We know the specific strengths of various cities, are aware of their ranking, are able to discuss their density and growth. But what do all cities have in common, what do we know about the lowest common denominator?
The city as a species, the primal genetic material of the city: this is the subject of A Quantum City. This colossal work – another collaboration with Vera Bühlmann and Ludger Hovestadt of ETH Zürich – is a love letter to the city and intellectual culture. Following a fictional narrative figure, Orlando, the book is an odyssey through the Western world up to the present time. It is designed as a colourful rainbow of visual impact, and can be read both page by page and randomly browsed, offering an inspiring view of the city that is in and around us.