chapter  6
Modernity and the question of representation
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An overwhelming number of people in modern society think of architecture and

the city as ‘a given to be endured, an art to be designed, a madness separate from

reality, or as a fragment that cannot endure.’1 They occasionally respect or

admire it, but more often they tend to ‘flee it, condemn it, ignore it, try to live in

it, or just use it to create their own fragments. Everyone emotionally or intellec-

tually, politically or economically grabs his fragment, which is partially real and

creates a total reality with it. The splintered identities, the competing ideologies,

the fractured parties and the glaring, cluttered advertising of competing busi-

nesses assault the person and the society from a thousand sides’.2