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Is a city just a group of buildings? Has this always been the case? And is
it still the case? No, replies the author, reminding us that until the end of
the 1500s the city was a way of life, i.e. a style of relations and not a set of
«objects». Things change between the 1600s and the 1700s, when in the
Encyclopedie, Diderot defines «city» as «a group of houses situated along the
streets». What about today? Based on a map of the city of Milan published
in «Il Corriere della Sera», the author explains why we need to find another
definition for the term «city», because our idea of the city no longer corresponds
to what it really is.