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Ethics and Architecture?

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CHATROOM - over to you. . .

Britain as a country takes environmental and humanitarian concerns seriously - or does it? Is Britain a country of sufficient ethical standing to tell others how to behave? Judge for yourselves: A procurement notice (a statutory document) has been issued for firms to 'partner' in the design and management of a facility in the UK, producing highly purified biopharmaceutical products, vaccines and biologically active compounds.

Nowhere does the notice mention that this facility at Porton Down seems to have been conducting the longest experiments using poisons and gases on humans in the world (from 1916 to today); that it has been under investigation by the police for two years; that it has been shown that people who were told that they were assisting in finding a cure for the common cold were actually subjected to gas experimentation; and that the facility may face up to 20,000 claims for compensation. (The Guardian, February, 2001).

Does anyone see this as a problem - or is going into a 'partnering' arrangement with Porton Down something that would look good in the brochure?

Richard Haut

Does China hosting the 2008 Olympics pose any moral or ethical dilemma for architects or should we all try to get our noses in the trough?

Alan Dunlop

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