Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

CQQ-No.025: High Above the City

©2004 UrbisMedia

©2004 UrbisMedia

The biblical Tower of Babel was reputedly built with the idea of reaching heaven by the application of technology. It was a flop in that purpose; but there is good likelihood that in the process of raising this first lofty structure in recorded history its builders could not help but notice that, in some compensation, it provided an interesting view of the surrounding area.

We humans, who repeatedly came down from the trees well before recorded history, might still have retained a predilection for the “bird’s-eye” view of things. Although towers and other high perches have been erected in cities for practical and symbolic purposes, almost from the first cities, it is the special perspective of getting above it all that is perhaps their prime urban function. Match the tower with the city it overlooks.

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