Jonathan Glancey, architecture correspondent for the Guardian, examines the relationships between five pairs of cities around the world.
|01||01||Chicago & New York - Bigger And Better||20000809||These cities have been in constant competition with each other since the late 19th century, each growing taller with the rise of the skyscraper.|
What forces have driven them to battle to be the biggest and the best?
|01||02||Rio De Janeiro & Brasilia - The Best Laid Plans||20000816||In 1960, Brasilia was inaugurated as the new capital of Brazil.|
It had taken just three years to build in the virtually uninhabited interior of the country.
Why and how did it happen and what has been its impact on Rio?
|01||03||Liverpool & Manchester - Broaden Your Horizons||20000823||Liverpool, once the second city of Empire, declined as shipbuilding ebbed away and has never quite recovered.|
Manchester, on the other hand, has managed to regenerate itself with vitality and confidence.
Why have these two cities, twinned by the Industrial Revolution, fared so differently?
|01||04||Venice & Mestre - Culture Alone Does Not A City Make.||20000830||With the exception of tourism, Venice has pushed all of its commerce and most of its poor across the lagoon to Mestre.|
Now Mestre, derided for years as the twin no one wanted to know, is developing an identity of its own.
Is a city a city without the lifeblood of business and development?
|01||05 LAST||Moscow & St Petersburg - East Or West?||20000906||In 1713 Peter the Great moved his capital from Moscow to the Baltic at St Petersburg.|
Both were forced into line during the communist regime, but today their rivalry is re-emerging, as President Putin has suggested that perhaps it is time to move some political power to the old capital.