An ethic label Stampa Email

From the pyramids to the Great Wall of China, from Greek and Roman temples to the more modern buildings, we are struck with the majesty, the form showing off the power of the governors, but even with the acceleration given to the implementation and granted by a sort of modern slavery.

The nowadays multinational companies' skyscrapers and some magnificent public works rise the idea of the economic power, of the invested capitals. Dazzled by dizzy heights and by daring shapes, we ignore the social cost that brings to the construction, focusing  to the skyline, the destination of use, the improbable “consequences” on the territory, the return on image.

Cities, grown up in a rush to become the new consumption cathedrals, exhibit richness and luxury, created mainly by the invisible immigrants who are, for instance, the 80% of the Dubai population and, if they survive, will be able to come back to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and give a house to their family.

At the time of energy building assessment and of CO2 emissions control, why do not add a new quality label, at least in the countries that state  to be democratic? “This building has been realized without deadly accident at work and without exploitation of workers”.

Architecture could get benefits from an ethic label.

Liana Pastorin

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