Manifesta 13 Marseille

Le Grand Puzzle



ISBN: 9783775747639 Category:

Manifesta 13 Marseille, Winy Maas


The European Nomadic Biennial Manifesta takes place every two years in a different European city. The biennial rethinks the relations between culture and society, investigating and catalyzing positive social change in Europe through contemporary culture in a continuous dialogue with its host city. Manifesta’s founding director, Hedwig Fijen invited the architectural bureau MVRDV led by Winy Maas to develop an urban research of the city of Marseille.

This new methodology, is a manner to decipher the complex settings of the cities that invite the biennial. In the study, multilayered structures of religion, ethnicity, geography, culture and politics are explored. Breaking away from its particular focus on art and culture, Manifesta has become an interdisciplinary and participatory program that aims to embrace holistic approaches that are uniting political, cultural and ecological questions within the host city.

Additional information

Weight 775 g
Dimensions 17 x 22.9 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 1 February 2021
Number of pages 352
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Text by Hedwig Fijen
Dimensions 17 x 22.9 cm
Weight 775 g


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MVRDV was founded in 1991 and has its headquarters in Rotterdam. It is currently one of the most successful Dutch architectural offices. Maas also heads up The Why Factory (T?F), a research institute part of the technical university of Delft, that explores the development of cities and designs urban models for the future. MVRDV, together with The Why Factory, led the research for Le Grand Puzzle.