THE FRACTURED CITY

"Living in cities is an art, and we need the vocabulary of art, of style, to describe the peculiar relationship between man and material that exists in the continual creative play of urban living..."

"…Monet explored the visual osmosis which seemed to take place in the heavy industrial smog of the city; the bridge, an unearthly blue, soft in shape but strident and surreal in colour, exchanges its characteristics with the river and the sky. Its colour spreads into nature, while it borrows from nature the rusty oranges and yellows which might come either from the sun or from the flame of some giant industrial retort. The freest shapes come from the smoke from chimneys; the most intricate colours from the traffic crossing the bridge. It is impossible to know where nature ends and culture begins.”

"One man’s city is the sum of all the routes he takes through it, a spoor as unique as a fingerprint."

Jonathan Raban, Soft City (1974)
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