The “city as a species”, the “primal genetic material of the city” is the subject of A Quantum City. This colossal publication is a love letter to the city and intellectual culture.
This reference book 'A Quantum City. Mastering the Generic' is the results of a research project at ETH Zurich on the history and future of the city. It's thousands of images and cross-references give a vivid picture of the 25-century long history of the city.
We follow the fictional narrative figure, Orlando, beginning in 320 BC, on his odyssey through the Western world up to the present time. The book is divided into four interrelated chapters and can be read page by page in a discursive manner, however randomly browsing through the book also offers new and multi-faceted interpretations. Great intellectual achievements are compared with obscure and mundane events. A Quantum City offers an inspiring view of the city that is in us and around us.