The lecture advances a conceptual framework for analyzing and evaluating metropolitan areas based on the degree that they facilitate citizens' efforts to obtain, retain and expand economic, social and psychological resources, what is called "the quest for respect".
While Ancient Greek may "never be as popular as Psychology 101", a generous bequest will advance the study of languages, literature, philosophy and civilisation.
Who should be involved in city making and how? This is one of the questions at the center of NSW Government deliberations as it seeks to reform the NSW planning system. The question is an important one for architects and planners and also raises issues about the right to the city.