Adjaye, a British-Ghanian architect who was knighted for his work in 2017, was talking about an exhibition of his monuments and memorials at the Design Museum in London, which launched on 1 February.
“I think it’s important for architecture to be one of the devices that’s not about propagating fictions about history,” he said. “When your monuments contradict the narratives that have been projected, it breaks the illusion.”
Leading architects to hit the headlines this week included Danish firm BIG, which released visuals of an expansive cable-car system to be built as part of the new baseball stadium in Oakland.
Henning Larsen announced its plans to extend Paris’ largest opera house, the Opéra Bastille, with a new foyer, performance space and workshop.
However, behind the scenes it was reported that Chinese designer Neri&Hu considered withdrawing as guest of honour over the “abysmal” build quality of its installation.
The party marked Dezeen Awards 2019 opening for entries. Patricia Urquiola, Yves Behar, Frida Escobedo and Kunlé Adeyemi will all be on the awards’ judging panel.
Elsewhere, the ongoing feud between the two British artists Stuart Semple and Anish Kapoor resurfaced, as Semple released Black 3.0 and banned Kapoor from using it.
Hanson Robotics unveiled AI robot Sophia’s “little sister”. Named Little Sophia, she is intended to help young girls learn to code and gain an understanding of STEM subjects.
Urbanism also came into the spotlight, as Studio Gang announced its plans to redevelop a 30-acre park as part of its wider masterplan for the Memphis riverfront.
SOM revealed that construction had began on Alárò City, its 2,000 hectare masterplan for southwest Nigeria that will combine a mix of industrial and commercial facilities.