The architect's social responsibility

David Chipperfield, the outgoing guest editor of Domus reflects on the work done at the helm of the magazine in this 2020 so heavily affected by the pandemic and on the role of the architect himself.

The virus will not change the physical shape of cities, David Chipperfield opines, but it will undoubtedly affect the way we think the city and the way we work.

A scenario in which the role of the architect takes on even greater social weight, especially in the 'westernized' world where certain responsibilities were less explicit until now.

In a society in which inequalities have emerged dramatically, architects must strip themselves of the role of mere designers in order to be more and more 'committed'.
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