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The never-ending expansion of urban spaces compels us to rethink the way we wish to experience our towns and cities. The world is now made up of layers of complex, superimposed infrastructures, whose daily operation is made possible only by the omnipresence of technology – which, while enormously useful to us, has nevertheless become an authoritarian component of our lives, forcing us to adapt to new spatial practices that lead us to feel more and more passive, and less and less like actors and stakeholders.More
Extending our approach taken to a large number of city projects, we consider that each urban situation provides an opportunity to explore a conceptual framework based on the way that people will inhabit the city of tomorrow. Our starting point is to examine current and potential future ways of living, working, travelling and consuming in the city. The aim, prior to any formalisation, is to create an environment that permits diversity and changing uses, and incorporate these into a geography and a history. The intention is to replace a geometric urbanism by an urbanism based on atmospheres, materialities and context in a way that intermingles architecture and landscape, and that uses the most advanced technologies to create a sensual city...More
The existence of any architectural or urban-planning project is entirely dependent on the quality of the partnership between client and creator, and the complicity between the two. Clients, as project initiators, play an essential role in terms of innovation: since it is they who formulate the initial request, it is also they who are in the best position to guide the architect toward new avenues of exploration and provide answers to the questions of our time. Furthermore, this is true regardless of the scale of the project. Indeed, I could describe my career in terms of a series of encounters, some of which were disappointing and did not result in a satisfactory project, while others were exciting and marked by successful realizations...More
Questions linked purely to the energy consumption of buildings no longer interest me. They are now a routine part of technical design and are taken into consideration by industrial production and system manufacturers. Creating a building that consumes little in the way of energy has become banal; in fact, it would be more accurate to say that reduced energy consumption implies a banal building, as reflection has been replaced by an avalanche of standards and regulations that stifle any attempt at imaginative design...More
My work in China forms part of a universe of mutual influences. My approach is in no way that of a “Western” architect who seeks to preach the good word on the international stage. Instead, it is an approach based on a continuous dialogue on creation between two continents that is as old as Marco Polo’s travels...More
Today, over half of the world’s population lives in towns and cities – an ever-growing proportion that obliges us to envisage another urban system. The nostalgic black-and-white opposition between town and country is no longer relevant. The city must be designed and planned as an overarching landscape that reconciles the natural and the man-made. It must become a non-oppressive world where technology works for humankind, not the other way around...More
An architect is not an artist, and indeed I have never considered myself thus. Architecture is the work of an author – work that must formalize, in a unique vision, the expectations and aspirations of an era. The architect must build something that fits with reality – a concept that became extraordinarily complex in the course of the 20th century, taking architecture far from the historical bases to which it had been anchored for centuries...More
The projects presented in this exhibition are at the cutting edge of what will be our shared values in the sustainable urban society of tomorrow: they go beyond the technical or doctrinaire, and above all are architectural projects – and, more specifically, projects for architecture in the city...More
The idea of truth is a question that has fascinated me for a long time, as I like to manipulate ideas before manipulating forms. The hypothesis of a constructive truth makes it possible to create a sort of continuous chain between initial data and a final result, rather like a mathematical proof. My scientific background means I am predisposed to feeling at ease with anything that resembles logical construction, and indeed I very much like Mies van der Rohe’s definition of architecture as “the real battleground of the spirit”...More
Light is, of course, an essential element of any project, but exactly what light are we talking about? Conventional architectural production is bathed in an ideal light that reveals surfaces and volumes through the interplay of crisp shadows and sharply defined areas of brightness. It is this light that architects ask photographers to reproduce in the images of their works destined for publication, immortalizing buildings in a state where they are forever protected from the dangers of real lighting that are much more complex and uncertain...More
Jacques Ferrier Architecture is looking for an intern (+3 years) for its Paris office for a period of three to six months.
He or she will be involved on prestigious competitions in France and abroad, as well as on different study and construction phases.
Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.