Catastrophe - A Historical & Philosophical Assessment of Urban Disaster Ethics & the Built Environment

Project Details


Enlarging work on the ethical dimensions of the built environment (Prospects for an Ethics of Architecture, Routledge 2011), this project maps a vital dimension of civil society. It discovers how cities, urban planning and architecture engage values and practices aimed at insuring inclusiveness, egalitarianism and civic aspirations. Taking its cue from media reactions to recent catastrophic events, including the inundation of New Orleans, the project identifies broad concerns for our cities and civic institutions in Australia and overseas. Outcomes include a book (The ‘Katrina Effect’: On the Nature of Catastrophe, Bloomsbury 2015) and articles on topics ranging from the genealogy of urban disaster to the challenge of ‘community-led’ design when rebuilding after a catastrophic event.
Effective start/end date1/01/1231/12/16


  • Australian Research Council: A$180,000.00
  • Australian Research Council: A$160,000.00
  • Australian Research Council: A$142,000.00