Reconceiving construction in the context of humanisation

Philip McAleenan, Ciaran McAleenan

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Construction, like agriculture, is potentially the most humanising of all activities, in that it has the potential to satisfy or contribute to the satisfaction of the fundamentals outlined in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. More than this, construction has the capacity to reflect and contribute to the assertion of “being”, the ongoing struggle to define and assert our authentic self. Conversely, in both process and outcome, it also has the potential to dehumanise and to negate ontological potential. This paper examines the ethical and moral challenges arising from the societal responsibilities required of and inherent in the construction industry’s raison d’être. Through an examination of the literature and of selected projects, the contribution to and the negation of an authentic ethic is explored, challenging stakeholders to evaluate the positive and address the negative in such a way that construction meets its obligations to society and to individuals. Within the context of humanisation, the objective is the development of a model for construction that promotes respect for all and accords equal consideration of all and to all.
LanguageEnglish
Pages2039-2053
JournalJournal of Construction Project Management and Innovation
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017

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  • humanisation
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In: Cavalieri, P. and Singer, P. (eds), The Great Ape Project. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin. pp. 81–87. Derrida, J. (1995) [1966]. Structure, sign and play in the discourse of the human sciences. Translated by A. Bass. London: Routledge. pp. 278–294. Dooling, S. (2009). Ecological gentrification: A research agenda exploring justice in the city. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 33(3), 621–639. Doshi, V. (2016). Gurgaon: What life is like in the Indian city built by private companies. The Guardian, 4 July. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/sustainablebusiness/2016/jul/04/gurgaon-life-city-built-private-companies-india-intel-google Eckensberger, L. H. (2007). Morality from a cultural psychology perspective. In: G. Zheng, K. Leung and J. G. Adair (eds), Perspectives and progress in contemporary crosscultural psychology. Beijing: China Light Industry Press. pp. 25–34. FCO see Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) (2014). Human Rights and Democracy Report 2013. FCO, UK Government. Freire, P. (1973). Education: The practice of freedom. London: Writers and Readers Publishing Cooperative. Fromm, E. (2003) [1947]. Man for himself. Oxford: Routledge Classics. Garcia, V. (2016). Belfast: A city shaped by conflict. Northern Ireland Foundation. Available at: https://northernireland.foundation/2012/06/16/belfast-a-city-shapedby-conflict/ Gibson, O. (2014). Qatar government admits almost 1,000 fatalities among migrants. The Guardian, 14 May. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/14/qatar-admitsdeaths-in-migrantworkers Goodyear, S. (2012). How urban design affects ethnic or religious tensions. CityLab, 12 June. Available at: http://www.citylab.com/design/2012/06/how-urban-designaffects-ethnic-or-religious-tensions/2252/ Haffner, J. (2015). The dangers of eco-gentrification: What’s the best way to make a city greener? The Guardian, 6 May. 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Available at: http://www.healthinconstruction.co.uk/about_us HSA see Health and Safety Authority. HSE see Health and Safety Executive. ILO see International Labour Organization. International Labour Organization (ILO) (2008). Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work. Seoul: ILO. International Labour Organization (ILO) (2015a). Rana Plaza, 2 years on. ILO Readymade Garment Project. Bangladesh: ILO International Labour Organization (ILO) (2015b). Good practices and challenges in promoting decent work in construction and infrastructure projects. Geneva: Sectoral Policies Department, ILO. International Social Security Association (ISSA) (2003). Qu{\'e}bec City Protocol for the integration of occupational health and safety (OHS) competencies into vocational and technical education. Qu{\'e}bec: International Section on Training and Education. ISSA see International Social Security Association. Jaffe, E. (2014). How parks gentrify neighborhoods, and how to stop it. Fast Co.Design, 15 October. Available at: https://www.fastcodesign.com/3037135/evidence/howparks-gentrify-neighborhoods-and-how-to-stop-it Johnson, T. (2012). The economy of the Olympics. Council on Foreign Relations, 9 August. Available at: http://www.cfr.org/world/economy-olympics/p28806 Kohlberg, L. (1971). Stages of moral development: The stages of moral development according to Kohlberg. Penn State University. Available at: http://info.psu.edu.sa/psu/maths/Stages{\%}20of{\%}20Moral{\%}20Development{\%}20Ac cording{\%}20to{\%}20Kohlberg.pdf Korody, N. (2016a). Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work. Archinect, 18 March. Available at: http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalismin-a-world-without-work?ukredirect Korody, N. (2016b). Tweaking the city: The politics of urban interventions. Archinect, 23 November. Available at: http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/149979146/tweaking-the-city-the-politicsof-urban-interventions?ukredirect Korody, N. (2016c). At USC’s ‘Homeless Studio’, students work towards real solutions to the city’s homeless crisis. Archinect, 30 November. Available at: http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/149980745/at-usc-s-homeless-studiostudents-work-towards-real-solutions-to-the-city-s-homeless-crisis?ukredirect Lavaca Collective, The (2004). Sin Patr{\'o}n: Stories from Argentina’s worker-run factories. Translated by K. Kohlstedt. Chicago: Haymarket Books. Lockhart, A. (2013). Theorising ecogentrification. theurbanfix, 12 March. Available at: https://theurbanfix.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/theorising-ecogentrification/ Lockton, D. (2011). Architecture, urbanism, design and behaviour: A brief review. Architectures, 12 September. Available at: http://architectures.danlockton.co.uk/2011/09/12/architecture-urbanism-designand-behaviour-a-brief-review/ Lockton, D. (2013). Design with intent: A design pattern toolkit for environmental & social behaviour change. PhD thesis. London: Brunel University. Maslow, A. H. (1943). A theory of human motivation. Psychological Review, 50, 370–396, Available at: http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Maslow/motivation.htm McAleenan, C. (2016). Operation analysis and control: A paradigm shift in construction safety management. PhD thesis. Cardiff: University of South Wales. McAleenan, P. (2016a). A novel approach to health and safety in construction: Culture, ethics reasoning and leadership. PhD thesis. Cardiff: University of South Wales. McAleenan, P. (2016b). Ethics in CDM – the process of thinking. Presentation to Telford Society, Ulster University. McAleenan, P. and McAleenan, C. (2011). Enhancing ethical reasoning in design education. Proceedings of the CIB W099 Conference 2011, Washington, DC. August. McAleenan, P. and McAleenan, C. (2017). Critical theory: Understanding the impact language has on workers’ safety and health. Proceedings of ICE – Management, Procurement and Law, Volume 170, Issue 2, April, pp. 52–58. Themed issue on Benefitting Workers and Society Through Safe(r) Design. O’Bonsawin, C. M. (2010). ‘No Olympics on stolen native land’: Contesting Olympic narratives and asserting indigenous rights within the discourse of the 2010 Vancouver Games. Sport in Society, 13(1), 143–156. Available at: http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/Olympika/Olympika_2011/olympika2001q.p df O’Brien, D. and Hill, H. (2009). Safe ‘n’ sound: Building with indigenous workforces in Australia and Thailand. Proceedings of the CIB W099 ‘Working Together: Planning, Designing and Building a Healthy and Safe Industry’ Conference. Melbourne, Australia, 21–23 October. O’Connor, H. and Goodwin, J. (2012). Locating Irish workers in the British Labour Force Survey. CLMS Working Paper No. 25. Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester. Osborne, H. (2009). Gulf investors plan to ‘buy to leave’ London property, survey shows. The Guardian, 20 June. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/jun/20/gulf-investors-buy-to-leavelondon-property-survey Oxfam (2017). An economy for the 99{\%}. Oxfam briefing paper. Quastel, N. (2009). Political ecologies of gentrification. Urban Geography, 30, 694–725. Rose, A. and Spiegel, M. (2011). The Olympic effect. Economic Journal, 121(553), 652– 677. Sagner-D{\"u}chting, K. (1998). Monet. London: Taschen. Semler, R. (2001). Maverick! The success story behind the world’s most unusual workplace. London: Random House. Sharif, Y. (2009). The battle forspaces of possibility within the Palestinian / Israeli conflict: Healing fractures through the dialogue of everyday behaviour. Proceedings of the ‘Occupation: Negotiations with Constructed Space’ Conference, University of Brighton, UK, 2–4 July. Available