African Metropolitan Architecture

The architecture and built environment of African cities are documented in groundbreaking photographs by acclaimed architect David Adjaye.  David Adjaye is renowned for his highly acclaimed buildings in Europe and the United States. Of Tanzanian descent but raised and educated in London, he has found endless inspiration for his modern buildings in Africa. This book is the culmination of a personal quest--a decadelong project to document the built environment of every major African city.
Adjaye has photographed thousands of structures and places, letting each speak for itself in contrast to a design world obsessed with photorealistic slickness. Fifty-three cities are featured, arranged by terrain and region, including: the Maghreb, the Sahel, Savannah and Grassland, Mountain and Highveld, Desert, and Forest. Each is presented with a concise urban history, fact file, maps, and satellite imagery along with the photographs and essays by leading scholars and critics.
This handsome seven-volume slipcased edition is one of the most original and ambitious publications of our time and is sure to be among the great architectural collectibles.

About The Author

David Adjaye is the principal of Adjaye Associates, London, New York, and Berlin. Considered one of the most important architects of his generation, David Adjaye is lauded for high-profile buildings such as the Nobel Peace Pavilion in Oslo, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and the recent competition-winning design for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.

  • Publish Date: November 22, 2011
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Category: Architecture - Urban & Land Use Planning
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9-5/8 x 11-6/8
  • Pages: 568
  • US Price: $100.00
  • CDN Price: $114.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3716-8


"His engagement embracing and critical comes through in the pictures. Stunning." ~The New York Times

"Africa's cities are as absorbing as the bush...African Metropolitan Architecture is an invaluable reference." ~Time Magazine

"Our first pick: African Metropolitan Architecture (Rizzoli), the sublime new book by David Adjaye."

"...a major work, the result of 10 years of travel to 52 African countries." ~Miami Herald

Author Bookshelf: David Adjaye, Peter Allison