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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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD5) 2016 Symposium|
|Publisher||Systemic Design Research Network|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|
|Event||Relating Systems Thinking and Design 2016 Symposium: Systemic Design for Social Complexity - OCAD, Toronto, Canada|
Duration: 13 Oct 2016 → 15 Oct 2016
|Name||Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium|
|Conference||Relating Systems Thinking and Design 2016 Symposium|
|Period||13/10/16 → 15/10/16|
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