"The desire to see the city preceded the means of satisfying it. Medieval or Renaissance painters represented the city as seen in a perspective that no eye had yet enjoyed. This fictional already made the medieval spectator into a celestial eye. It created gods…The same scopic drive haunts users of architectural productions by materializing the utopia that yesterday was only painted. The 1370 foot high tower that serves as a prow for Manhattan continues construct the fiction that creates readers, makes the complexity of the city readable, and immobilizes its opaque mobility in a transparent text."
…”The ordinary practitioners of the city live ‘down below,’ below the thresholds at which visibility begins…they are walkers whose bodies follow the thicks and thins of an urban ‘text’ they write without being able to read it…The networks of these moving, intersecting writings compose a manifold story that has neither author nor spectator, shaped out in fragments of trajectories and alterations of spaces: in relation to representations, it remains daily and indefinitely other.”