There are many reasons why Assemble were the right choice for this year’s NLA Annual Lecture.
First of all their success in the the Turner Prize ensured they were at the sharp end of the current architectural debate and the annual lecture provides a chance for our members to engage with those that are driving change in the practice of architecture and the built environment and our members are keen to hear what they have to say. In addition, their work is devoted to the relationship between design and community which is the theme of this year’s London Festival of Architecture; and this relationship with the people that their design serves is also a key aspect of Alejandro Aravena’s Venice Biennale 2016.
NLA’s role is to bring together people to debate and discuss the changing nature of the capital and Assemble provide a great example of the design process as a tool for communication. In a city that is changing fast, where growth is generating conflict between communities and the need for development, this is a role we should understand and emulate.
Assemble’s work is not about style, there is no recognisable form of building, it is about the process of delivering shelter and tools and it that way their work can inform us of new ways of working in a changing society. For me personally, a key reason for inviting them to talk and why I am looking forward to hearing them, is that I find their enthusiasm and entrepreneurship highly admirable and that they set an excllent example for the architecture profession of the future.
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