Manhattan and Venice are often associated in discourses on the city, across disciplines and chronology. Unique, dense, vertical, inﬂ uential, mythical, open: the attributes of the two cities blend their bodies and their images in the association. This is what the city is: not just a set of physical, economical, political, geographical and organizational relations, but also the irrational elements that deﬁ ne its image and perception. The making of the physical city and the construction of its idea (or myth) proceed in parallel. Architecture can thus be redeﬁ ned as a spatial practice that affects the physical environment but is also informed by the constructs of narrative, legislation, social mores, and by the spatial investigations performed in the visual arts.