at: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/44849/40_Yara-Sharif_TheBattle-for-Spaces-of-Possibility-within-the-Palestinian-Israeli-Conflict.pdf Soul{\'e}, M. (2010). Conservation relevance of ecological cascades. In: Terborgh, J. and Estes, A. (eds.), Trophic cascades (pp. 337–352). Washington, DC: Island Press. Swain, F. (2013). Secret city design tricks manipulate your behaviour. BBC Future, 2 December. Available at: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20131202-dirty-tricksof-city-design Taylor, D. (2001). Anarchic architects strike out against city ‘social cleansing’. The Architect’s Journal, 3 May. Available at: https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/home/anarchic-architects-strike-out-againstcity-social-cleansing/181170.article Tracey, C. (2016). White privilege and gentrification in Denver, ‘Americaʼs favourite city’. The Guardian, 14 July. 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Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/may/06/dangers-ecogentrification-bestway-make-city-greener Hare, B., Cameron, I., Real, K. and Maloney, W. (2013). Exploratory case study of pictorial aids for communicating health and safety for migrant construction workers. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139(7), 818–825. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000658 Hatherley, O. (2017). The architecture of neoliberalism by Douglas Spencer review – privatising the world. The Guardian, 12 January. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/12/the-architecture-ofneoliberalism-douglas-spencer-review HCLG see Health in Construction Leadership Group. Health and Safety Authority (HSA) (2008). Safe System of Work Plan (SSWP). Dublin: HSA. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) (2014). Consultation on replacement of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. Liverpool: HSE. Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) (2017). About us. Available at: http://www.healthinconstruction.co.uk/about_us HSA see Health and Safety Authority. HSE see Health and Safety Executive. ILO see International Labour Organization. International Labour Organization (ILO) (2008). Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work. Seoul: ILO. International Labour Organization (ILO) (2015a). Rana Plaza, 2 years on. ILO Readymade Garment Project. Bangladesh: ILO International Labour Organization (ILO) (2015b). Good practices and challenges in promoting decent work in construction and infrastructure projects. Geneva: Sectoral Policies Department, ILO. International Social Security Association (ISSA) (2003). Québec City Protocol for the integration of occupational health and safety (OHS) competencies into vocational and technical education. Québec: International Section on Training and Education. ISSA see International Social Security Association. Jaffe, E. (2014). How parks gentrify neighborhoods, and how to stop it. Fast Co.Design, 15 October. Available at: https://www.fastcodesign.com/3037135/evidence/howparks-gentrify-neighborhoods-and-how-to-stop-it Johnson, T. (2012). The economy of the Olympics. Council on Foreign Relations, 9 August. Available at: http://www.cfr.org/world/economy-olympics/p28806 Kohlberg, L. (1971). Stages of moral development: The stages of moral development according to Kohlberg. Penn State University. Available at: http://info.psu.edu.sa/psu/maths/Stages%20of%20Moral%20Development%20Ac cording%20to%20Kohlberg.pdf Korody, N. (2016a). Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work. Archinect, 18 March. Available at: http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalismin-a-world-without-work?ukredirect Korody, N. (2016b). Tweaking the city: The politics of urban interventions. Archinect, 23 November. Available at: http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/149979146/tweaking-the-city-the-politicsof-urban-interventions?ukredirect Korody, N. (2016c). At USC’s ‘Homeless Studio’, students work towards real solutions to the city’s homeless crisis. Archinect, 30 November. Available at: http://uk.archinect.com/features/article/149980745/at-usc-s-homeless-studiostudents-work-towards-real-solutions-to-the-city-s-homeless-crisis?ukredirect Lavaca Collective, The (2004). Sin Patrón: Stories from Argentina’s worker-run factories. Translated by K. Kohlstedt. Chicago: Haymarket Books. Lockhart, A. (2013). Theorising ecogentrification. theurbanfix, 12 March. Available at: https://theurbanfix.