Thierry Melot

IFADUR, President

In Black Africa, first he discovered African art and Negro statuary in his early days, and tries to link in his work The foundations of modernity with the requirement of identity that loosed the public order of the newly independent countries, to which the French associate Henri Chomette from 1972. Fernand Pouillon initiated it in Algeria to the master schemes of large territories. He cosigned in 1982 (with P.R. Vazquez) the ambitious project of the Museum of Black Civilizations of Dakar, "Testament" by Léopold Sédar Senghor, to whom he owes this first course, and built various public equipments and urban projects in Senegal and in the Sahelian region.
 
His work as an architect finds a narrow path between constructive functional rationality and expressive sensibility. This position, built on its African course, prevents it from falling into the traps of the postmodernity which then beats its full. He explored several partnerships with major signatures: Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Caesar Pelli. Winner of the competitions of the headquarters of BP France in Cergy, then of the rehabilitation of the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, he is crowned with the Grand Prix of Architecture of Brittany with the Lycée Saint Louis de Châteaulin.
 
In 1997, he signed the creation of Lyon confluence, associated with the Catalan Oriol Bohigas, a project which he leads until 2001 on the theme of doubling the offer of Lyon centrality, and develops the studies of 7 poles stations in Germany and France on the repair of the urban break born of the railway.
 
He participates in the foundation of the Afex, and the first missions of large territories in the Middle East in Polynesia and Africa, where it implements projects of new cities: The urban archipelago in Bahrain, the game of Go land in Papeete, the urban agriculture integrated in Senegal and begins the exploration of sustainable development. He chose to open an agency in Shanghai, where many of the urban planning files of large territories would be entrusted to him, followed by starts between Central Asia and China. It leads from the front, in France the redefinition of the public space and the infra-slab to the defense, the Mantis-University district, the rehabilitation centres of the handicap of the adapt, a nursery of companies of the RIVP, and in China the site of the towers of the directional center of Hefei, the realization of the master plan of the island of Hengqin: Shumai or the memory of water. Its last major urban project is the strategic plan of Doumen on the horizon 2030-2060 for 2 400 000 inhabitants: The city in loops, a sustainable urban concept.