MEKEMTA Jodel Bismarc | Sensory Architecture Competition winner’s interview
MEKEMTA Jodel Bismarc
I am a student and am currently working on my master thesis project. Writing inspires critical thinking in collective thinking which is key to the enlightenment of people' s consciousness. Already winner of several competitions and architecture prizes published in international magazines, I am convinced that just as the writer heals society, architecture teaches, shares, balances and offers us a second life.
1. Can you introduce yourself in a personal and professional way?
My name is MEKEMTA Jodel Bismarc, from Cameroon and currently living in Lomé (Togo). I am 23 and a big fan of singing and photography. I am student at regional school of Architecture and urban planning EAMAU based in Lomé. Currently, I am working on my architecture master thesis project. I am an award-winner of several international competitions related to skyscrapers, refugees’ shelters, sea-level’s project, healthcare’s project, and many others, all published in many international magazines. I have also collaborated with different architects in many projects. So I easily join professional work and study.
2. What is your design philosophy?
My golden rule when it comes to design is to associate profoundly the nature. We are a part of Nature, and I believe that the use of its simplicity, its sensibility, and generosity ingeniously to figure out challenges that our humanity faced, can be benefit for us. Above all, before starting any design, I always try to find out for whom, how, why and in what context the project is intended. Because the result of the choice of design should contribute to the creation of a strong landscape brand and to achieve this, it requires a certain attention to the local culture, heritage, and technology.
3. What was your feeling when the winners were announced?
I was proud and honored. I learned a lot through this competition. Also, I felt a sense of satisfaction to have contributed with words, to inspire in this field which is the sensory architecture because for me the important thing in all this, is the well-being, it is to feel like a fish in the water wherever you could be.
4. Can you briefly explain your essay writing process, the source of ideas and, your understanding of the topic?
My essay treats mainly about how our environment influences the human’s sensation and how our internal state can be in phase with the space we design. For achieving it, we started by showing that Sensory architecture is an architecture of experience that awakens all the sense organs in order to make
us conscious with the environment in which we live. That's possible with a harmonious balance of the space elements, the use of biophilic design and above all, as our internal state changes constantly. And, the implementation of an Alliesthesa's space can be an adjustable solution.
Also I searched a friendly, commonly and very open up title where everyone can start thinking about the concept of well-being without necessarily read the full text. Because for me, a title is like a skin of the content, and it needs to be very simple, of the fact that, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” ashe said Leonardo da Vinci. So I try to find out which expression can create a metaphoric link with our daily life. I finally got it, in my break time, when I contemplated the beach of Lomé where l saw a little kids jump in the water and their smiles make me understand the feeling that flow on them. So I asked myself how I could combine this three elements: water, Kids and smile. And like a Boomerang on my heard I got an idea.
I understand the subject as one that treats the notion of consciousness of the spaces in which we live. I think that as soon as we come into this world, we have explored the sensory notion because by screaming, the baby gets in touch with its environment but in an unconscious way. But the most important thing in our design is not to live unconsciously our spaces but rather consciously.
5. When and how you were first introduced to the topic of Sensory Architecture?
In most of my projects, I usually emphasize this. And precisely when I worked with my teammates on the design of a floating health center in Senegal. We used the principles of organic architecture, light, the presence of water was the natural therapeutic element for patients.
6. What measures will you take/ taking to introduce the philosophy of sensory architecture to practice?
As the architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said, "my favorite project is my next one", I believe that in our daily practice, placing the occupant of the building at the center of our thinking, devoting particular attention to the way a space can affect him in the short and long term is already a first step. Furthermore, taking advantage of the diversity of our environment will allow us to improve our architectural choices because we form a unique whole.
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