City, center of the world

Kruf, J.P. (2003) New York.

Why choose the city as the center of the world as level of ecosystem consideration. Why compare the city with a forest? Why not surf to other levels as neighbourhood, region or even country? Why using city as a metaphor for the public domain and society in the concept of Ecosystem City®? Some considerations.

For most of us the city has an association with personal being. It is tangible, real and existing: you are born, you marry, raise your children and die in a city. Your passport is signed by the mayor of your city. It has the nearest governmental system for all of us and is the closest to the self-identification of people (“Where are you from?”).

From the perspective of the tourist in ourselves, the city is the place to explore new people, cultures, arts and cuisines. The city trip is regarded as the ultimate romantic encounter for couples. For large groups, the city stop is a comfortable and easy way to discover new horizons. Complete industries have discovered and exploited the city from a marketing and business perspective. The city is hot. It is the center of the world.

The city is the place where organisations, interests, roles, relations, factors, processes and cycles actually meet. Interactions are most dynamically in cities. The fabric of society seems to be woven within the boundaries of the city. The term politics has been derived from the Greek: πολιτικά, politiká, meaning “affairs of the cities”. Indeed, the city was the birthplace of public governance, from which it started its long process of evolution and development. And even today the city is regarded as the center of politics. An American politician stated once:

“All politics, after all, is local”. 

TIP O’NEILL (1994) 

I think he as the point. It is this entity wherein the end, all things meet.


O’Neill, Tip and Gary Hymel (1994) All Politics Is Local: And Other Rules of the Game. Canada: Bob Adams, Inc.