July 31, 2013

City as Art and Theater

The essential physical means of a city's existence are the fixed site, the durable shelter, the permanent facilities for assembly, interchange, and storage...The city in its complete sense, then, is a geographic plexus, an economic organization, an institutional process, a theater of social action, and an aesthetic symbol of collective unity. The city fosters art and is art; the city creates the theater and is the theater. It is in the city, the city as theater, that man's more purposive activities are focused, and work out through conflicting and cooperating personalities, events, groups into more significant culminations. 

Lewis Mumford as quoted in Urbanism Without Effort

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