A new book is launched on ethics, design and planning of the built environment. This book, written by Claudia Basta (Land Use Planning, Wageningen University) and Stefano Moroni (Milan Politecnico) proposes a set of original contributions in research areas shared by planning theory, architectural research, design and ethical inquiry.
The book collects contributions of prominent international scholars offering innovative outlooks on one of the currently most debated interdisciplinary themes in planning, i.e. the ethics of the built environment. It bridges these disciplinary domains without privileging any normative perspective, in doing so offering broad yet essential critical instruments to a wide audience. And it establishes new lines of inquiry for, in particular, investigating values as design factors in a domain in which this theme has found less rigorous definition in comparison to others (e.g. IT technology and industrial design).
‘Ethics, Design and Planning of the Built Environment’ offers a set of rigorous theoretical perspectives on urgent topics with regards to planning (risks, aesthetics, duties and rights of users, etcetera) through which both scholars and practitioners can gain valid critical instruments to approach real planning cases. The contributors gathered in 2010 at the Ethics of the Built Environment seminar organized by the editors at Delft University of Technology. Both prominent and emerging scholars presented their researches in the areas of aesthetics, technological risks, planning theory and architecture. The scope of the seminar was highlighting shared lines of ethical inquiry among the themes discussed, in order to identify perspectives of innovative interdisciplinary research. After the seminar all seminar participants have elaborated their proposed contributions. Some of the most prominent international authors in the field were subsequently invited to join in with this inquiry.