Sensual City Studio

Imagine a city that is not just a single entity, but a place that absorbs, transforms, and expresses a whole, from Barcelona to Genoa. The word “city” is incapable of describing it, because “city” is much too small, narrow and old a term. [ + ]

Imagine a city that is not just a single entity, but a place that absorbs, transforms, and expresses a whole, from Barcelona to Genoa. The word “city” is incapable of describing it, because “city” is much too small, narrow and old a term. Imagine a spatial and social phenomenon of another type altogether, for which we would have to use the word “urban”, despite the difficulty of employing it as a noun since it has been an adjective for so long. Yet we must get used to using this word in order to better understand the geographical reality that has come into play over the course of the last few decades of generalized urbanization. This activity, it must be remembered, has in such a short time imposed its ways of life and its related spaces as a reference point. The world is being built with a new urban pervasiveness. Indeed, urbanization has become much more than a demographic movement. It has managed to replace the mode of reference of social organization (the industrial city that reigned from 1800 to 1950 and that was once one of the instruments of European domination) with another: the urban sphere, whose diffusion contributes to and is an expression of globalization and its new geographies of power. The word “city” thus no longer applies to what it seems to designate. In order to accept such an affirmation, the following question must be considered: Why do human beings build specific modes of arrangement of social reality that were once called cities, and that today are called urban formations? A geographer would respond that both terms refer to the possible material and ideal configurations invented by societies to address the issues of separation and distance, whilst managing to combine the major spatial strategies of co-presence, mobility, and more recently, telecommunications.

Michel Lussault

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IN TOWN LIKE AT HOME Single family housing neighbourhoods should be seen to be as much about the accumulation of appropriated outdoor spaces as the juxtaposition of isolated houses. The problem, until now, has been private housing estates, the juxtaposition of houses like so many little isolated cubes at the center of their plots. [ + ]

IN TOWN LIKE AT HOME

Single family housing neighbourhoods should be seen to be as much about the accumulation of appropriated outdoor spaces as the juxtaposition of isolated houses. The problem, until now, has been private housing estates, the juxtaposition of houses like so many little isolated cubes at the center of their plots. If the infatuation with houses is considered not from a doctrinaire perspective tinged in mild social disdain, but from the perspective of the actual experience which has led to this infatuation, progress is possible. On the one hand, plots can be made more compact. On the other, houses can be arranged to create an acceptable density – a horizontal density. Between a reasonable sized garden and a large patio, it is possible to provide for all the uses which persist in Mediterranean home life. Houses can be built to be adjacent, garages and service points might fill otherwise unusable spaces… In this way, land usage can be reduced to around 250 m2 per plot. Fences bordering the road will be designed so that, in the evening, it is possible to get out the pliants and have a chat with the neighbours while watching the children play in the summer heat, or join in discussions around a game of boules; the low walls around parcels can be used as benches. The neighbourhood street will become a public space, not officially, but simple, spontaneous and alive, not simply a throughway. Safety concerns will be addressed by building a genuine sense of community which will create a virtuous urban circle. No, houses are not the enemy of towns, and it is possible to feel at home in town spaces.

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CULTURE AND LEISURE Culture and leisure have become major elements in the perceived appeal of cities and a determining factor in the competition to attract a dynamic population, companies and investments. For the Mediterranean Arc, music and performance venues, cinemas, museums and libraries, but also the ever-growing variety of leisure activities, should not be exclusively linked to “town centres” but should be spread over the entire urban area, stretching along the coast. [ + ]

CULTURE AND LEISURE

Culture and leisure have become major elements in the perceived appeal of cities and a determining factor in the competition to attract a dynamic population, companies and investments. For the Mediterranean Arc, music and performance venues, cinemas, museums and libraries, but also the ever-growing variety of leisure activities, should not be exclusively linked to “town centres” but should be spread over the entire urban area, stretching along the coast. Specialist sports infrastructure, from stadiums to golf courses, sailing, trekking, and more, are also key. It also seems vital to us to include shopping centres, retail parks and other infrastructure linked to consumption in development plans. The boundaries between leisure, consumption and culture are becoming increasingly blurred in urban environments. Consumption – at once a pleasurable and stressful activity – has become so generic that, more than ever, it needs to include other offers aimed at meeting consumer demands or differentiating a product from a marketing perspective. Commerce, leisure, and culture (now condemned to emerge from its Ivory tower) have everything to win by integrating the coastal landscape in a synergetic and global vision.

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A PANORAMA OF THE SEA The coastal motorway is much more than a functional route: it represents an individual travel experience in a magnificent landscape with the shimmering marine horizon extending as far as the eye can see. The motorway, which runs continuously from Barcelona to Genoa, is currently the only infrastructure which unites the magnificent panorama of the Mediterranean Arc. [ + ]

A PANORAMA OF THE SEA

The coastal motorway is much more than a functional route: it represents an individual travel experience in a magnificent landscape with the shimmering marine horizon extending as far as the eye can see. The motorway, which runs continuously from Barcelona to Genoa, is currently the only infrastructure which unites the magnificent panorama of the Mediterranean Arc.

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SEARCH

Le Sensual City Studio est conçu comme un lieu de réflexion où se fabrique la pensée, long cheminement nécessaire au travail de conception et de réalisation des projets. Approcher l’espace dans sa complexité physique, fonctionnelle, sociologique, nécessite un décloisonnement des disciplines et un travail collectif : c’est ce que reflète la composition de l’équipe, étoffée par un riche faisceau de contributeurs. Cette démarche, à la croisée des savoirs et de la création, permet la rencontre des regards : une  démarche de co-construction ouverte qui enrichit la compréhension des enjeux et donne un sens à la conduite des projets menés au sein du Studio. Cette posture de recherche et d’approfondissement s’inscrit dans la tradition humaniste du studio, cabinet d’étude de la Renaissance où sciences et arts convergent et se nourrissent de leurs apports mutuels.

Cette interface est la matérialisation métaphorique de notre démarche : elle propose de partager une série de projets conçus dans des cadres variés et des logiques de recherche ponctuelles ou récurrentes. Que cela soit en déplaçant les cadres d’une commande ou en se créant des opportunités de réflexion, le projet reste le même : celui de la ville sensuelle.

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