I tweeted from the ManTownHuman debate about participatory design, development design, and sustainability on 27 May. Speaker Karl Sharro said that socially responsible design is irresponsible because as he sees it, there is a danger with sustainability now in the mainstream that architects will stop distrupting design with what's actually needed to conform. Beware conformity and consensus.
Sharro's point is well taken, but I think maybe his comments go too far in that perhaps disruptive design to the extent he suggests might be too individualistic in thinking when we are in a time that (arguably) calls for a new age with respect to collective thinking.
As far as architecture not being political, I don't buy that at all.
Here's the full audio of what he said (medium HT VoiceRecorder app, iPhone)Socially Responsible Design Might be Irresponsible by Annlytical