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Representing and Imagining the City
Representing and Imagining the City
Regan KochAlan Latham
Introduction

Imagine you are approaching a city. What's your mental image? A skyline seems quite likely. Approach a city by plane, train or automobile and when you see the skyline you know you're getting close, right? Countless films open with an aerial scan of towering buildings, steel and glass skyscrapers, apartment blocks or clusters of shanty houses to set the scene. Search the word ‘city’ using Google Images and you'll find millions of these images – page after page of skylines.

All cities have a skyline, and at first glance they are merely a repetition of buildings and other big things that form an outline against the horizon. Yet many are remarkably distinct. They serve ...

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