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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

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    Movement and balance

    The advent of modernity kick started a movement in the city that has not slowed down since. Everything is in a state of constant movement and seems to have accelerated since the 1970s with travel being faster and distances covered greater. The pace of life has also changed, considerably increasing travel movements made within a given time frame.
    But while we travel faster from point A to point B, experience has shown us that we have simultaneously created impoverished spaces. Little is seen of the urban landscape we travel through and this is due to the increased speed which renders our relationship to space particularly abstract. As our speed accelerates, we spend proportionally less time in any one place.
    Should we slow down? Should we return to green forms of transport, such as walking and cycling? It is possible that, in the future, our journeys will be more based on choice, on agreed speeds. This is because mobility is a matter of perception. The means of transport shape and modify our perception of urban space. A same setting is appreciated quite differently depending on whether the person is walking, cycling, driving or taking the tram.
    In establishing our relationship to the city, it is necessary to find a mobility that gives a fresh point of view through movement, permits a dynamic perception of volumes and spaces and, as such, sharpens our visual sense. But this type of mobility with its raised awareness also participates in our thinking concerning the aesthetic principles governing the creation of infrastructures, establishing a structured visual order, coherent visual sequences and a clear readability of the landscape.

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        Competition │ Sant Adrià de Besòs │ Spain│ 2015

        Passatge Besòs is an international competition addressed to architects, urban planners and technical designers with experience in city planning, organized by the Consorci del Besòs in collaboration with the Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement (IVM, Paris) which aims to select a proposal to improve the existing underpass under the railway that connects Sant Adrià with the sea, the tram and the site of the former Besòs power station. “The passage of light” is a proposal with a strong emphasis on the experience of passersby that demonstrates sensitivity to the fact that the site is first and foremost the point of connection between Sant Adrià and the sea. It theatrically explores how light transforms things and its relationship with the underpass. This scheme sets out to harmonise the complex play of elements in the environment by reinterpreting access points as rest areas or plazas by incorporating staggered levels for seating and other classic urban landscape elements. Using light as a design element is the best tactic possible for beautifying a subterranean environment.

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    The materiality of cities

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