|The Hero & The City|
|Hugh Ferris: Science Centre|
So what came first, the city or the crime? the hero or the villain? the architect or the city?
|Hugh Ferris: Verticals on Wide Avenues|
"New York, Dubai, Tokyo, Moscow, Gotham. Every city in every atlas—real and fictional— has a unique character shaped by history and geography. More than a mere sense of place derived from architecture and planning, cities have a feeling that pervades the consciousness of those who live there until themselves become a a piece of the urban fabric, a fractional embodiment of the city itself. Perhaps more than any other person—real or fictional—Batman is integrally linked to his city, the city he has sworn to protect. In every sense of the word, he is a true avatar of Gotham. And Gotham City itself is an avatar, not only of the dreams of its fictional architects, but of our collective urban paranoia."
Having seen the The Dark Knight Rises myself, I should hope to return with a review in due course.