Architecture & Design

Episode 116: David Adjaye

adjaye2 He has designed both elegant private houses (Alexander McQueen’s) and grand public spaces (the Nobel Peace Prize Center in Oslo). While he was working on the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture, he was often asked: will it look African American? But what does that mean? Does Renzo Piano’s Times building look newspapery? We talked about this and more – well, yes, or it would have been a short conversation – at the Van Alen Institute. Plus, music by Walter Hawkes.

Photos of David Adjaye by Kait Ebinger.

  • Indian architect Charles Correa gestures PERSON: Charles Correa
  • sugar-hill-brownstones-2-1000x670 PLACE: Sugar Hill, Harlem
  • Corona_Panels_-_NMAAHC THING: the Corona
  • pagoda RANDY’S PLACE: the Pagoda, Reading, PA

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