Lectures 6-8: I. City The question of how to delimit “city” from the other scales addressed in this course hinges largely on how cities were conceived by architects and administrators as entities united through certain shared systems, often assuming a centripetal form. The centripetal form implies that beyond a certain distance from the center, settlement ceases to be the city and becomes instead a suburb. This series of case-studies presents different ways that cities were construed as somehow de-limitable from the urbanity and rurality that surrounded them even while they were intimately connected with those environs. The city was marked off from its hinterlands—despite their mutual dependence on each other—through various aesthetic, administrative, and infrastructural devices, intended to somehow render the complexity of the city into a unity, an “organism”, or at least a conurbation recognizable as such. In keeping with this logic cities were believed to have “identities” that must be preserved even amidst ongoing plans for redevelopment.
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