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    Africa: Nigerian architect makes history as first African curator of Venice Biennale of Architecture focusing on responsible design

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    Diaspora, Africa – (African Boulevard News) – The prestigious Venice Biennale of Architecture kicked off its 18th edition with a groundbreaking change that is making waves in the architecture world. For the first time in the event’s history, an African has been chosen to serve as the curator. Nigerian-born architect, Kunlé Adeyemi, has been given the task to lead the event’s theme of “Responsible Architecture” and showcase designs that address the current issues in the world.

    Adeyemi’s appointment is a significant milestone for the continent as it comes as a recognition of African talent, creativity, and expertise in the field of architecture. He has already made history by being the first African architect to receive the Prince Claus Award, which is an international honor recognizing individuals who make a significant contribution to the cultural sector.

    Adeyemi’s vision for the exhibition is to highlight the impact of architecture on people’s lives and the environment. He states, “Architecture and design have the potential to make a positive difference in the world. Our aim is to showcase inspiring examples of architecture that prioritize the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants.”

    The exhibition features works from over 60 countries, including emerging and established architects, and aims to encourage dialogue and collaboration among architects and designers. It also raises awareness about the importance of responsible architecture and its role in addressing social and environmental issues.

    The event is expected to attract a diverse audience, from architects and designers to policymakers and the general public. Adeyemi’s appointment as the curator has generated a lot of buzz, with many praising the decision to put an African in such a prominent role. He hopes that his appointment will inspire a new generation of African architects and designers, stating, “I hope that this exhibition will encourage young people to pursue architecture and design as a career, and that we can start to see more African voices in the field.”

    The Venice Biennale of Architecture runs until November 2023, and Kunlé Adeyemi’s curation promises to be a refreshing change from the traditional Eurocentric style exhibited in past editions. With a focus on responsible architecture, Adeyemi hopes to inspire a new era of design that prioritizes the well-being of both people and the planet.

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