Here, we ask designers to take a selfie and give us an inside look at their life.
Occupation: Spatial designer.
Hometown: New York City
Studio location: Tse Addo Accra, Ghana
Describe what you make: I create spaces out of ruins through the practice of my architecture and design studio in Accra, Ghana, which questions, explores, and challenges the current built environment in what we define as “Afropocenia.”
The most important thing you’ve designed to date: Freedom Skatepark. My studio was tasked with developing the masterplan for what will essentially be the first fully recreational park in Accra. The importance of this project is that it proves that we, as young designers, live in a time where we can set in stone our visions for how our cities and spaces should exist. It’s really a manifestation of my studio’s take on what it means to design an urban green community setting for a modernizing West African metropolis.
Describe the problem your work solves: In many cities of the global south, infrastructural development is not always done with intention, spanning from private exploitation to governmental interest. In a city like Accra, the infrastructural landscape is littered with unfinished projects and half-made buildings. Limbo Accra is on a mission to alter the trajectory of our built environment through a regeneration experience that integrates the industries of urban development, spatial design, and contemporary African youth culture.
Describe the project you are working on now: We just started construction on Freedom Skatepark, which I’m super excited about!
A new or forthcoming project we should know about: We have a few announcements to share over the next weeks; A design competition in Lagos and Accra in collaboration with nmbello Studio, a tropical modernist preservation project at the legendary Scott House, and more. 🙂
What you absolutely must have in your studio: Good lighting, from the moment the sun rises to the second it sets.
What you do when you’re not working: Go to the beach and lie in the sun with a cold glass of Pipelettes 2019 rosé by Domaine du Petit Bonhomme. 👌👌
Sources of creative envy: None.
The distraction you want to eliminate: To be honest, I’m not quite sure.
Concrete or marble? Concrete.
High-rise or townhouse? High-rise.
Remember or forget? Remember.
Aliens or ghosts? Aliens.
Dark or light? Light.