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.

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        Delivered │ Paris │ France │ 2012

        With the launch of the international consultation for stations in the Greater Paris area, the Studio found the ideal context for the deployment of its philosophical concepts associated with the sensual city. The scheme was intended to define stations according to the specific features of the environment in which they are located, to deliver efficient and user-friendly spaces for the use of travellers, which are both open to the city and marked by common characteristics for the entire network. While the quality of public facilities and their incorporation into the urban environment are of fundamental importance, the scheme will also sow the seeds for the achievement of a new and urbane quality. Based upon the pursuit of atmospheric urban development, the Studio therefore couched its proposal in terms of the humanistic perspective which informs its policy. This position provides a response to the apparent contradiction in the brief, which emphasizes the creation of a specific and shared identity for stations on the GPE, whilst requiring compliance with the commitment to local municipal authorities that each station should be rooted in its respective territory. By transposing the formal recognition of facilities into an approach based upon the perception of space – the quality of air, light, sounds, smells and textures – the JFA-SCS group has expressed the all-encompassing qualities of the network in terms of shared ambiances and sensory experiences, rather than in terms of form. This approach gives a substantially free rein to the creativity of the future designers, who will be guided in their decisions by three charters which are intended to ensure the standardization of all stations on the future metro network: the architecture and development charter, the spatial design charter, and the facilities integration charter, established by SCS.


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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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    The materiality of cities

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