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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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        Delivered│ Shanghai │ China │ 2011

        with Jacques Ferrier Architecture

        There is a liquid intensity in Chinese life, where space is occupied like water, always filling hollows. If a mountain emerges, the water is driven elsewhere. In the West, things are planned, directed. There, to borrow a concept used by François Julien, it’s all about availability: enabling appropriation, breathing space, not projecting pre-defined uses. The occupation of the urban territory, the urban intensity is liquid, not fixed. This makes Shanghai a very vibrant city, made up of something other than stone and steel. For the moment, the Chinese are able to balance the increasing internationalisation of their cities with something so liquid that the sensory experience at their heart remains the same. The quality of their cities and their architecture has more to do with experiences than frozen images. Do they have more beautiful, or more monumental buildings? No, but they are much more alive.

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    The materiality of cities

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