36 propositions for a home by Peripheriques

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Thus, although there are many similarities between East and West, both in antiquity and in the Middle Ages, it was only in the West in the medieval period that the city came to be the basis of human association. In other places and in previous times, urban residents formed associations on the basis of kinship and estate, but in the western city in the Middle Ages, they came together for the first time as individuals: Here, in new civic creations burghers joined the citizenry as single persons. The oath of citizenship was taken by the individual.

This balance of nature was a product of the tooth and claw struggle for survival which served to regulate the population size of different species and to distribute them among different habitats according to their relative suitability. Competition for the basic resources of life thus resulted in the adaptation of different species to each other and to their environment and hence to the evolution of a relatively balanced ecological system based upon competitive co-operation among differentiated and specialized organisms.

Again with reference to Darwin, Park suggests that ‘In every life community there is always one or more dominant species’ (1952, p. 151). The beech tree, for example, has achieved dominance over its natural habitat in the sense that only those plants, such as bluebells, that flower at a time when the tree has no leaves can flourish under its branches. In the human community, analogously, industry and commerce are dominant, for they can outbid other competitors for strategic central locations in the city.

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