Meet the speakers: Kunlé Adeyemi

We’re pleased to welcome architect, designer and urban researcher Kunlé Adeyemi, to the programme of events this year.

Kunlé Adeyemi is the founder of multi award-winning architecture, design and urbanism practice NLÉ, which aims to promote diversity and coexistence between humanity and the environment. Notable projects include the Makoko Floating School, an innovative prototype floating structure for waterfront developments originally located on the lagoon heart of Lagos, Nigeria. This acclaimed project is part of an extensive research project – ‘African Water Cities’ – which examines the adaptations to rapid urbanisation and climate change in Africa.  
Other notable projects include Chicoco Radio Media Center – an amphibious community center in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, A Prelude to The Shed in New York City, ROCK – Lakefront Kiosk in Chicago, USA and Serpentine Summer House at the Royal Kensington Gardens in London, UK.  
Adeyemi leads regular academic research and design programmes at various institutions - he was 2017 Aga Khan Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 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.

Ahead of his appearance at Turkeybuild Istanbul 2019, we spoke to Kunlé Adeyemi to learn more.

What issues are you looking forward to exploring within your ‘Water Cities’ address at Turkeybuild Istanbul 2019?

I am looking forward to shedding some light on the growing relationships between humanity and the environment, particularly as it relates to rapid urbanisation and climate change in major cities and communities – and illustrating NLÉ’s approach to addressing some challenges and harnessing opportunities.

How do you see the future of architecture and urban development in light of new digital technologies?

Digital technologies play an important role in the production and operations of architecture, and in my view only to the extent that they add value and contribute solutions. At the same time, I remain very interested in the analog and somatic interfaces of architecture, which can greatly empower and connect people with their physical environments.

In your opinion, how do international events such as Turkeybuild Istanbul serve to benefit the industry and develop international cooperation?

I believe Turkeybuild is a useful platform to bring together a group of people in the building and design industry from all over the world. The diversity of individuals present encourages business partnerships and opportunities to exchange knowledge.

Hear Kunlé Adeyemi’s talk on Water Cities at Yapi Turkeybuild Istanbul at 14.30 on Friday 21 June 2019.

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