Bernard Tschumi's award-winning urban design for the Parc de la Villette, located in north-east Paris on a 125-acre plot that had been used as a site for abattoirs, proposed a new architectural urban logic by operating simultaneously on two registers: pursuing an axiomatic structural logic and operating through manifold structural transformations. The entire architectural site hinges ultimately on a dynamic conception of structure. In order to chart the structural strategies underlying the park's design, one needs to examine the unique mode of spatial organization inherent in the Folies, each of which is a ‘10 × 10 × 10 metre cube or a three-storey construction’ distributed throughout the park at ‘120-metre intervals’: ‘The strict repetition of the basic 10 × 10 × 10 metre Folie is...

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