On October 11, 2012, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed David Adjaye, OBE, Principal Architect of Adjaye Associates about his new book -- published by Rizzoli Press -- titled “African Metropolitan Architecture.” It is a very large and rich catalogue of his exhibition “Urban Africa: David Adjaye’s Photographic Survey.” The book occurs in seven volumes. The first volume is a presentation of essays by several scholars sharing their observations on the evolving urban experience in Africa. The remaining six volumes examine a decade of David’s gradual documentation of 53 urban centers in six distinct geographic zones.
Mr. Adjaye presently has projects underway in North America, Europe, and Africa. The beauty and ingenuity of his design work is expressed with very exciting commissions including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American Culture and History, the Moscow School of Management, The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, among others. He is also working on projects in Ghana, Nigeria, and Gabon.
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Lecture date: 2002-03-05
Adjaye/Associates has been involved in a run of small-scale but high profile projects since 2000. The practice first caught public attention with the controversial Elektra House in London - an ingenious conversion that created a combined studio/house space out of a disused shoe factory on a very small budget. The controversy, however, was caused by the black windowless facade dramatically breaking the uniformity of a conventional London terrace. Since that project the practice has worked on flats and gallery spaces for various artists and actors, and was used by CABE to refit the newly formed organisations offices, and by The Guardian to create a new editorial office suite. The practice also won the Idea Store competition to build two new libraries for the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
Introduced by Peter Beard
Recorded: November 21, 2013
Adjaye Associates, in its own words, seeks to create “buildings [that] belong to yet diverge from their contexts, absorbing and animating difference rather than homogenizing it.” Sensitivity to materials, color, shape, and light informs the work on all scales. In this excerpt from his November 21, 2013, Current Work lecture, David Adjaye presents four completed and current projects at a range of scales and uses: a new building for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, affordable and resilient Asem-Pa houses developed for the Lower Ninth Ward in post-Katrina New Orleans, a live/work adaptive re-use project in London’s East End, and the plans for The National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall. These projects represent a series of platforms for Adjaye Associates that have in part allowed the firm to research shifting and hybridizing topologies, new dimensions of buildings, and the possibilities in small scale interventions.
The Architectural League’s Current Work series presents the work of significant international figures, who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment.
Monday, October 1, 2012
David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates
Saidiya Hartman, Columbia University English and Comparative Literature
Mabel Wilson, Columbia University GSAPP
Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University GSAPP
Interdisciplinary thinkers discuss Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums, Mabel Wilson's history of black American's participation in world's fairs, Emancipation exhibitions, and early black grassroots museums. Cultural critic Kobena Mercer has praised Wilson's "highly original study of the role of world's fairs in the making of a black public sphere" for "vividly illuminat[ing] the transition from Reconstruction to Afro-Modernity with page-turning brilliance."
Sir David Adjaye will discuss his exceptional career with Lesley Lokko, author and Head of School at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, at the RIBA.
The lecture begins at 13:50 minutes in.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates, London
London and Berlin-based architect David Adjaye kicks off the spring 2012 GSAPP lecture series by questioning the meaning of time. When is now, and how does it manifest in his recent work? Projects range from the ephemeral to the institutional ("Genesis," Design Miami; Moscow School of Management, Skolkovo), and from the contemporary to the historic (Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC)