PBS Newshour Feature on ADPSR's campaign
In case you missed it, you can still watch the PBS Newshour feature on ADPSR’s campaign to end the design of execution chambers and solitary confinement here: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/architects-designing-for-prisons-confront-ethical-questions
Renewed attention to the role of human rights is always welcome, and never more so than when they are under threat as they are now. Given the broken state of U.S. politics and the vocal hostility of many national political leaders to the very concept of human rights and basic decency for all, it is essential for all members of civil society to reassert the shared values of peace, compassion, respect, and dignity that bring people together instead of driving us apart. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
Here's PBS's preview of the coming episode:
Incarceration and Design
Designing prisons and prison cells can mean big business for architecture firms, though the design of solitary confinement units in particular are raising ethical questions among architects in the field. While psychiatric studies have repeatedly found that prolonged solitary confinement can lead to profound mental disorders, today the practice remains in regular use throughout the United States' prison system. But a growing number of architects who are concerned about human rights are refusing to work on projects that include solitary confinement units. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent David Tereshchuk reports.
We of ADPSR have pursued this campaign to give the design community a way to express our support for human rights, compassion, and forgiveness in our professional sphere. We advance this work not only through direct communication with AIA but also through spreading these ideas in person (as you'll see in the segment) and through the media to design professionals and the general public. So this moment is one of great success, for which we offer many thanks to the producers at the PBS Newshour for recognizing the value of our work
And a related piece by the same journalist: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2018/09/21/ethics-in-designing-prisons/34951/