Africa could be the leapfrog continent, says Sir David Adjaye

The way we’re designing cities is changing. Here’s some advice from a leading architect at the inaugural Design Commons.

It’s about finding the balance between old and new, said renowned architect Sir David Adjaye.

He was speaking after the first-ever Design Commons, which is a capsule platform created by Design Indaba and Helsinki Design Week.

It’s a deconstructed conference that puts global heavyweights in design at the same table as the audience with the aim of answering one question: How do we design better cities?

For Adjaye, Africa is in a prime position to lead the charge because African designers dealing with the problems on the continent will have developed the skillset to tackle the problems facing the world now and in the future. These include global warming, gentrification and sustainability.  

He was joined at the Design Commons platform by transport designer Tiffany Chu, global addressing innovator Chris Sheldrick, futurist architect Winy Maas and more.

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