“Our food resilience has never been more crucial.”
We don’t live in the woods anymore, we don’t grow crops in the cities. The classification of the territory by functions (Agricultural, Urban, Natural) has rigidified the occupation and use of the land. For too long “monofunctional”, the resilient city is perhaps the one that will reintroduce flexibility in the planning of space, favouring diversity on very fine scales.
How can the building, the block or the neighbourhood become a resource for its inhabitants?
How can a building be more than a shelter? How can a link between the place and the resident be re-established?. […]
Seen as a vast living environment, the contemporary city could thus provide a fusion of both its usually separate components, buildings on one side, greenery on the other. The interaction of these overlapping, superimposed two elements can generate new urban intensities, in which the built environment could be designed, from the start, as a shelter for the people and a receptacle for the living environment. […]
Willing to imagine the city as a vast living environment, we want to create harmony between our projects and their contexts inside the cityscape. Seeing an architecture project as part of a landscape implies to consider the site with a much broader perception, quite the reverse of a building designed as a solitary object. In this regard, and especially at a certain scale, a building can be thought of as a physical geography: it becomes an inhabited landscape. […]
Just like small geographical entities, some buildings have significant connections with the outside world, revealed and expressed through their materiality. Envisioned as an exchange surface, their envelope imparts a global coherence and a strong identity to the project. In such cases, the façade is not to be considered as a bi-dimensional flat board, but rather as a skin matching the building’s dynamics and complexities. […]
The degree of appropriation of a place depends on its general architectural quality, but also lays in the diversity of the exchanges it enables, by fuelling complex and evolutionary spatial practices. We see the programme as defining the client’s functional objectives, but also as the starting point of an amplification process. Projects implementing a programmatic diversity within a single building facilitate the creation of new synergies, inventing the story of each place, imagining the everyday life of each user, stimulating the inhabitants’ aspirations. […]