Constructed Environments

How does Calvino describe his cities?

Calvino describes Eutropia as many cities making one city and when people are tired of the place and their life out there, they move to another part of the city where everything will be different, their job, friends as well as their wife. He doesn’t give any specific details about the city like what type of houses are there, occupation, who decides when to move but he describes the entire process that takes place. In the end of the passage he reveals that the city is sacred to Mercury, the god of fickle which is why all the changes are temporary and unstable.

What is the role that monuments play?

In Eutropia, there is no monument as such but probably the path that connects one city to another is very important and could be counted as monument. If these paths weren’t there to lead them to the other part then this entire cycle wouldn’t carry on and if this would not happen then Eutropia would just be a normal city.

How does the urban interact with the natural?

Since natural is something that is given by the earth so the rolling plateau that makes Eutropia could be natural and people build their houses on that, so houses becomes man made. So everytime when people move, they make their houses in one area, then break it and move on to the next area and rebuild them again. So their entire life revolves around the natural resource that is land and when they are tired of the place, they move on to another. If they didn’t have abundant of land, this cycle wouldn’t take place.

How do we distinguish between nature and man made?

The difference between man made and nature is very evident, so the houses are manmade and rolling plateau and streams are nature and people are highly dependant on nature as because of this only the cycle works.


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