David Adjaye Form, Heft, Material Zoë Ryan, Okwui Enwezor, Peter Allison, David Adjaye, Andrea Phillips, Mabel O. Wilson

Publication date:
26 Feb 2015
Art Institute of Chicago
296 pages: 251 x 181mm
181 color + 58 b-w illus.
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The first in-depth analysis of the stunning designs of one of the world’s most captivating and prominent architects

Born in Tanzania, David Adjaye (b. 1966) is rapidly emerging as a major international figure in architecture and design—and this stunning catalogue serves only to cement his role as one of the most important architects of our time. His expanding portfolio of important civic architecture, public buildings, and urban planning commissions spans Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He transforms complex ideas and concepts into approachable and innovative structures that respond to the geographical, ecological, technological, engineering, economic, and cultural systems that shape the practice of global architecture. The publication of this compendium of work and essays coincides with the scheduled opening of Adjaye’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Adjaye’s completed work in the United States includes the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, a pair of public libraries in D.C., and several private residences. He is also known for his collaborations with artists, most recently with the British painter Chris Ofili (b. 1968).
Following an introduction by Zoë Ryan, Adjaye writes on his current and future work, with subsequent essays by an extraordinary cadre of architectural scholars on Adjaye’s master plans and urban planning, transnational architecture, monuments and memorials, and, finally, the forthcoming museum in D.C. Portfolios of Adjaye’s work thread throughout this comprehensive volume.

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Okwui Enwezor is director of Haus der Kunst, Munich, and director of the Visual Arts Sector of the 56th Venice Biennale. Zoë Ryan is John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Peter Allison is a London-based writer and curator, and editor of several publications on David Adjaye’s work.