Urban Africa and Sustainable Futures

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September 10, 2010

This weekend marks the end of two exhibition's at London's Design Museum. Closing are Urban Africa: David Adjaye's Photographic Journey, which opened March 31, and Sustainable Futures: Can Design Make a Difference? (on display at the Design Museum in association with Puma.Safe). The shows are on through Sunday, September 5, but if you can't make it, click through our slideshow of highlights.

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  David Adjaye is better known for his buildings than his photos of buildings. In Urban Africa, the founder of Adjaye Architects, displays the images he shot in a project to document urban areas--and patterns of urbanism--in Africa. Photo by Luke Hayes.
    David Adjaye is better known for his buildings than his photos of buildings. In Urban Africa, the founder of Adjaye Architects, displays the images he shot in a project to document urban areas--and patterns of urbanism--in Africa. Photo by Luke Hayes.
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  On display are Adjaye's image of African cities such as Niamey, Niger; Pretoria, South Africa; Maputo, Mozambique; and Bujumura, Burundi. Adjaye himself was born in Dar-Es-Salam, Tanzania, before moving to London in 1979. Photo by Luke Hayes.
    On display are Adjaye's image of African cities such as Niamey, Niger; Pretoria, South Africa; Maputo, Mozambique; and Bujumura, Burundi. Adjaye himself was born in Dar-Es-Salam, Tanzania, before moving to London in 1979. Photo by Luke Hayes.
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  Here, a photo by Adjaye of Asmara, a city in Eritrea, a country bordered by the Red Sea, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.
    Here, a photo by Adjaye of Asmara, a city in Eritrea, a country bordered by the Red Sea, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.
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  Here, an image by Adjaye in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, a country in western Africa just north of Senegal.
    Here, an image by Adjaye in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, a country in western Africa just north of Senegal.
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  In Sustainable Futures, the other exhibition closing this week at the Design Museum, ideas for eco-friendly solutions in the realms of cities, energy and economics, food, materiality, and creative citizens are on display as prototypes, products, films, and more.
    In Sustainable Futures, the other exhibition closing this week at the Design Museum, ideas for eco-friendly solutions in the realms of cities, energy and economics, food, materiality, and creative citizens are on display as prototypes, products, films, and more.
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  Shown here on display at the museum is the C, mm, n open source hydrogen car designed by the Delft, Eindhoven, and Twente Universities of Technology and commissioned by the Netherlands Society for Nature and the Environment.
    Shown here on display at the museum is the C, mm, n open source hydrogen car designed by the Delft, Eindhoven, and Twente Universities of Technology and commissioned by the Netherlands Society for Nature and the Environment.
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  Here, a rendering of the Solar Shuttle designed by SolarLab Research and Design.
    Here, a rendering of the Solar Shuttle designed by SolarLab Research and Design.
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  Of the more strange displays is the Local River designed by Mathieu Lehanneur in collaboration with Antony van den Bossche. Though Urban Africa and Sustainable Futures close on Sunday, Brit Insurance: Designs of the Year 2010 runs through October 17 and a new show, John Pawson: Plain Space opens later this month, on September 22.
    Of the more strange displays is the Local River designed by Mathieu Lehanneur in collaboration with Antony van den Bossche. Though Urban Africa and Sustainable Futures close on Sunday, Brit Insurance: Designs of the Year 2010 runs through October 17 and a new show, John Pawson: Plain Space opens later this month, on September 22.

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