C. Sinclair: Refugees of Boom-and-Bust

“At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.”

.:via->TED Talks

Posted: November 15th, 2009
at 11:36am by orangemenace

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  1. I’m not one to always agree with Cameron Sinclair. I oftentimes think he’s taking the ‘high road’ he mentions in the video, choosing to work for an organization caters to fairly specific demographics – and then getting a little ‘preachy’ with the rest of us. But how can you disagree with this argument? No country is perfect, and many countries haven’t yet risen to the US, Europe and Japan kind of levels of workers’ rights – but this right here is simply inexcusable. Some of the richest people in the world building some of the most lavish projects, and treating the workers [literally] like slaves? How do we, as architects and designers, live with ourselves knowing we’re whoring ourselves out to this end? I mean, damn – it’s not even like architects are really even getting rich off these projects. At least then there would be an explanation [not a justification – just a reason].


    15 Nov 09 at 11:55 am



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