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Urban Africa - David Adjaye

  1. Image by David Adjaye
  2. Image by David Adjaye
  3. David Adjaye portrait, image credit Luke Hayes
  4. Installation view, image credit Luke Hayes
  5. Installation view, image credit Luke Hayes

31 March 2010 – 05 September 2010

"An epic act of homage to a continent"
Observer newspaper

One of the leading architects of his generation, David Adjaye has stepped out of his regular line of work to photograph and document key cities in Africa as part of an ongoing project to study new patterns of urbanism. Often regarded as a continent defined by underdevelopment, poverty, war and tourism, through this exhibition Adjaye presents Africa in a different light, examining the buildings and places which have a special resonance with his preoccupations as an architect.

This detailed survey revealed a unique snapshot of urban Africa today, documenting the nature of city life in a developing continent: a unique geo-cultural survey profiling the African city in a global context.

David Adjaye talking about his project 'Bus Shelter' which featured in the Design Museum exhibition Super Contemporary in June 2009.

Touring exhibition
Urban Africa was on tour at Museo Da Cidade, Pavilhao Preto, Portugal from 25 May – 31 July 2011.

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