c. 1470

Ideal City

c. 1470 Ideal City
1893-94 Columbia University

in "Beyond Style"
"Building Metaphors" by Arthur C. Danto contained at least this one sentence which I have to repeat: "It is rather an architectural reenactment of a Renaissance reenactment of a dreamt classical city believed to be real, and because it is a city in connotation it can and does emblemize the city it is part of." Danto is referring to McKim, Mead and White's campus of Columbia University. Of course, I do not know the whole of architectural literature, but this quotation is the earliest direct connection between architecture (design) and reenactment that I come across thus far.




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