Right and Responsibility in Design: What Humans Owe the Environment

By Eli Kanon.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This session will ask two questions “Are we obligated to constrain our encroachment upon the environment in order to preserve biotic integrity?” And “When it is deemed necessary, or at least permissible, to develop should our design techniques reflect the current environment it is effecting?” As the facilitator of this discussion my working thesis is that it is only natural for humans to utilize the land, but that we are morally, and pragmatically, bound to preserve the integrity of the land. In order to accomplish such preservation, we must use sustainable building practices and designs that do not drastically change the original environment.

Keywords: Ethics, Environment, Sustainability, Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.79-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 507.727KB).

Dr. Eli Kanon

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religion, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Fl, USA

I am a Philosophy Professor who specializes in Environmental Ethics. My early research focused upon finding the foundation for moral worth and arguing that it ought to be extended beyond human and vertebrates to include ecosystems. My latest research is looking into establishing the grounding for natural human rights.

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