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Kunle Adeyemi Lecture "African Water Cities"

Event Type
Max Abramovitz Endowed Lecture
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Nov 17, 2021   5:00 pm  
Kunle Adeyemi
Originating Calendar
Illinois School of Architecture Lecture Series

Bio: Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, professor and development strategist whose works are internationally
recognised for originality and innovation. He is the founder and principal of NLÉ – an architecture, design
and urbanism practice founded in 2010, for innovating cities and communities. Adeyemi’s notable works
include ‘Makoko Floating System (MFSTM)’ – a groundbreaking, prefabricated, building solution for
developments on water – deployed in 5 countries across 3 continents, with the latest iteration Mansa
Floating Hub in Sao Vicente, Cape Verde. This acclaimed project is part of NLÉ’s extensive body of work
and new venture – Water Cities® Group and the African Water Cities Centre – focused on the
intersections of rapid urbanisation and climate change. Other projects include A Prelude to The Shed in
New York, USA, the Black Rhino Academy in Karatu, Tanzania and the Serpentine Summer House at the
Royal Kensington Gardens in London, UK. Alongside his professional practice with multiple prestigious
awards, Adeyemi is an international speaker and thought leader. He is one of UNDP’s Africa in
Development Supergroup member. Adeyemi is currently an Adjunct Visiting Professor at the University
of Lagos, following appointments in various institutions including Harvard, Princeton, Cornell and
Columbia Universities, where he leads academic research in architecture and urban solutions that are
closer to societal, environmental and economic needs.

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