Ferrier Marchetti Sensual City Studio
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    The Sensual City path

    Extending an approach we have taken in a number of urban projects, we consider that each urban situation provides an opportunity to explore a conceptual framework based on the way that people will inhabit the city of tomorrow. Our starting point is to examine current and potential future ways of living, working, travelling and consuming in the city. Our aim, prior to designing any forms, is to create an environment that permits diversity and changing uses, and to incorporate these into a specific geography and historical context. The intention is to replace a geometric urbanism with an urbanism based on atmospheres, materialities and context in a way that intermingles architecture and landscape. And that uses the most advanced technologies to create a sensual city.

    The Sensual City is a project that answers the urgent question of what urban planning should be both today and tomorrow. The urban culture developed in the 20th century is steadily expanding and over half the world’s population now lives in cities, a proportion that is continually increasing and causing functional problems on an unprecedented scale. It is a situation that threatens our planet’s resources, as well as the way we live together in cities.
    In the western world, there is a need to go beyond the traditional model of the historical urban model –European and American- , take a fresh look not only at the city core, but also at the suburbs, the infrastructure, the transportation systems… and accept that they represent a fully-fledged contemporary urban landscape. Throughout the world and on all continents, giant cities with over ten million inhabitants are taking form. In the 21st century, hundreds of millions of people will find themselves living in an exclusively urban environment, an artificial universe in which technology will be omnipresent. The modernist city, placing emphasis on infrastructures and zoning, will deploy its ordinary, internationalist architecture throughout the planet and mass-produce urban worlds completely lacking in quality. Elsewhere, cities find themselves governed by nostalgia ; there are many towns in Europe and North America that suffer from this fate.
    With the Sensual City, our intention is to develop an alternative approach, one in which technology is not obtrusive nor an end in itself. On the contrary, as technology is perfected it becomes invisible, it disappears from view and allows people to live in cities that can be construed as built landscapes, designed to offer a full sensorial experience. The city becomes an environment that incorporates a high level of sustainable development as well as a setting where people can take pleasure in living together and relate to its history as the founding source of civilization. To achieve these ends, it is essential that the city be deeply rooted to its specific culture, climate and geography.

    • 1.1.

      Debate

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      Proposals

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         A HISTORY OF THRESHOLDS: LIFE, DEATH & REBIRTH [BOOK]

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         ARCHITECTURE AS NON-OPPRESSIVE DESIGN

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         EXPO FRANCE 2025

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        Consultation │ France │ 2017

        France plays host to the world.

        There is little doubt that an awareness of a less formal, more human-oriented architecture will be in the ascendant over the coming years. Expo 2025 must translate this new way of thinking into building better urban environments. With this in mind, the Global Village pavilions, temporary structures, the same size for every nation, are an important opportunity to foster emulation that calls for intelligent, relevant constructive solutions, rather than mere spectacle. Each nation’s resources will be better distributed between the content and the context: the shows, meetings, and interactive activities being the main goal of each pavilion to draw in visitors. These new types of national pavilion work as both autonomous entities, hosting the exhibition and the events programmed by each nation, and as a group of countries which, together, carry a shared message on the theme of the exhibition. The compact nature of the site encourages a sense of closeness between nations on a scale not previously seen in universal exhibitions.

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         IMPRESSIONISMUS

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         LENS 108

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         FURNITURE 108

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         TABLEAU MÉDITERRANÉE

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         MINDWALKS [BOOK]

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         THE INVISIBLE CITY

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        ITINERANT EXHIBITION

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        CLIMATE DEVICE

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        BELLE MEDITERRANÉE [BOOK]

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        IDEES MULTIPLES

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        THE SENSUAL STATION

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        WE LOVE SENSUAL CITY

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        LA PARISIENNE

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        INVISIBLE CITIES

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        THE 6 SENS RESTAURANT FRESCO

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      Films

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      Conferences

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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

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    Movement and balance

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    Nightscape

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    The materiality of cities

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    Informations

  • 10.

    Index