URSI 100--Introduction to the City

City of the Mind


Arts and the City

Arts and Understanding

  • Reflection of the times
  • Create & direct culture
  • Factual data
  • Conceptual frame
  • Articulates experience

City as Symbol


City in the Electronic Media


How Cities Transform Art


Two Cities: Cincinnati & Detroit

The Conscience of the City


  • Deprivatization
  • Anonymity

Ethics in the Secular City

  • Impersonal relationships
  • Diversity

A Philosophy for Urban Living (AK Bierman, A Philosophy of Urban Existence)

  • Live “the good life”
  • Requires “concinnity”
  • Which implies making One from Many (“E pluribus unum”)
  • Which requires “understanding”
    • Justice
    • Tolerance



2003 A.J.Filipovitch
Revised 1 January 06