Geographic Specificity: An African Perspective

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Course outline
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Course outline

This course is from the National Architecture Conference 2014: Making.

Making Culture positions architecture as an element of culture, and the process of making architecture an act of cultural production.This approach asserts that the interpretation of and contribution to culture(s) as the primary productive task of architecture, before response to brief, programme, site or other obligations.

David Adjaye and his practice Adjaye Associates (founded in London, but since expanded to the US, Germany and Ghana) seek 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.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter/Author

David Adjaye - Principal: Adjaye Associates

David Adjaye founded the practice Adjaye Associates in London in 2000, and has since expanded the office to the United States, Germany, and Ghana.

The office’s projects range from pavilion and exhibition design, the Dirty House residence, and the Idea Store/Whitechapel Road educational and information center in London to two neighborhood libraries in Washington, D.C., the Sugar Hill social housing scheme in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Adjaye Associates is currently designing the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

David, a frequent collaborator with artists such as Chris Ofili, James Turrell, Julie Mehretu, and Olafur Eliasson, recently co-authored Authoring: Replacing Art and Architecture with Marc McQuade. Among numerous awards and recognitions, Adjaye is a RIBA Chartered Member, an AIA Honorary Fellow, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    1.5 hours

    Continuing professional development hours

    ref 
    1.5 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.
     

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Collapse distinctions between architecture and contemporary art
  • Collapse distinctions between cultural and social intent
  • Question a position of western centrality
  • Relinquish the idea of the architectural promenade
  • Validate to the sensory
  • Articulate a critical position with respect to modernism

    National Competency Standards in Architecture

    Design

    Prices

    Full Price $101.00
    Member $75.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $69.00
    Graduate Member $69.00
    SONA Member (student) $40.00

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