Die ethische Funktion von The Ethical Function of Architecture

  • “This is not at all a book in what might be called ‘architectural ethics’”. In the very beginning of his. The ethical function of architecture Karsten Harries states very clearly that he does not want his book to be understood as a contribution to the ethics of architecture. Given the title of the book, this is astonishing and a couple of questions arises: what is an architectural ethics actually? Why are there so little contributions to it? Is an architectural ethics needed at all? And if so, what features should it have? Indeed, what Harries does in his book is not at all ‘classical’ ethics, understood as developing and arguing for normative statements regarding the professional behaviour of architects. Instead, he shows that the highest goal of architecture — its ethical function—is to enable the dwelling of human beings. Thereby, since architecture is about improving a given situation, Harries mentions also the point of reverence for the acting of every architect. And in doing so, he lays the“This is not at all a book in what might be called ‘architectural ethics’”. In the very beginning of his. The ethical function of architecture Karsten Harries states very clearly that he does not want his book to be understood as a contribution to the ethics of architecture. Given the title of the book, this is astonishing and a couple of questions arises: what is an architectural ethics actually? Why are there so little contributions to it? Is an architectural ethics needed at all? And if so, what features should it have? Indeed, what Harries does in his book is not at all ‘classical’ ethics, understood as developing and arguing for normative statements regarding the professional behaviour of architects. Instead, he shows that the highest goal of architecture — its ethical function—is to enable the dwelling of human beings. Thereby, since architecture is about improving a given situation, Harries mentions also the point of reverence for the acting of every architect. And in doing so, he lays the eudaimonistic foundations for building a normative architectural ethics in a classical sense. But given that one could do ethics on a normative and an eudaimonistic level, Harries’ book has to be understood as a contribution to what might be called “architectural ethics”.show moreshow less

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Institutes:Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften / Lehrstuhl für Philosophie II
Author:Martin Düchs
Title of the journal / compilation (German):Wolkenkuckucksheim : internationale Zeitschrift für Theorie und Wissenschaft der Architektur = Cloud-Cuckoo-Land = Vozdušnyj zamok
Publishing Institution:momus Stiftung in ccoperation with TU Berlin and Penn State College of Art and Architecture
Place of publication:Berlin
Publisher:Technische Universität
Year of publication:2017
Issue:22 (2017), 35
Pages / Size:Seite 187–201
Keywords:Ethics of the Architect, Ethics, Morality, Building Culture
URL:http://cloud-cuckoo.net/fileadmin/issues_en/issue_36/article_duechs.pdf
ISSN:1430-3863
Document Type:Article in a journal
Language:German
Peer Review:Nein
Internationale Verbreitung:Ja
Open-Access-Zeitschrift:Ja
Release Date:2017/06/06
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht