PRINT April 1986


A park grows in Paris. Bernard Tschumi’s La Villette project.

PARIS—Parc de la Villette, an “urban park for the 21st century.” . . . Client: the French government; architect: Bernard Tschumi Architects, Paris/New York. . . . 125 acres in the northeast of the city, a working class neighborhood bordered by a major highway, an industrial canal, and the new Musée des sciences, des techniques et des industries. . . . Method: dissociation and heterogeneity, resulting from the superimposition of three independent systems of points, lines, and surfaces. . . . Points: a grid of 30 three-story buildings, designated as folies (Fr. madness, unreason), which will house the various programmatic functions, including restaurants, cinemas, video workshops, day-care center, bars, etc. The folies are made up of combinations and permutations of different structural elements. Material: bright red porcelain steel. . . . Lines: two covered gallerias, composed of roofed

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