From the very beginning when cities are organized in Mesopotamia, the concept of immortality comes along. Gilgamesh is the king of the city, and in the end he decides the only immortality he has is the building he does in the city. Do you see what I mean? Because with the city we extend the normal limits of our lives — in the conversation with the past and with the future.
—Vincent Scully, architectural historian
Italics mine From an interview in Ken Burns' film "Frank Lloyd Wright." ↩︎