The signs of ethics and its effects can be felt deeply in various doctrines and subjects but none too much in the modern context as that of architecture. Architecture is a lot of things but a singly trodden path. The course has varying lessons, diverse perspectives, and heterogeneous ideations. But somewhere within the components of this course, we find unified interests and needs, we tread on a road that amalgamates all knowledge and practicality. The use of architecture responsibly is just one such factor. Diving deep into the context of sustainability we find the mention of architecture and how it can transfigure the modern world. When we talk of eliminating global environmental impacts, we certainly look into the possibilities of architecture involved in the mix. Similarly, social, and cultural issues are also directly associated with the world of design and architecture. The world we live in plants new challenges in our way every day of the year and the reaction to all problems is different for all human beings. However, upholding ethics and values while taking on new and innovative challenges is a grueling yet significant task in itself. Sounding beautiful in theory but difficult in application, we sometimes forget to think about accountability in architecture. 

From envisioning slum-free cities to adopting a greener design approach, techniques that affect the social or environmental frame of the world, if evaluated thoroughly would always align with the wish for a better future. Although architecture is a discipline that demands a professional viewpoint, the design judgment of a structure ultimately spirals to a moral standpoint. What do we feel is the stance behind the construction of structures that commemorate martyred soldiers? Why is there a need to establish comfort in newly built homes? Why do people promote sustainable architecture and green buildings? All the questions point directly to our ethics and the outlook people bear for the negative consequences they cause, as a society. The wars fought due to differing values and opinions, or the environmental damage caused in the tryst for advancement, have left their marks on several, and the fact that architecture is a principle that delves into creative yet emotive responses to these is a testament to its power in existence.

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Rational thinking enables ethical values to emerge_ sloanreview.mit.edu/article/ethics-or-compliance-in-a-crisis/

The recent years have shown a spike in architecture that coalesces social development and aesthetic concerns. The introduction of EWS and LIG housing with the designs centered around efficient movement and spatial inclusion, promoting inclusivity while designing urban community areas, and barrier-free elements that make a structure more accessible, these social concerns and their consequent responses contribute to a more aware and convenient built environment. The cultural territory is included in the developments too with a rise in the number of community parks and social spots. It is not just the environment that directly exerts influence on the field of architecture, the social strata and betterment of the living conditions of people are equally important. 

Creative advances in the field have led to a better understanding of how beauty and efficiency coexist. Practices like tactile flooring, ramps, and handrails seem to be of small scale but their offering to ethical standards in architecture is remarkable. When people succeed in generating designs that not only appease humanity but enhance it as well, the initiation of more obligatory and answerable decisions takes place. The vision of an architect corresponds to the values and morals the creation subsequently emanates and as a part of a world where every day poses a new question to mankind, it is quite a significant factor in determining the future.

Another approach to a more answerable form of behavior is the existence of ethics in the relationship between an architect and his/her clients. The judicious nature of communication and supply forms the basis of ethics and its presence in the architect and his practice. Delivering the exact things that the job enlists, completing the job in a sagacious manner, and adhering to the local bye-laws are just some of the characteristics that make up an architect’s profession. 

 

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_Climate resilience efforts gaining momentum over the years_ www.samwoolfe.com/2021/12/reconciling-ethics-and-aesthetics-in-architecture.html

Climate resilience efforts have been for very long considered solutions to the growing issues of environmental tolerance, but it is only possible for people to recuperate from such damages if the core idea of “man with nature” changes. Architecture plays a gigantic role in such a proposition. It is going to be a success only when people understand that nature is as vulnerable as humans, but its reaction mechanism is perilous and thus will adversely affect humanity if the atrocities on nature continue. Similarly, social values and proportions change with society’s newer and more sensible developments. This too goes hand in hand with architectural achievements and trends, inducing interest in protecting the social heritage intermingled with built heritage. An ethical disposition has always been valued and its ever-growing need to be omnipresent in all realms is a confirmation of its reach of reverence. Architecture as a discipline should abide by this presence and assess its growth via principles that would not only sustain life but strengthen the degree of easement in life as well.

CITATIONS:

Smith, M. Brewster. (1956). Cross-cultural education and cultural change. International social science bulletin, VIII, 4, p. 585-597

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