The kind of home or building you wish to live in is affected by the principles upon which the design has been based. Ethical considerations in design are becoming more apparent as we live in an increasingly sophisticated world. Human rights’ issues as they relate to gender, race, sexual orientation, and the environment are impacting upon all walks of life, in business and the professions. Architecture has, for some, always been a socially aware profession, where cultural concerns have sat side by side with those more prosaic issues. Who lives in the big house on the street has always been a socially apparent reality.
The Ethos of Socially Aware Architecture
Having an environmentally aware and cruelty free ethos is a tangible factor in whether a client chooses one architect over another in the twenty first century. Where and how products and materials are made concern the ethical consumer and investor. Slave labour like conditions in sweat shops in parts of Asia are holistically linked to your house or building if you select those materials to be included in your home or business. Rain forest timbers in south-east Asia are rapidly running out and endangering the indigenous animals who inhabit those forests. There are numerous examples of issues like this that can impact upon architectural designs globally.
Ethical Consumer & Investor
Innovative design in the Sydney furniture scene, means that you do not have to succumb to ethically questionable materials for your home or business. There are designers and manufacturers who care about the planet and keeping our ecology healthy and in balance. Taking it a step further when evaluating ethical considerations in design, are the companies who manufacture the building materials you are going to use supporting or hindering global warming awareness and action? As an ethical consumer and investor, you have the opportunity to make every dollar that you spend send the right message down the global chain.
Consumer Behavior Can Influence Corporate Accountability
The policies of transnational corporations can be influenced by your consumer behaviour. Governments in developing nations are, often sorely tested in their abilities to control the behaviours of their foreign investors. Even, in the west, more and more power is shifting from the state to private enterprise interests. These companies listen to their profit and loss statements; and if their lack of corporate accountability is adversely affecting their profitability they will listen and act accordingly.