Future 50: NLÉ 01.08.13

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Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

Kunlé Adeyemi studied architecture in Nigeria before joining OMA in 2002. After working on a number of high profile projects for the company, he left to found in 2010 his firm NLÉ – which has offices in both Amsterdam and Lagos. Adeyemi says, "One of the key things I learned from OMA and working directly with Rem Koolhaas is an approach to problem-solving, analysing a situation and looking at several scenarios in any context and developing solutions," Adeyemi says. "At some point I realised there were other challenges – and challenges on which I could have a greater impact." His work in Lagos varies in scale, ranging from research into rapid urbanisation and climate change in Africa to the construction of a temporary photo exhibition on a Lagos roundabout. He recently unveiled a floating school in the water slum of Makoko, and is working to develop the infrastructure of this threatened community.







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