The construction of Sydney's landscape
Everything is far away from Sydney, plumped in the centre of an empty immensity. Little do we know about this remote city. We may have forgotten that the country was discovered by the renowned Captain Cook in 1770 or that the first voyagers who arrived there in 1788 were not colonists but convicts carrying a death sentence as their sole baggage...
The Repeated Construction of Berlin.
No city is a uniform whole. Berlin, the name, embraces rafts of fragments scarred by reminders of destruction. After lengthy debate, modernity was rejected as an approach to reconstruction in favour of restitution of the city's essential features. The city would assume its historic personality, not mimetically, an impossible endeavour, but rather by recovering a historic physiognomy based on remembered images reinserted in their specific natural surrounds. The outcome is that memory and event make their presence felt in Berlin's repeated construction.
The Construction of Modern New York.
In light of the scale and complexity of New York City, good ideas alone do not suffice. It takes verve and persistence to defend them and acumen and strength to see them through. In New York nothing happens unless it is discussed, negotiated and driven. The city is consequently analysed through a series of individuals able to mobilise power around, raise money and garner support for their ideas. With perseverance and skill these genuine city-forming catalysts managed to consummate, or conversely, to halt or even derail, complex processes.
Building of Present Day Madrid.
CBuilding, that urge hard-wired into the human genome, exemplifies how we conceive our presence in the world. And the built landscape exists in or is conditioned by the city. People delimit, occupy and parcel out spaces, which they interconnect with streets and squares, providing accesses, developing cities and organising their surrounds for harmonious life in community.