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Revealed: Daniel Libeskind's vision for a 'museum of humankind' in Kenya
POSTED 14 May 2019 . BY Andrew Manns
Polish architect Daniel Libeskind has released images of his breathtaking designs for "Ngaren" – a world history museum commissioned by famed paleoanthropologist, Professor Richard Leakey.

Set to rise in the rugged hills of Kenya's Rift Valley – widely recognised as the cradle of human life – the jagged-shaped building will chart the course of sapient evolution with narrative-led exhibits that address misconceptions about extinction, climate change, war, and overpopulation.

Speaking on Ngaren, Leakey commented: "Ngaren is not just another museum, but a call to action.

"As we peer back through the fossil record, through layer upon layer of long-extinct species, many of which thrived far longer that the human species is ever likely to do, we are reminded of our mortality as a species."

In 2017, Libeskind told CLAD that Ngaren "would be a physical manifestation of Africa" with a "chamber of humanity, a planetarium, and a dinosaur hall".

Project leaders have already raised over US$4m (€3.5m, £3m) for the scheme, and aim to raise a further US$3m by the time construction begins in 2022.

Ngaren is scheduled to officially open to the public in 2024.

The museum will occupy a 300-acre plot of land that was donated by Leakey's family. Credit: Courtesy of Studio Libeskind
The project is expected to begin construction in 2022. Credit: Courtesy of Studio Libeskind
Ngaren was commissioned by Richard Leakey – son of renowned paleoanthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey. Credit: Courtesy of Studio Libeskind
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Revealed: Daniel Libeskind's vision for a 'museum of humankind' in Kenya
POSTED 14 May 2019 . BY Andrew Manns
Polish architect Daniel Libeskind has released images of his breathtaking designs for "Ngaren" – a world history museum commissioned by famed paleoanthropologist, Professor Richard Leakey.

Set to rise in the rugged hills of Kenya's Rift Valley – widely recognised as the cradle of human life – the jagged-shaped building will chart the course of sapient evolution with narrative-led exhibits that address misconceptions about extinction, climate change, war, and overpopulation.

Speaking on Ngaren, Leakey commented: "Ngaren is not just another museum, but a call to action.

"As we peer back through the fossil record, through layer upon layer of long-extinct species, many of which thrived far longer that the human species is ever likely to do, we are reminded of our mortality as a species."

In 2017, Libeskind told CLAD that Ngaren "would be a physical manifestation of Africa" with a "chamber of humanity, a planetarium, and a dinosaur hall".

Project leaders have already raised over US$4m (€3.5m, £3m) for the scheme, and aim to raise a further US$3m by the time construction begins in 2022.

Ngaren is scheduled to officially open to the public in 2024.

The museum will occupy a 300-acre plot of land that was donated by Leakey's family. Credit: Courtesy of Studio Libeskind
The project is expected to begin construction in 2022. Credit: Courtesy of Studio Libeskind
Ngaren was commissioned by Richard Leakey – son of renowned paleoanthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey. Credit: Courtesy of Studio Libeskind
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