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Ethics and architecture: Where do you draw the line?

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This is an extremely interesting and important debate. Whether or not to work in certain countries or for particular clients is an individual choice but, despite some comments above to the contrary, architects (particularly very prominent ones) do have the ability to influence things if they choose to do so. The construction safety issue is a good example, as architects can insist as a condition of their appointment that safety measures should be to a standard they are prepared to accept in the same way that major contractors insist on welfare facilities etc. By way of comparison, the figure of 1200 construction deaths in Qatar should be compared to 37 last year in UK, the lowest for some time despite a rising market. Architects have had a major role in this achievement, although it took legislation to bring this about. The ethical question is either to ask how architects, engineers and others can influence clients in those parts of the world with a poor record or, alternatively, to ask if they should work in these areas at all?

Posted date

1 October, 2015

Posted time

12:42 pm

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