The architect as a contemporary witness
 
Poised unsteadily between the statement of a self and the practice of responsibility towards others, the architect’s capability is the point where private obsessions and public necessities intersect. As tireless mediators of these opposites, architects today more than ever need to focus on the idea of architecture as a way of looking after the common good. In taking up the challenge of a renewed ethical dimension, the architect is effective if he or she appropriates the perspective of contemporaneity. Contemporary is that person who in a state of non-coincidence with their time can put the present aside and keep ahead of the future.Contemporary perspective is split into a suspended time, an uncertain dyachrony, whereby the present can be examined more deeply while keeping it at a distance. Is our contemporary schizophrenia that vantage point from which architects today, in a logic of discontinuity, can turn to the ethical dimension of their actions, which means looking after the whole?