The paper describes the conceptual framework for a forthcoming research project that will address the moral and ethical stance that, in the making of the built environment, human and ecological rights should not be violated. The research project aims to make an original contribution to humankind’s understanding of the impact of the built environment process on people and the planet through the novel approach of juxtaposing human and ecological rights with the processes of designing, resourcing, constructing and using buildings. This early work on the framework will creatively explore the relationship between, on the one hand, built environment related human and ecological rights, i.e. those rights that are touched by activities in the design-build-use life-cycle, and on the other hand buildings, i.e. the technology, selected by expert consensus to be leading edge examples of sustainable design. To qualify for selection, the buildings should have grown from a sustainabilit
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