The ethics of ethics and the ethics of architecture

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Abstract

In designing architecture we put forward ways in which to live, enabling particularpatterns of living while limiting other possibilities. In this sense architecture has anormative function and can be compared to the way that ethical theories and moralcodes purport to guide us on how to live. Given this, I suggest that ethical reflectionabout how we design—and in particular about how we constitute the relationshipbetween designers and those they design for—can be used to help formulate ethicalquestions regarding how we speak and reason about ethics itself. Recognising Heinz vonFoerster’s criticisms of moral codes as an instance of this, I use the example of designingarchitecture to challenge and extend von Foerster’s position, suggesting the recursiveapplication of ethics to its own discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD5) 2016 Symposium
EditorsPeter Jones
PublisherSystemic Design Research Network
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
EventRelating Systems Thinking and Design 2016 Symposium: Systemic Design for Social Complexity - OCAD, Toronto, Canada
Duration: 13 Oct 201615 Oct 2016
https://systemic-design.net/rsd-symposia/rsd5-2016/

Publication series

NameProceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium
ISSN (Electronic)2371-8404

Conference

ConferenceRelating Systems Thinking and Design 2016 Symposium
Abbreviated titleRSD5
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period13/10/1615/10/16
Internet address

Bibliographical note

© 2016 by the respective authors, unless stated otherwise.

Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Cybernetics
  • Systemic Design

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    Relating Systems Thinking and Design 2016 Symposium (Event)

    Ben Sweeting (Reviewer)

    2016

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    Sweeting, B. (2016). The ethics of ethics and the ethics of architecture. In P. Jones (Ed.), Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD5) 2016 Symposium (pp. 1-6). (Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium). Systemic Design Research Network. http://systemic-design.net/rsd-symposia/rsd5-2016/