Introduction

The city is a discourse and this discourse is truly a language: the city speaks to its inhabitants, we speak to our city, the city where we are, simply by living in it, by wandering through it, by looking at it.

Roland Barthes, “Semiology and the Urban,” in Rethinking Architecture: A Reader in Cultural Theory, Neil Leach (ed.), 1997, pp. 306–7

Cities have been represented visually since their very beginnings. The methods of their representation have adapted as the worlds around them have evolved. The sense of describing our cities as places where we live, work, and exist is an important aspect of cultural and social expression.

These descriptions have been illustrated in our literature and poetry and also our painting and art. The ...

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