THE FOLDING CITY In southern Italy, between Foggia and San Severo, well hidden in the inhospitable landscape, there is a village, a ghetto housing up to 1,500 illegal migrant workers from Sub-Saharan Africa working the surrounding fields. The village grows and shrinks, adapting instantly to the number of workers hired on as field hands. The pattern of symmetrical structures, all with the same structure, paradoxically answers not only basic urban planning criteria, but seems to reflect contemporary architectural functions and aesthetic drive. A road network connecting the housing converges around modular common areas where community life takes place. The area for gatherings, a few restaurants, shops, a discotheque, are all strictly “folding”. Even the concept of zero impact construction is cu- riously fulfilled; the buildings are made completely from recycled material, often discarded or leftover from agricultural work.