“Cityful passing away, other cityful coming, passing away too…”

Dublin, Mexico City, Tokyo

Authored by: Angeliki Sioli

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
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315613154-8

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Abstract

In the introduction to his 1925 essay “The City: Suggestions for the Investigation of Human Behavior in the Urban Environment,” the American urban sociologist Robert Park stated that, “we are mainly indebted to writers of fiction for our more intimate knowledge of contemporary urban life.” 1 This suggests that for the fields of urban planning and architecture, which by their very nature deal with urban life and modes of human behavior in the city, such ‘literary knowledge’ is indispensable. Almost a century since this insightful observation, an ever-growing interdisciplinary scholarship has begun to explore how we can profit from the fascinating richness and intimate knowledge that literature can provide in our understanding of buildings and cities.

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