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‘Continuité’ competition design

In the 1920s, Paris was the nerve centre of the European avant-garde. Van Eesteren worked on a prestigious project there: a traffic plan for the centre of Paris.

He came up with a radical proposal: demolish the existing city centre and replace it with broad thoroughfares flanked by high-rise construction. The project sharpened his mind. He came to the insight that a good urban design is not based on the historical city alone, but on the analysis of traffic, recreation, living and working as well. With this conception of the Functional City he laid the foundations for the urbanism of the 20th century.

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