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APJP and the Ethics of Israeli Architecture

Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00
By Abe Hayeem, APJP - Thanks for inviting me. It seems a natural linkup between our group APJP (Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine), ARC●PEACE and Architecture Sans Frontières (ASF).

By Abe Hayeem, APJP - Thanks for inviting me. It seems a natural linkup between our group APJP (Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine), ARC●PEACE and Architecture Sans Frontières (ASF).

APJP and the Ethics of Israeli Architecture. Speech by Abe Hayeem, Stockholm April 2010.

Professor Thiberg has spoken about the profession's lack of principles.

Trying to get architects to act ethically is like asking an alcoholic not to drink. Architecture is the second oldest profession. Most professional codes of conduct deal with the construction, legal and bureaucratic aspects of architecture with the ethical part tagged on. One can look at architects building in countries with abysmal human rights records likeSaudi Arabia and Dubai with the terrible exploitation of migrant labourers, or in countries like China, which has Tibet and the Uiger lands under occupation, and the destruction of their heritage and history, or the sequestration of tribal areas in India by giant corporations exploiting the mineral wealth at the expense of the environment – and then ask why we have focused on Israel and Palestine.

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