This course explores fundamental cultural and ethical factors in the global designed and built environment. It examines differences and perceptions of professional business practices across cultures by taking into account social factors. Because social actions occur in spatial settings, buildings and cities is seen as socio-spatial artefacts that take on specific meaning depending on their cultural contexts. Case studies from around the world, highlighting several cultural milieus and covering most continents, are presented and discussed.
Issues and relationships within the cultural, business, legal and political environments of global practice, as well as differences in the formulation of design briefs, construction contracts, forms of construction, bidding and contract documents in a dynamic new world order are demonstrated. Ethical practices in different cultures are highlighted as the basis for best practice.
The course is designed to expose students to the rigors, challenges and opportunities of practicing architecture in a runaway world.