reflections into the new release of architectural shape. It explores choices for articulating a moral perspective in sorts of discourse except philosophy and technology.

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The result, most likely unintentional, was a method for the construction of productive knowledge, based on the unlimited possibilities of experimental dialogue. "'41 In terms of our own interpretation, however, the idea also represents a new type of knowledge - a primary force of production and the origin of modern technology. The unlimited possibilities of invention opened through experimental dialogue have their source in the infinity of will, which for Descartes is a single analogy of the human and the divine.

Control of that nature requires not only a special kind of knowledge but also a particular kind of will. 3 This leads to a deeper insight into the hegemony of technical reason and into the nature of the vicious circle of our "understanding" of technology. The difficulty in breaking that hegemony — and in understanding that technology as the fulfilment of the will to power is not unconditional — is well summarized by Heidegger: Because the will to will absolutely denies every goal and only admits goals as means to outwit itself wilfully and to make room for its game, the will to will may not appear as the anarchy of catastrophes that it really is.

In thé current scientific 30 / ARCHITECTURE, ETHICS, AND TECHNOLOGY parlance, this is often considered to be non-scientific — a verdict that seals the issue and encloses it hermetically in a vicious circle of understanding/ non-understanding. A typical example is found in the recent attempts to study the problems of the natural environment by extending the existing technological knowledge into wider fields without changing the primary criteria, conditions, and goals of research. The illusory nature of such studies and their inevitable limits have been very clearly summarized in the following analogy: "With its seemingly unlimited growth of material power, mankind finds itself in the situation of a skipper who has this boat built of such a heavy concentration of iron and steel, that the boat's compass points constantly at herself and not north.

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