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/theorising-ecogentrification/ Lockton, D. (2011). Architecture, urbanism, design and behaviour: A brief review. Architectures, 12 September. Available at: http://architectures.danlockton.co.uk/2011/09/12/architecture-urbanism-designand-behaviour-a-brief-review/ Lockton, D. (2013). Design with intent: A design pattern toolkit for environmental & social behaviour change. PhD thesis. London: Brunel University. Maslow, A. H. (1943). A theory of human motivation. Psychological Review, 50, 370–396, Available at: http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Maslow/motivation.htm McAleenan, C. (2016). Operation analysis and control: A paradigm shift in construction safety management. PhD thesis. Cardiff: University of South Wales. McAleenan, P. (2016a). A novel approach to health and safety in construction: Culture, ethics reasoning and leadership. PhD thesis. Cardiff: University of South Wales. McAleenan, P. (2016b). Ethics in CDM – the process of thinking. Presentation to Telford Society, Ulster University. McAleenan, P. and McAleenan, C. (2011). Enhancing ethical reasoning in design education. Proceedings of the CIB W099 Conference 2011, Washington, DC. August. McAleenan, P. and McAleenan, C. (2017). Critical theory: Understanding the impact language has on workers’ safety and health. Proceedings of ICE – Management, Procurement and Law, Volume 170, Issue 2, April, pp. 52–58. Themed issue on Benefitting Workers and Society Through Safe(r) Design. O’Bonsawin, C. M. (2010). ‘No Olympics on stolen native land’: Contesting Olympic narratives and asserting indigenous rights within the discourse of the 2010 Vancouver Games. Sport in Society, 13(1), 143–156. Available at: http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/Olympika/Olympika_2011/olympika2001q.p df O’Brien, D. and Hill, H. (2009). Safe ‘n’ sound: Building with indigenous workforces in Australia and Thailand. Proceedings of the CIB W099 ‘Working Together: Planning, Designing and Building a Healthy and Safe Industry’ Conference. Melbourne, Australia, 21–23 October. O’Connor, H. and Goodwin, J. (2012). Locating Irish workers in the British Labour Force Survey. CLMS Working Paper No. 25. Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester. Osborne, H. (2009). Gulf investors plan to ‘buy to leave’ London property, survey shows. The Guardian, 20 June. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/jun/20/gulf-investors-buy-to-leavelondon-property-survey Oxfam (2017). An economy for the 99%. Oxfam briefing paper. Quastel, N. (2009). Political ecologies of gentrification. Urban Geography, 30, 694–725. Rose, A. and Spiegel, M. (2011). The Olympic effect. Economic Journal, 121(553), 652– 677. Sagner-Düchting, K. (1998). Monet. London: Taschen. Semler, R. (2001). Maverick! The success story behind the world’s most unusual workplace. London: Random House. Sharif, Y. (2009). The battle forspaces of possibility within the Palestinian / Israeli conflict: Healing fractures through the dialogue of everyday behaviour. Proceedings of the ‘Occupation: Negotiations with Constructed Space’ Conference, University of Brighton, UK, 2–4 July. Available at: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/44849/40_Yara-Sharif_TheBattle-for-Spaces-of-Possibility-within-the-Palestinian-Israeli-Conflict.pdf Soulé, M. (2010). Conservation relevance of ecological cascades. In: Terborgh, J. and Estes, A. (eds.), Trophic cascades (pp. 337–352). Washington, DC: Island Press. Swain, F. (2013). Secret city design tricks manipulate your behaviour. BBC Future, 2 December. Available at: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20131202-dirty-tricksof-city-design Taylor, D. (2001). Anarchic architects strike out against city ‘social cleansing’. The Architect’s Journal, 3 May. Available at: https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/home/anarchic-architects-strike-out-againstcity-social-cleansing/181170.article Tracey, C. (2016). White privilege and gentrification in Denver, ‘Americaʼs favourite city’. The Guardian, 14 July. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/jul/14/white-privilege-gentrificationdenver-america-favourite-city United Nations Security Council (UNSC) (2016). Resolution 2334. United Nations. UNSC see United Nations Security Council. Walters, D. (2010). The role of worker representation and consultation in managing health and safety in the construction industry. Geneva: International Labour Office. Watt, P. (2013). ‘It’s not for us’: Regeneration, the 2012 Olympics and the gentrification of East London. City, 17(1), 99–118. Available at: https://www.academia.edu/6007431/Its_not_for_us_Regeneration_the_2012_Oly mpics_and_the_gentrification_of_East_London_City_2013 Žižek, S. (2012). Less than nothing: Hegel and the shadow of dialectical materialism [Kindle edition]. Verso; Reprint edition (30 April).

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