The how of anything we do is integral to an ethical disposition; I am fascinated by the tacit, almost ineffable connection between ethics and qualities of disposition – such as manner, attention, and openness. How we cultivate an ethical disposition – or what we might call ethical know-how – is not something we can partition out from life more broadly. I am interested in how the creative process – particularly in a research context – can offer a crucible for cultivating ethical know-how through iterative cycles of making and reflecting.
Pia Ednie-Brown is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University in Melbourne, where she Chairs the biannual Practice Research Symposium (Australia). Her research has concerned two key, interlaced problems: how speculative architectural exploration can contribute to and learn from philosophies of emergence and affect, and how we might deepen our ethical know-how and cultural vitality through creative practice research. Her practice, Onomatopoeia, (http://onomatopoeia.com.au/practice) combines diverse modes of design investigation – working across small architectural projects, installations, short films, and writing. Her most recent creative project is a house-person called Avery Green. Her writing has been published widely in international contexts, and she has edited two books Plastic Green: designing for environmental transformation (RMIT Press, 2009) and an issue of AD: The Innovation Imperative: Architectures of Vitality (Wiley, 2013).