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  • 1.

    The Sensual City path

  • 2.

    The climate

  • 3.

    Built landscapes

  • 4.

    On the waterside

    Collected, transported and shared, water is fundamental to urban life. In the centuries before pipes and taps individualised our relations to water, the well and the fountain organised the life of communities, making water an element of sociability. Water was also the organiser of major communications routes assuring the transport of merchandise, people and knowledge.
    But, in today’s world, the city seems obsessed by its fear of water: flooding, pollution, sanitary risks, hygiene, drinking water, clean rivers, the drying out of water tables and so on.
    It is necessary to rediscover the magic that water can represent. Lying behind the mundanity of our relationship to water there is a trace of an urban imagination forged by water. This, for example, is the case of port towns with their dreams of distant exotic seas. The water flowing down rivers reflect the passage of time and forgetfulness. The water of lakes evokes contemplation and the assuaging of the senses, while the waves breaking on the beaches next to urban centres conjure up ideas of leisure and joy. All these various types of water are simply aspects of a single and same element that increases the city’s fluidity and depth.

    • 4.1.

      Proposals

      • 4.1.1.

        LAKES

        T X T

        In progress | Vilamoura | Portugal | 2017
        with Jacques Ferrier Architecture

        The master plan concept design of Lakes is not an urban project but a regional project that takes into account the different territorial components and challenges, from the topography to the infrastructure, landscape, context or the history of the site. The project is an extension of the existing city of Vilamoura. Extending and providing continuity to the different services that can be found downtown, reinforcing synergies with the nearby activities like the Parque Ambiental, Uptown Vilamoura, the beach, the many golf courses or the equestrian center. This project is conceived so it becomes an extension of the natural landscape, where a sensitive and human urbanism awakens the senses.

        One of the main features of the Lakes development is the continuation of Vilamoura’s “Loop” which ties the city together and provides residents an easy and friendly way to move around. It is a key element of the concept that helps articulate the many uses and activities that will be found in the project. It also encourages residents and non-residents to use soft mobility transportation system across Vilamoura.

        At sunset, the freshness brought by the loop that runs along the lake brings neighbors out of their homes. Families head to the island to find an evening ice, retirees go on their weekly fitness trail, and young people find themselves in the small squares throughout the project. The loop links all neighborhoods and encourages encounters.

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      • 4.1.2.

        FURNITURE 108

      • 4.1.3.

        TABLEAU MÉDITERRANÉE

      • 4.1.4.

        HUANGPU RIVER EAST SIDE BANK

      • 4.1.5.

        PARQUE DEL RIO MEDELLIN

      • 4.1.6.

        NAVY PIER CHICAGO

      • 4.1.7.

        HISTORY MUSEUM OF YICHANG

      • 4.1.8.

        SETE’S FERRY TERMINAL

    • 4.2.

      Fresco

    • 4.3.

      Leitmotiv

  • 5.

    In the sky

  • 6.

    Movement and balance

  • 7.

    Nightscape

  • 8.

    The materiality of cities

  • 9.

    News

  • 10.

    Informations

  • 11.

    Index