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    The Sensual City path

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    The climate

    Architecture is not just a matter of construction.
    It is also a question of atmosphere.
    It is now possible to create environments that are more comfortable and energy-saving without abandoning the architect’s principal aim which is to determine an atmosphere. This is achieved by controlling the environmental techniques that allow a better management of flows, light, noise and temperature.
    But there needs to be an acceptance that not all should be controlled. The desire to control a building’s environment has led, for example, to the creation of inwardly focussed, neutral, sanitised spaces that are completely isolated from the outside world. An example of this can be seen with these gigantic, automatically controlled glasshouses that have no relationship whatsoever with their surrounding environment. Completely self-enclosed and identical under all circumstances, they are a negation of the outside world. Paradoxically, the contemporary concern for global warming is leading us to create climate-free worlds from which the inconveniences as well as the pleasures of the various seasons are banished.
    But what makes the atmosphere of a setting is precisely its capacity to recognise and accept the climate, to adapt to rather than deny the changing atmospheric environment. Bioclimatic architecture considers that rather than being hostile, the climate is a source of well-being. It is an architecture that learns to live with the changing seasons and is able, thanks to this approach, to protect or expose itself to its characteristics.

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        Sequence shot, accompanied by zooms.
        Interior │ Evening │ Paris.
        Beginning of the loop.
        The sky is suddenly covered with thick clouds. A torrential spring rainstorm falls on the city. Place de la Concorde is filmed in the rain from inside a car driving round the Place. The rain can be seen in the golden glow of the headlights. Surprised by the downpour, smiling pedestrians rush to take shelter. Just a loving couple remains, kissing in the rain at the foot of the obelisk. Water flows in all directions: on the facades of buildings, bouncing off umbrellas, rushing down gutters.
        The city lights can be seen through the rain streaming down a car’s windscreen. Water slides along the camera lens, distorting and blurring the image.
        End of the loop.

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    Built landscapes

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    On the waterside

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    In the sky

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    Movement and balance

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    The materiality of cities

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