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To be attractive, while easy to live in, the city today must be endowed with two qualities seemingly contradictory:

– Offer enough open space for organizing movement and for receiving a transportation infrastructure that meets the needs of a population on the move.

– Provide density to accommodate the necessary increase and intensification of human exchange, whether cultural or commercial.

On one hand, open space shouldn’t be too slack, while on the other, density should be properly assessed, in order to either affirm its presence or on the contrary balance its weight.

If the manufacture of the city requires a collective work and committed uphill battle against politicians, bureaucracy, and economic forces, it comes to fruition as well with the help and knowledge of urban space specialists and architects. HOw to conceive of space cut to measure, capable of condensing all the activities it wishes to incorporate into its density? How to capture the energy density gives off without being overwhelmed by its pressure?

It was first of all by reflecting upon the resulting permeability of combining two significant archetypes of architectural composition, the courtyard and the pavilion, that ateliers 2/3/4/ sought to establish a link between space and density. (the courtyard, bound in its internal nature, is the expression of a community in search of harmony, while the pavilion, in the detachment it attains, expresses independence.)