An enlightened discussion of all relevant aspects of architecture shows the necessity for revision of commonly held assumptions about the nature of architectural history, theory, representation, and ideation; the production of buildings in the postindustrial city; and professional ethics. These topics provide the basis for the fourteen interdisciplinary papers presented here. The introductory section includes an examination of the epistemological origins of technology in the early modern European context and two alternative visions of ethics and its potential relevance for architecture. The second part presents four perspectives on important questions about how we represent buildings and the ethical values involved in that representation. "Ethics and Poetics in the Context of Technological Production" considers the role of philosophical ethics (i.e., a rational structure of categories in architectural practice) and the possibility, and desirability, of incorporating ethical reflections into the generation of architectural form.
"The Architectural Uses of History and Narrative in a Technocratic World" explores alternatives for articulating an ethical attitude in forms of discourse other than philosophy and science. These papers were originally presented at the bilingual symposium "Architecture, Ethics, and Technology" held at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal in 1991.
Introduction: Alberto Perez-Gomez; architecture and the question of technology, Dalibor Vesely; que peut etre ou faire l'ethique en architecture?, Lukas K. Sosoe; ethics and architects - spaces, voids, and travelling-in-hope, Margaret A. Somerville. Part 1 Ethics and architectural representation in the age of simulation: master plan for the old port of Montreal, Peter Rose; pour que la vie ait lieu (fragments), Philippe Madec; architecture virtuelle et infographie - quelques questions posees a l'architecture, Jean-Pierre Hardenne; representation in the age of simulation, Dan Hoffman. Part 2 Ethics and poetics in the context of technological production: ethique et tact, Jacques Rousseau; l'architecture consideree sous l'angle du processus - les enjeux ethiques, Robert Prost; architecture et techno-ethique - contribution a une ethique de l'architecture, Alain Findeli. Part 3 The architectural uses of history and narrative in a technocratic world: the ethics of narrative at Trent, Richard Henriquez and Gregory Henriquez; "the problem with the architect as writer" - time and narrative in the work of Aldo Rossi and John Hejduk, Lily Chi; la ville telle quelle - un theme de representation architecturale, Irena Latek.
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