M13 — Le Grand Puzzle
Le Grand Puzzle is the urban research by MVRDV and The Why Factory led by Winy Maas commissioned by Manifesta 13 Marseille. It was commissioned as the foundational step of Manifesta 13 Marseille and as a new model of creative mediation that serves both as a blueprint for Marseille to plan its future and as a research framework to ensure that Manifesta 13 achieved a long-term impact for the city and its citizens. In Le Grand Puzzle, Marseille is addressed as a complex mosaic of fragments and sometimes lost identities unfolding from centuries of exchange between civilisations, where the city’s material archaeology, cultural legacy, histories, and ecosystems testify to Marseille multiculturalism and syncretism. The visual identity of Manifesta 13 Marseille was developed by French design studio Super Terrain. Le Grand Puzzle is published by the German publisher Hatje Cantz. The book is for sale here.
Book, English and French version, 166 x 228 mm, 336 pages, softcover, Munken paper