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A Photographic Survey of Metropolitan Architecture

David Adjaye


One of the most original and important architectural publications of our time: a beautifully produced, seven-volume slipcased survey of African cities and their extraordinary architecture as seen by one of the world’s most celebrated international architects


Sir David Adjaye is one of the world’s most exciting and accomplished architects, and has built many highly acclaimed houses and public buildings in the UK and USA. Over a ten-year period, the Tanzanian- born, London-based architect has visited 53 major African cities and photographed thousands of buildings, sites and places that few of us will ever be able to visit.

This seven-volume slipcased edition documents Adjaye’s tribute to African metropolitan architecture. The individual volumes present cities according to the terrain in which they are situated – the Maghreb, Desert, The Sahel, Savannah and Grassland, Mountain and Highveld, and Forest. Each city is shown in a concise urban history, fact file, maps and satellite imagery, along with Adjaye’s personal travel notes and dozens of photographs of the city’s civic, commercial and residential architecture. All six ‘terrain’ volumes feature an introductory essay by Adjaye, and a separate volume is dedicated to essays by leading academics and commentators on Africa.

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'Gives an interesting and rare insight into vernacular and colonial influences on Africa’s mushrooming metropolises'
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Product Information

Book Details

Format: 7 paperback volumes in a slipcase

Size: 29.7 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 576 pp

Publication date: 26 September 2011

ISBN: 9780500289143

Contents List

Vol 1. Essays • Vol 2.The Maghreb (north Africa) • Vol 3. Desert • Vol 4. The Sahel (the semi-arid region between the Sahara and the south • Vol 5. Forest • Vol 6. Savanna and Grassland • Vol 7. Mountain and Highveld

About the Author

Sir David Adjaye has offices in London, New York and Berlin. With his London practice, he has built a stunning array of houses, and his public buildings – including a médiathèque in London, a contemporary art museum in Denver, and the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo – have brought him international critical acclaim.

Peter Allison is professor of architecture at South Bank University. He is the author of several books published by Thames & Hudson.

List of Contributors

Peter Allison, Kwame Anthony Appiah, David Adjaye, Suzanne Preston Blier, Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Okwui Enwezor, Garth Myers, Jenny Roberts, Naigzy Gebremedhin