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    The Sensual City path

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    The climate

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    Built landscapes

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    On the waterside

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    In the sky

    The skyline has become one of our urban horizons, creating a new familiarity. The term, previously reserved for American metropolises, now applies to all large vertical cities throughout the entire world.
    The skyline is a landscape created by those looking at it. It cannot exist without spectators who break down, frame and reassemble disparate architectural motifs into a coherent whole based on the singularity of their appreciation. The pleasure of the skyline, rather than resting in its size, lies in the individual’s understanding of its composition.
    There is also the specific pleasure of appreciating the city as a stage setting and a panorama. This enjoyment is also provided by the contrast between the context of the observer’s viewpoint and that of the sheer size of the skyline to be contemplated.
    But the skyline can also become a source of anxiety. The construction of skyscrapers completely reorganises the urban landscape and upsets, occasionally violently, it’s associated historic representations. This is why the skyline has become as much an object of discussion as it is a source of contemplation.
    When discussing town planning, it is now essential to incorporate ideas concerning city skylines. The challenge lies in sharing points of view and agreeing on how the sky should be broken up. While the ground level and buildings all have owners, the views of the city belong to everyone. In cities, the “right to have views” should now be taken into consideration as, quite clearly, the urban landscape is a shared asset.

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        23 KM AND 24 TOTEMS

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        Competition | Shanghai | China | 2016

        There, where the spirit blows.

        The totem exudes a symbolic resonance: it is a constant in a shifting landscape, through its verticality and sculptural structure, it manifests a poetic and mysterious presence. In an urban context marked by change and movement, this quietly powerful structure offers those who discover it a sensory experience. A precious and finely woven object, it is made up of an assembly of modules, a tactile and visual testimony to local craft. The ceramic embodies this constructive beauty in its evocative materiality. The totem creates a central point as its weft spreads through the surrounding land. It radiates outwards across the ground, externalizing the services that respond to a contextualized urban quality for each site. A fantastical object, the totem is also a living, changing sign: the curtain of LED lights surrounding it assimilates the features of its environment (lights adjust to the weather, time of night or day, reflections on the river).

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    Movement and balance

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    The materiality of cities

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