Carole Schmit, “Opportunisme transnational” in Actar (ed.), Mutations: USE Uncertain States of Europe: Stefano Boeri et Multiplicity, Rem Koolhaas et Harvard Design School Project on the City, Sandword Kwinter et Daniela Fabricius, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nadia Tazi, 2000, 338-343, 386-387.
Mutations have been a major event attempting to leave the 20th century by offering a critical feedback on what happened during the past decade in the world’s cities. The slogan `the world is the city` is a provocation by the idea that every place on our planet is impacted by urbanisation. Facts tell us that more than 50% of world population lives in cities. And this trend is even more growing. Mutations is an exhibition that first opened in Bordeaux at Arc-en-rêve centre d’architecture in 2000. Opportunisme transnational is one of a series of emerging phenomenon that have an influence on the shape of the European territory. It describes how and why people cross borders everyday. Economic, social and cultural opportunism of individuals are the driving force for a territory that becomes a dynamic and heterogenous space defined by a dense network of infrastructure and mobility.