Athens

Great ideal cities in history, from Plato’s Republic to Le Corbusier’s Radiant City, have been constructed in protest against the uninspiring conditions of cities as they actually were and are.  The failures and imperfections of Athens, Rome, London, New York, Paris have given rise to towns in books which in their architecture, their social and political life, would express man’s highest aspirations to perfectibility.

The ideal city gives us the authority to castigate the real one; while the sore itch of real cities goads us into creating ideal ones.

-Soft City, Jonathan Rabin, 1974

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View from the Acropolis, endless wash of the city

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Experiencing reconstructions of some of the first open buildings/public spaces of exchange, the forum, the agora


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