Le Grand Puzzle

Publication, 2020

Le Grand Puzzle is the urban study, commissioned by Manifesta 13 Marseille to the Rotterdam based architectural studio MVRDV and The Why Factory led by Winy Maas.

The book is the result of intensive research – made from 2018 to the start of 2020 – by an international team of architects and urbanists, in collaboration with Manifesta 13 and representatives of both Marseille institutions and universities. Le Grand Puzzle proposes a methodology, an agenda and an analysis to portray today’s Marseille and can be perceived as a ‘manifesto’ for the city.

Designed by Super Terrain.


From its inception, Manifesta has made publications an integral part of the biennial process as a way to document different elements of each edition, from the pre-biennial process to an in-depth look into our diverse programmes.

Through these publications, we aim to foster dialogue, expand knowledge and create a lasting legacy for each biennial edition. From in-depth essays and insight from Manifesta’s director, creative mediators and a wide variety of stakeholders, to captivating visuals and behind-the-scenes glimpses, our publications provide a comprehensive exploration of the ideas and concepts explored during our biennial.