Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris. Project, 2002
The urban experience is inherently modern; there is no life outside of the urban realm. Urbanity is what touches us the most, what forms our quotidian. It is immediately tangible, not elsewhere; there is no outside of the city, it is our very horizon. Europe is our horizon, our landscape, and urbanity our interior. Our perception of urbanisation has therefore changed. Urbanisation has conquered the whole of European territory.
What was once a metaphor for Paul Valéry (but already much more than that) has become a reality: Europe is one great city with a heart of 200 million inhabitants. But more than this and without negating former models of urban life, a new form of urbanisation has appeared; rectilinear and non-hierarchical.