The ethics of designing buildings for autocrats

ROBIN POGREBIN of the New York Times has an article on the “decades-old debate among architects over the ethics of working in countries with repressive leaders or shaky records on human rights.”

I’m the Designer. My Client’s the Autocrat. June 22, 2008

A few Yale architects are mentioned in the article:

“Robert A. M. Stern, who is also Yale’s architecture dean, drew some criticism last year when he accepted an assignment to design a planned George W. Bush Library in Dallas.

“Mr. Stern shrugged off the sniping. ‘I’m an architect,’ he said. ‘I’m not a politician.’”

“….Architects readily point out that dictators — or powerful central governments like China’s — can be among the most efficient in getting architecture built, as the boom in China attests. ‘The more centralized the power, the less compromises need to be made in architecture,’ said the architect Peter Eisenman. ‘The directions are clearer.’”

Posted by: Tanya

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