The Arcade Project is a project written by the German critic Walter Benjamin between 1927 and 1940. It is a collection of writings on the city life in Paris in the 19th century.
The magic columns of these palaces
Show to the amateur on all sides,
In the objects their porticos display,
That industry is the rival of the arts.
-Nouveaux Tableaux de Paris (paris, 1828), vol. 1, p. 27