Aggregated Figure: The City as Folded Blocks | Sarah Mansson & Federico Pessani | Via
The deformation of the original block, by means of folding, establishes new relationships between parts of the individual blocks, and between separated blocks as they start to aggregate to form a larger figure. The concept of aggregation thus leads to the definition of a new urban form, while still maintaining the formal concept of the original block as a built perimeter around an internal courtyard. This characteristic remains visible in the transition from block to aggregated figure. The fundamental importance of the role played by courtyards, originally provided as open urban spaces, is now redefined as the blocks are lifted from the ground. Removing the building from its ground allows the space of the courtyard to take on other identities—for example, acting as large apertures, redefining the relationships between interior and exterior of the figure, and allowing space for the new overall architectural composition.