Their story, in their words….
The project MIMITH started the moment I heard about the Mark Evision Foundation because I knew, time will not be my friend. Calling this project challenging would undervalue the work that I had to put in. Initially I designed a simple model of a simple modern house on Google Sketchup, however, I did not believe that it was bonkers enough, therefore I had to scrap the design and come up with a whole new one with much more complexity. Since I had previous experience on making models on Sketchup, I knew that this would be the easiest part of the project. I started of by carrying out research on how to even approach this project. I needed to find someone who studies architecture and was willing to give me advice on how materials behave, I then figured that most architecture students would probably hang around a material/model shop. After browsing the web for hours, and asking some of the most generous students, I gathered enough ideas to start. Due to the lack of knowledge, a lot of the time was spent on teaching myself on how to use software such as AutoCAD which I would then use to create the floor plan of the house. I managed to find a printing company who was willing to print the A0 paper with a reasonable price, however they were located in Wimbledon, 2 hour journey from my house by train. After couple of trips, I finally managed to bring home the desired floor plan. The beginning phase of the project was a nightmare. This was the time when I was learning from mistakes. I would work around the clock, and later scrapping hours worth of work due to small mistakes or not turning out how I wanted it to. I used small test materials before applying it to the real model, however It would still come out wrong. Sometimes, I would give up on a particular design look and construct it slightly differently, however I found solutions days later and had to go back and scrap the different design just so I can have it the way I wanted it to be. The whole project was a huge problem-solving task. Every section of the house had its own unique problems with its own unique solutions which I had to solve innovatively as I carried out the project. As the project went along, I adapted myself to think well ahead before putting pieces down. Towards the end of the project, things started to get more fun as I passed through the learning stage, I started to think differently and more artistically. Thanks to MarkEvision Foundation, I now know why a lot of architecture students drops out of their course while others stay. This project really managed to put me under huge pressure despite me failing to meet the deadline, thrice. I cannot thank Mark Evision Foundation enough for this once in a lifetime opportunity as without it, I may not be able to pursue a career into architecture.