David Adjaye – Making Public Buildings

Lecture date: 2006-02-14

What is ‘public’ at the beginning of the twenty-first century? What is the nature of public space and the role of public buildings today? Are traditional models still relevant? How does building technology play its part? David Adjaye presents several of his studio’s recent building projects to test these questions.

Adjaye is joint Unit Master of AA Dip 7. He is currently working on a prototype house in Nanjing, China; an arts building for the London-based organisations in IVA/Autograph; the Bernie Grant Performing Arts Centre in London; and a new home for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. A monograph on his work, David Adjaye Houses: Recycling, Reconfiguring, Rebuilding, was published in 2005. The studio’s first solo exhibition, ‘David Adjaye: Making Public Buildings’ opened at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2006.


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