TRANSPLANT: Bio shelthers that make smiling

  • Prize
    Jury's Favorite in Architectural Design - Emergency and Temporary housing
  • University
    Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble
  • Lead Designer
    MEKEMTA Jodel Bismarc
  • Location

More than 5.6 million people have fled Syria since the war began in 2011, seeking safety in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and beyond (UNHCR, 2018). Turkey alone has received more than 3.6 million Syrians during this period. However, this situation leads to problems related to the sudden increase in population, creating growing tensions between Turks and Syrians.
Thus the project called TRANSPLANT, integrates as an existing part of the Turkish culture by promoting the integration of Syrian refugees and their participation in the Turkish daily life.
The project has several objectives such as: education, sustainability,easy and cheap maintenance,community, access to resources, use of local materials, modularity, flexibility. Our project is integrated into the existing urban fabric to give visibility to future occupants. The design approach is based on the Syrian courtyard creating a kind of veil that allows for privacy and fosters community spirit.
Earthen construction is a traditional technique in Turkey. We opted for shelters with a prefabricated wooden supporting structure. The walls are made of self-locking mud brick.This brick can be dismantled and reused if the shelter is deserted.

I'm from Cameroon and currently living in France. I'm an architect graduated from EAMAU in 2021 and now preparing my Master degree in innovation design at ENSA Grenoble. I have won several international competitions on skyscrapers, refugee shelters, sea level project, health care project, and many others, all published in many international magazines. I have also collaborated with different architects in many projects. So I could easily combine professional work and studies. I am convinced that, just as the writer heals society, architecture teaches,shares,balances and gives us a second life.

Other prizes
- BLT Build Design Awards 2021 - Jury's Favorite in Architectural design- Emergency and Temporary Housing - BLT Build Design Awards 2021 - Winner in Architectural design- Emergency and Temporary Housing - BLT Build Design Awards 2021 - Winner in Architectural Design-Industrial Building - Architecture Master Prize - Industrial Building Award, 2021 - Speaker at the DigitalFUTURES Young: Sea Level and Climate Change,April 2021 - First Prize for Essay competition to write about Sensory Architecture organized by Archiol, February 2021 - Winner of AWARDS 37th Cycle - student category, organized by World architecture community, May 2020 - Winner of AWARDS 35th Cycle - student category, organized by World architecture community, November 2020 - First prize in skyscraper competition organized by Archeathon, February 2020 - First prize Gaudi Award Green Building Category organized by Silkmatters, November 2020 - Second Winner/ Lagos city of water competition 2020, septembre 2020 - Third Prize/ Archigenieur ; local healthcare facility in Africa, Octobre 2020 - Top 10 Entries/ Arcdeck ; The Radical design Project 2020, Août 2020 - Shortlisted/ UNI Design ; CityScraper 2020, Novembre 2020 - Shortlisted/ Art urbain ; Les villes, bourgs et villages - Les mobilités pour tous, Novembre 2020 - Shortlisted/ UNI Design ; Habitats '20 award 2020, Novembre 2020 - Shortlisted/ AWARDS 36th Cycle ; Designed 2020, Decembre 2020 - Shortlisted/ Autumn World Campus Masters Selective Graduation Design Program 2020, - People’s Choice/ UNI Design ; HEAL + Regenerative housing for Kerala, Fevrier 2019 - 19th place / World Architecture Project Competition 2020/ KASLIK WORKSHOP, Decembre 2020,