Edifying Theory: Constructing an Ethos for Labor in Contemporary Architectural Design

By Franca Trubiano.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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Published online: January 29, 2016 $US5.00

Architects have always considered the implication of their designs on clients, users, and building occupants. Architectural theory is well represented by ideas of convenience, use, function, and distribution; terms indicative of the architect’s attentiveness to the planning of space for its commodious use by others. Rarely considered, however, is the impact which design decisions have on those who are tasked with building the architect’s dream, be they the multitude of craftspeople, technicians, master builders, day laborers, installers, suppliers, and fabricators responsible for the construction of buildings. These are the constituencies of particular interest to this paper. After all, nothing is built without the labor of others.

Keywords: Ethics, Design, Construction, Labor, Architectural Theory

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 29, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 771.461KB)).

Dr. Franca Trubiano

Assistant Professor, Architecture Department, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA