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Intention and Responsibility


Ethical Consistency in Contemporary Architecture

Among volumes of theories that are becoming more and more vague, contemporary architecture is convulsively hunting for legitimization. Thus, ethics (among design ideas reduced to expressions of mere preferences and planning actions with uncertain, yet concrete, consequences) has unexpectedly become architecture’s authentic constitutive and epistemological dimension.
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Certainly, this has not happened in deontological terms or in terms permeated with the excessive exhibition of good feelings that often limit this question. Rather, a responsible personal engagement and consistent actions—according to the bold challenge in this book—are the keystones to expose the reigning ethics of intention and to solve the apparent dispute between theory and practice. This book follows a path that, going back to the philosophical-architectonic dialogue between Ernesto Nathan Rogers and Enzo Paci, uses everyday experience and looks for a design theory that is finally honestly responsible.

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Intention and Responsibility: Ethical Consistency in Contemporary Architecture


The question is simple, just like all questions connected with the logics based on real facts and not on the abstractions of the human mind. Where and how does a farmer, a blacksmith, a teacher, a publisher, a physician, or an architect explain “the facts that we know” (thus, our “knowledge” and “science”)? However, while on one hand Intention and Responsibility leads directly toward a challenging and open epistemological proposal, on the other hand, it represents an exemplar and clear demonstration of the unlimited and new dimensions and perspectives of a great philosophical intuition—probably the one with the most complete sense in the history of thought—that is, phenomenology. Without any doubt, we can also maintain that when only resorting to phenomenology, we can reach a specific and important epistemological target.

“This book Intention and Responsibility deals specifically with daily actions” writes Carlo Deregibus in his conclusion. This statement suspends the judgement on a work that is rich with solicitations, as well as theoretical, ethical, linguistic, sociological and strictly technical questions in relations to architecture. The reduction of such questions to the fundamental and decisive role of our daily actions represents the choice of a field, the direction of a methodology, and a life perspective. Beyond the philosophical terminology by Husserl (and also especially by Heidegger), beyond the broad and articulate philosophical debate that, even beyond Europe, such terminology raised, and beyond complex and difficult interpretations, phenomenology—“a daily ascesis”—shows one of the most convincing and concrete perspectives for defining the awaited resizing of individual and social behavior toward the rediscovery of our belonging to the cosmos and our planet first of all, then, to the human society, the sociability of residential areas, our homes, our families, and, above all, ourselves (from Editor preface to the book).

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    While theories fade, architectural practices are more and more driven by personal poetics: architects need some kind of legitimization, and are ready to change everything in a motivation. However, while design choices have become an expression of pure preference, design actions continue to produce consequences to deal with, more unexpectedly than ever.
    Thus, quite unexpectedly, ethics has become the authentic, constitutive and epistemological nature of architecture.
    Usually ethics is merely reduced to the rules of professional deontology, or to an expression of careless do-goodery: but only through a responsible involvement and a consistent acting it is possible – as stated in this brave challenge – to reveal the widespread ethics of intentions, thus shrinking from controversy between theory and practice.
    Using as a starting point the phenomenological tradition and the philosophical-architectonic dialogue between Ernesto Nathan Rogers and Enzo Paci, and through a continuous confrontation with actual practice, this journey will eventually take you to an authentic, responsible theory of design.

    [s-architecture] New Book: “Intention and Responsibility: Ethical Consistency in Contemporary Architecture” by Carlo Deregibus

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