TIPhF 2014

A City’s Wonders!

Each city represents a thought experiment, or, as Polo tells Khan at one point, “You take delight not in a city‘s seven or seventy wonders but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.”

Kublai interrupted him: “From now on I shall describe the cities and you will tell me if they exist and are as I have conceived them. I shall begin by asking you about a city of stairs, exposed to the sirocco, on a half-moon bay. Now I shall list some of the wonders it contains: a glass tank high as a cathedral so people can follow the swimming and flying of the swallow fish and draw auguries from them; a palm tree which lays the harp with its fronds in the wind; a square with a horseshoe marble table around it, a marble tablecloth, set with foods and beverages also of marble.”

The question that Calvino seems to be asking is a big one: How should we live?

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© Elena Kuznetsova
From the series Concresco by David Galjaard

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© Simona Rota

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Ponte Sant'Angelo - 2011

© Rodolfo Felici
Philipp Schaerer Bildbau No 25a, 2009, from the series "Bildbauten" - fictitious architecture, © Philipp Schaerer, Zurich/CH

© Philipp Schaerer
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© Simone Ludovico

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© Yorgos Efthymiadis
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