This first chapter refers more to a context than to a delimited and specific territory. Before colonizing minds, urbanity has taken over every corner of the globalized world, because everything, or almost everything, that happens in the metropolis also reverberates outside. The urban space produces architecture and design but also attitudes and lifestyles that mark the citizens by their formal and conceptual input, wherever they live. Contemporary art is on the front line as an expression of the state of society, reflecting on this universe and carrying messages that transcend the decorative or playful patterns surrounding us to emphasize a deeper meaning. The projects shown here deal with a multitude of usages and temporalities of the city: as a background for a state of mind, an inspiration for imagining a better life, a pretext for a “parallel composition”.