NLÉ Shaping the architecture of developing cities is an urban practice I am so excited to be sharing about. Founded by the one and only Kunle Adeyemi, One of Nigeria’s Starchitects, if I can add and also one of the most talented young architects to have come out of the continent in the last decade. He has achieved what many desire at such a young age, having worked as a Senior associate at OMA, world-renowned architectural firm alongside Rem Koolhaus.
NLÉ is an architecture, design and urbanism led practice. The company
sets out to collaborate architecture with developing cities. NLÉ believe’s “developing cities are the home of global advancement” and their objective is to work with, and be inspired by, these worlds so that we create more economical and responsible interventions for/with the people who have made them home.
“As thinkers, creatives and agents of change, our new role is to reveal and apply solutions inherent to the culture of the places we serve starting in Africa. Our activities are of international quality and integrity, balanced with authenticity through local resources and means” Kunle Adeyemi.
NLÉ means ‘at home’ in Yoruba, the language of Africa’s first truly urbanized population. From the 11th century on-wards, the Yoruba lived in a network of West African cities characterized by sophisticated commercial and governing structures. NLÉ’s philosophy, the ‘home’ is much more than walls, floors and ceilings. For NLÉ it refers to the fundamental building blocks of the city, to everyday life and the uses of public space in the emerging and endlessly complex urbanisms of developing regions.
I am always challenged when I see creatives and intellects who believe in Africa and see so much potential and are willing to initiate change within the continent. Africa truly is a melting pot of wealth, talent and potency. I look forward to NLÉ’s upcoming projects.
I will be doing a full feature post on Kunle Adeyemi very soon.
(Photo’s courtesy of NLÉ)