Global star architect David Adjaye’s overview of buildings in 53 African cities, in a student-friendly format. David Adjaye’s array of private and public buildings – which include a médiathèque in London, a contemporary art museum in Denver and the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo – have brought him international critical acclaim. His previous books published by Thames & Hudson are David Adjaye: Houses and David Adjaye: Making Public Buildings. Peter Allison is an exhibition curator and teacher.
Adjaye • Africa • Architecture
David Adjaye | Edited by Peter Allison
The African continent contains some of the world’s most vibrant culture and creativity, and yet its buildings – vernacular, colonial or contemporary – have rarely engaged the interest of Western architects. David Adjaye, the first black architect to establish a truly global reputation in his field, has found endless sources of inspiration for his designs in the rich – and chequered – heritage of Africa’s teeming metropolises. His life’s dream was to return to the continent as an architect to document Africa’s built environment. Over a long decade, he tirelessly documented these dynamic, colourful cities, photographing thousands of buildings, sites and places, and letting each building speak for itself in telling contrast to a design world obsessed with photorealistic slickness. The resulting seven-volume work is one of the most original, ambitious and important architectural publications of our time, and has become an essential resource for all those interested in the burgeoning continent. This compact edition will make the fruits of this once-in-a-generation record available to a much wider audience, and will be a must-read for anyone wishing to gain an understanding of a unique architectural heritage overlooked for too long.
700 illustrations 24.0 x 20.0cm 400pp ISBN 978 0 500 343166 June £34.95
‘An interesting and rare insight into vernacular and colonial influences on Africa’s mushrooming metropolises’ RIBA Journal