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Poetry, architecture and the beginnings of Open City

Authored by: Kristen Kreider , James O’Leary

The Routledge Companion on Architecture, Literature and The City

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781472482730
eBook ISBN: 9781315613154
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Here we are, adrift in mid-sphere. The Earth, to be exact, and we have just reached the middle. We have just slipped our way across the equatorial band dividing North from the southern hemisphere when we lose our orientation and begin to drift … For it’s true that, once across the equator, one loses sight of Polaris: the stable north star around which heavens shift as we, beneath, keep turning and turning. Here, in the South, there is no single point of reference. We must wayfind in relation to a figure.

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