Message - Re: The Ethics of Architecture

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Posted by  Richard Haut on November 26, 2002 at 03:40:42:

In Reply to:  The Ethics of Architecture posted by Richard Ellmyer on November 25, 2002 at 01:52:57:

many cities are trying to undo the damage done by the ghettoising of poorer people.

some twenty years ago there was an organisation of British Members of Parliament called "new life for old cities" that tried to address exactly this problem - the mixing of social levels and types of housing tenure.

in America or Britain now you are more likely to find an increase in the type of projects that you describe. Money is the only standard. Poor people must be kept away, not near the ones who have the money.

I admire you for trying, but I doubt that many people will even understand what it is that you consider unethical. Of course you are right - and if more people thought and spoke out the way that you do, society would be a better place for all - and architecture would return to being a respected profession.

it requires what the stockmarket guru Warren Buffet describes as a return to "common sense".

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