He emphasizes the importance of gardens and light and how an architect can create a space that connects the past and looks to the future
Internationally acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye gave an insightful speech on The Abrahamic Family House project at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Summit, which concluded on Tuesday evening.
Adjaye, the mastermind behind the Abu Dhabi project, which brings together three places of worship representing different religions under the Abrahamic patriarchate, spoke in detail about what he described as a “once-in-a-generation” project. .
“Religions want to express their identity, so they create architecture that is associated with them and that spreads through history…and that becomes a style. This is the moment when the opposite was asked. So now how do you talk about all the things that are common? And how do you get them into a new form?”
Adjaye emphasized the importance of gardens and light in architecture and how an architect can create a space that connects the past and looks to the future.
“This is about respecting three extraordinary religions and their histories and cultures and their evolution,” he added.
In a separate session at the Cultural Summit on Critical Culture and Climate Change, Sumayya Vally, architect and founder of Johannesburg-based Counterspace, said: “We need to have artists and cultural thinkers at the highest levels of all institutions. We really need to include people who think differently and who think creatively, and how to change the paradigm instead of just relegating them to the realm of responding. We need to be at the forefront of change.”
Culture Summit Abu Dhabi was organized by DCT Abu Dhabi in collaboration with global partner organizations that bring expertise from various fields, from culture and art to media and technology. Partners include UNESCO, Economist Impact, Google, Design Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and the Recording Academy. Other participating partners include Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Sandstorm Comics, Cultural Foundation, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Berklee Abu Dhabi, Culture Resource, Arab Fund for Arts & Culture and Institut Français.