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African Metropolitan Architecture Slp Edition

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ISBN-10: 0847837165
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"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." ~MediaBistro.com

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

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.
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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Slp edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847837165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847837168
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 2.9 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This 7-volume collection has been carefully composed: compressing a survey of all metropolitan building found on the continent is a tricky job, carried off here with intelligence and keen editorial control. With so much to cover and (comparatively) so little space, even the most populous cities are reduced to a few pages. So, by definition, these volumes can't survey the important buildings, but instead give a sense of the fabric of the built environment. There are plentiful photos, but almost all of them are are quilted into grids; their small size and the rough tooth of the paper used obliterate small details. All of the photos are valuable as data -- the wealth of material as reference is staggering. But these are clearly photographs taken by an architect with a strong eye for form, not a photographer trying to capture forms. There is really no attention to composition, or light, in any of the photos. Most were clearly taken with a lens hanging out the window of a car in motion, and mostly the shots are medium format, framing the building to the edges of the image, and quite often they are candid snaps taken off angle and a little blurry. If you are approaching the collection as a data source, none of these photographic shortcomings will matter to you at all. This is not intended to be a National Geographic photo portrait of Africa.
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Great book! It arrived in condition stated and ahead of estimated delivery date. For all the mis- and ill- informed who still think that African vistas look like what they've seen in old Tarzan movies, this is a "must see" and read book.African Metropolitan Architecture
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I'm looking forward to the follow up of this interesting study of the African city by David Adjaye.
This study is a good help to understand the specific urban development.
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