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Architecture, ethics and sustainability - an exploration

Mellersh-Lucas, S. J., de Jong, Ursula and Fuller, Robert 2006, Architecture, ethics and sustainability - an exploration, in ANZAScA 2006 : Challenges for architectural science in changing climates: proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, University of Adelaide and Architectural Science Association, Adelaide, S. Aust., pp. 350-357.

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Title Architecture, ethics and sustainability - an exploration
Author(s) Mellersh-Lucas, S. J.
de Jong, Ursula
Fuller, Robert
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association. Conference (40th : 2006 : Adelaide, S. Aust.)
Conference location Adelaide, S. Aust.
Conference dates 22-24 November 2006
Title of proceedings ANZAScA 2006 : Challenges for architectural science in changing climates: proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association
Editor(s) Shannon, Susan
Soebarto, Veronica
Williamson, Terry
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association Conference
Start page 350
End page 357
Publisher University of Adelaide and Architectural Science Association
Place of publication Adelaide, S. Aust.
Keyword(s) sustainability
ethics
architecture
Summary Globally we are grappling with the concept of sustainability. What does it mean and how should we respond to ensure that the planet and its ecosystems survive? While the problem of living in a sustainable way must be addressed by all sectors of society, architects are arguably in the 'front line' because of the impact of buildings in terms of resource use and waste generation. Most definitions of sustainability are unhelpful because of their wordiness, lack of detail or ambiguity. Others distort the concept of sustainability to allow business-as-usual (i.e. unsustainable) activity to continue. Using one particular model of sustainability, this paper explores the apparent contradictions between architectural practice in the residential sector, 'sustainable' housing and the desire to behave ethically. The paper begins with definitions of sustainability and ethics, together with some guiding principles. The literature examining the ethics of sustainable architecture is then reviewed. Two indicators are suggested to make a broad-brush assessment of sustainability. Current practice in Australian residential architectural design, both mainstream and 'green', is then critiqued against these indicators. Finally, some practical options for a practising architect faced with a client, who wants an 'unsustainable' house, are briefly explored.
ISBN 0958696128
9780958696128
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006000

Document type: Conference Paper
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