We all know the explicit strengths of varied towns, are conscious of their score, may be able to speak about their density and development. yet what do all towns have in universal, what will we find out about their “lowest universal denominator”?

The “city as a species”, the “primal genetic fabric of the city”: this can be the topic of A Quantum City. This enormous paintings is a love letter to the town and highbrow tradition.

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Therefore by the Palazzo did I lurk, Where those high men had gone with purposed stride, Thus leading me by fortune-fated quirk Where power and the powerful reside, And not for long did I there have to wait Until among some townsfolk I could hide And slip into the den of this proud lion straight, In search of any library or vault As I in Alexandria had seen of late, Wherefrom I was convinced I could not fault But bring sequestered on me in some way A multitude of objects to exalt (And if by stealth) the Florentine array.

I could no longer blame the ones who’d told Me of these things in hyperbolic praise, Nor can a man of mind and reason scold The fathers of this city if they raise Their heads with pride when thus about they go: There is no simple, modest turn of phrase Encompasses the wonders here on show. I knew within an hour of my stay That thus the perfect city must be built And nothing hence would from this place me sway. Nor would I be restrained by fear or guilt: I would procure plans, drawings, models, maps, Beg, blag, cajole, steal, rob, charm, what thou wilt, 37 38 Orlando in Florence ORLANDO IN THE CITIES Then take them back to Hermes and perhaps Produce some writings of mine own to stress That though there may have been in time a lapse This treasure, this discovery will redress Whatever failing any god may find In any of their cities and impress Upon them the ingeniousness of mind That here was on display, alive, at work, Unparalleled in spirit, skill and kind.

Famous Travelers 53 ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT, AIMÉ BONPLAND Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America 1799–1804 143 ← The inhabitants of Caracas complain of having several seasons in one and the same day; and of the rapid change from one season to another. In the month of January, for instance, a night, of which the mean temperature is 16 degrees, is sometimes followed by a day when the thermometer during eight successive hours keeps above 22 degrees in the shade. In the same day, we may find the temperature of 24 and 18 degrees.

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