A few weeks ago I went to an event at North Carolina A & T State University - a speech by two architects, David Adjaye and Phil Freelon, about their work both separately and in collaboration on a National Museum of African American History and Culture for the Smithsonian on the National Mall in Washington DC. Read more about the collaboration here in Dezeen, LATimes, NYTimes, ArchRecord, etc.
Above: Phil Freelon and David Adjaye on the stage on January 6, 2010 taking questions at the end of their joint lecture at UNC A&T; last in the Triad Design Leadershop.
Among the other projects of the Freelon Group's that Phil presented were other African American Museums in Baltimore, San Francisco, and two here in North Carolina: the Harvey B. Gannt Center for African American Arts & Culture which had just opened a month or two before and The International Civil Rights Center & Museum which just opened this week in Greensboro, NC's old Woolworth's where the lunch-counter sit-in protest occurred in the 1950s. Read more in the NYTimes.
Gannt Center, Charlotte:
Civil Rights Museum, Greensboro:
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