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David Adjaye's African Architecture Photo Survey

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Take a sneak peek at architect David Adjaye's photo travelogue, forthcoming in a new compact edition of "Adjaye: Africa: Architecture," an original seven-volume, visual study of 54 African cities. Compiled between 2000 and 2010, the resulting work is a culmination of Adjaye's lifelong dream to travel through Africa and document the continent's built environment. Here, we excerpt the architect's notes, alongside a few images from the new edition, coming out in Sept. 2016 with Thames & Hudson. All photos by David Adjaye, © 2011 and 2016 Adjaye Associates.

Visiting Abuja, Nigeria, Adjaye notes: "The architecture of the public buildings is intended to present Abuja as the...
"Activity lines the main boulevards, and there are many cafes, bars and restaurants," notes Adjaye of Asmara, Eritrea.
"The optimism of the first African country to gain independence is celebrated in a series of distinguished public...
This is a civic structure in Gaborone, Botswana. "Gaborone was planned as a new city in the 1960s," says Adjaye.
In Lomé, Togo, Adjaye observes, "In colonial times, this was a waterfront city whose institutions were located on the...
Adjaye took this photo of a civic building in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.
"This is a mix of colonial French structures, such as the hôtel de ville with its ornate baroque details, through to...
"Pretoria has an intensely gridded center with several squares that are overlooked by classical-style public buildings.
"Historic settlements include an area of colonial villas built on small lots, and an early garden suburb where the...
"The banks and large businesses have built the only high-rise buildings in the city, which combine African and futurist...
"French influence is still noticeable in the elaborate gardens of the more affluent areas," notes Adjaye of this...
Adjaye on this civic structure in Cairo, Egypt: "The old city, with its ramparts, narrow lanes and Moorish...
Adjaye snapped this residential block in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
"Although single-family houses can be found in the suburbs, and occasionally in the old city, most of the population...
"Most houses are of the compound type.
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