Claude Levi-Strauss quote

‘so it is not in any metaphorical sense that we are justified in comparing – as has so often been done – a town with a symphony or poem; they are objects of a similar nature. The town is perhaps even more precious than a work of art in that it stands at the meeting point of nature and artifice. Consisting , as it does, of a community of animals who enclose their biological history within its boundries and at the same time mould it according to their every intention as thinking beings, the town, both in its developement and its form, belongs simultaneously to biological procreation, organic evolution and aesthetic creation. It is at one and the same time an object of nature and a subject of culture ; an individual and a group; reality and dream; the supremely human achievement.’