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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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        Competition│ Agde │ France │ 2014

        with Jacques Ferrier Architecture

        The Mediterranean city is, above all, a variery of sensations: the intense blue of the sky, the shimmering sea, pine trees gently swaying, the dappled, shifting shade of the plane trees, washing hanging at windows like in postcards, the thin lines of lights seeping through closed shutters into a cool, darkened room during a siesta; but also the sounds, the particular character of the breeze, the metallic clunk of boules, the buzz of a moped and the intrusion of a car horn, conversations late into the night; smells of cooking drifting into the street with the intimacy of meals, the overbearing perfume of a passerby, sun cream in summer, pollution exacerbated by the heat and mixed with spices, rosemary and lavender… Such impressions are difficult to capture in a town planning manual.

        Extract from the book « La Belle Méditerranée », Sensual City Studio

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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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