The fundamentals of human life in these first cities did not differ greatly from ours today. From the love of good food expertly cooked and enjoyed with friends and family, to the need to work and the pleasures of shopping, their daily live mirror ours... By 2000 BC, as Mumford has said, 'most of the physical organs of the cities had been created.' These were recognisably cities in the modern sense of the word.
P.D. Smith: Cities, A Guidebook For the Urban Age
If the fundamentals of human life, and the cities which reflect those fundamentals, have not changed in 4000 years, will they have changed 2000 or 4000 years in the future? And how will those changes (if any) affect the cities our far-future descendants inhabit?