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    The Sensual City path

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    The climate

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    Built landscapes

    In an increasingly urbanised and industrialised society that has destructive effects on the environment, it is necessary recreate links between the city and nature.
    The many times reiterated demands from citizens to develop a real proximity between city and nature makes it clear that the city is no longer seen as a space where nature is kept at a distance. It is now appreciated as a symbiotic space where people can use the presence of nature to revitalize their spirits.
    The type of nature discussed here cannot simply be expressed by a few areas of greenery that are all too often no more than a domesticated natural settings. What is now being sought is more the physical expression of ecosystems developing within the very heart of the city, favouring the existence of a spontaneous flora and fauna. This biodiversity represents the living fabric of the city, allowing regeneration through the forces of germination and dissemination.
    If we allow nature to return to the city, we will also learn to be more attentive to all that geometric town planning has led us to forget: the quality of the water and air, the rhythm of the seasons, the natural day-night cycle and so on. These elements, all too often ignored, are essential to our existence.
    In this new approach, the city is more than simply a landscape combining nature and artefact; it is an inhabited environment, a living fabric within which various organisms have created a balance.

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        EXPO FRANCE 2025

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        Competition │ Paris │ France │ 2012

        with Jacques Ferrier Architecture

        Roland Garros must preserve its unique identity in relation to the other Grand Slam tournaments. We suggest that the entire Roland Garros site, and in particular the historic triangle, should be considered as a single landscape interweaving city and nature. Buildings and green spaces merge to form a ‘built landscape’ in the heart of Paris. This ‘built landscape’ is a principle that can be tailored to the project proposed by the chosen landscape designer. To unify these two distinctly independent projects, we have devised a strategy: restructuring the buildings in the historic triangle (excluding the main courts) and landscaping, ensuring all of the work comes together in a coherent project as laid out in the master plan. Our project, which we have named ‘Roland Garros and spring’, places special emphasis on its sensory and sensual dimensions. With its atmosphere, its location and the services it provides, Roland Garros is a place to enjoy the city, that awakens all the senses of visitors, players, and organizers alike. The buildings and landscaping we are proposing reveal this sensory dimension, encompassed within a general topography that governs the very concept of our architectural design. The three main elements we focussed on were the organization building, the secondary courts and the interface with the underground areas. These emerge as three types of built landscape: a viewing mountain, hills, and subterranean caves. This landscape brings to mind the spring – the season in which the tournament takes place.

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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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