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Ethics, Design and Planning of the Built Environment

Series: Urban and Landscape Perspectives

By: Claudia Basta(Editor), Stefano Moroni(Editor)

230 pages, 3 colour illustrations


Hardback | Jan 2013 | #201952 | ISBN-13: 9789400752450
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Ethics, Design and Planning of the Built Environment proposes a set of original contributions in research areas shared by planning theory, architectural research, design and ethical inquiry. 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.


- Values in planning and design: A process perspective on ethics in forming the built environment
- Architects on value: Reducing the good to the beautiful?
- A conversation about who's In? Who's out? And who answers those questions when planning for and designing the downtown?
- The relevance of public space: rethinking its material and symbolic aspects
- Incorporating ethical questions in design thinking
- Aesthetics as a risk factor in architecture
- Cost-benefit analysis and evaluating transport safety effects: A discussion from the perspective on ethics
- Urban in/justice: A literal interpretation
- Value sensitive design
- Design for meaning: a non-instrumental perspective
- Risk, space and distributive justice

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Claudia Basta obtained her PhD in 2009 at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Delft University of Technology. Her project Risk, Territory and Society was financed by the Interfaculty Sustainable Urban Areas Research Programme of Delft University and was co-supervised by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Her main research interests concern the matter of assessing and governing technological risks in relation to sustainable land use planning, particularly regarding the siting of hazardous facilities and emerging energy infrastructures. Between 2006 and 2008 she worked as Researcher at the Dutch Applied Research Institute TNO, Business Unit Innovation & Environment. After her PhD graduation, she worked as Coordinator of the 3TU.Centre of Excellence for Ethics and Technology (Delft), where she also completed a post-doc assignment in the framework of the Ethics of Technological Risk research programme.

Stefano Moroni is the author of Territory and Distributive Justice (Angeli, 1994), Ethics and Territory (Angeli, 1997), Urban Planning and Regulation: The Normative Dimension of Spatial Planning (Angeli, 1999), Spatial Planning: Reasons, Needs, Responsibilities (CittaStudi, 2001) and is also co-author of Urban Planning and Policy Analysis (Angeli, 1996).

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