A Lung for the City

By Cedric Price

Cedric Price (1934–2003), Competition entry for the Parc de la Villette, Paris, 1982–1983. Ithograph on paper with painted mylar overlay, 350 × 465 mm. DMC 1438.

The following has been excerpted from Cedric Price, 1984.

A lung for the city. A 24-hour workshop where all can extend their knowledge and delight in learning. From its start and throughout its construction and development, all must be welcomed to observe its continuous growth and change. No area should be hidden and no hour inappropriate. The opportunity to work as well as dream echoes the potential of the future. […] People, service and activities are layered to enable a filigree of voluntary movement and self-choice activity. Not all areas are used, and not all the enclosure designated. The individual is in control and the park is the intelligent, friendly toy that invites investigation.