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Tue 04.18.2017

Lecture: Kunlé Adeyemi


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, APRIL 18

Where: At The Center   

Please join us for a lecture with architect Kunlé Adeyemi.

Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and urban researcher. He is the founder/principle of NLÉ and a Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His notable work includes ‘Makoko Floating School’, an innovative prototype floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Lagos, Nigeria. This acclaimed project is part of an extensive research project—‘African Water Cities’—being developed by NLÉ an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010, focusing on developing cities and communities. NLÉ recently launched MFS II—a new, improved iteration of Makoko Floating School at this years’ La Biennale di Venezia, for which it was awarded the Silver Lion. Other projects include Chicoco Radio Media Center, an amphibious community building in Port Harcourt, Nigeria; ROCK Lakefront Kiosk in Chicago; CDL Microfinance Bank in Lagos, Nigeria; and Serpentine Summer House at the Royal Kensington Gardens in London.

Before founding NLÉ, Adeyemi worked for OMA, where he led the design, development and execution of high profile projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, the Qatar National Library, and Prada Transformer in Seoul. Alongside his professional practice Adeyemi is an international speaker and thought leader serving as jurors for the 2014 AIA award and 2016 RIBA international Prize. He is a multiple award winner, and holds an honorary doctorate degree in Architecture. He has taught at Cornell University and was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York, researching architecture and urban solutions that are closer to societal, environmental and economic needs.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Architecture of Independence - African Modernism.

Architecture of Independence - African Modernism explores the complex legacy of modern architecture and nation-building in 1960s and '70s postcolonial Africa, when many Sub-Saharan countries gained their independence and turned to experimental and futuristic architecture to express their national identities.
Organized by: Center for Architecture
Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid ID, $10 for general public

An exhibition on the book project African Modernism: Architecture of Independence by Manuel Hez in cooperation with the Vitra Design Museum.


This exhibition and the public program featuring Iwan Baan are supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

 This program has received funding through a grant from the Netherland-America Foundation.  

Additional funding for this exhibition is provided by:
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Related Programming:

Architecture of Independence - African Modernism Exhibition Opening
Thursday, February 16th, 6:00-8:00pm

FamilyDay@theCenter: Make it Modern
Saturday, March 11th, 11:00am-1:00pm or 2:00-4:00pm
African Modernsim: Iwan Baan
Wednesday, March 15, 6:00-8:00pm

African Modernism(s): Past/Present/Future
Saturday, April 22, 1:00-4:00 PM


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