Thames & Hudson
David Adjaye is one of
Britain’s leading contemporary architects. Known for his domestic projects,
Making Public Buildings focuses for the first time on Adjaye’s engagement with
civic space and the built environment.
Adjaye combines the sensual and emotive with a conceptual approach to the
fundamental elements of architecture.
His influences range from African art
and architecture to contemporary art and music leading to numerous
collaborations with artists, including Olafur Eliasson and Chris Ofili.
Published on occasion of his exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, this
book brings together a distinguished group of authors to reflect on Adjaye’s
practice, significance and influences. Okwui Enwezor and Saskia Sassen discuss
the increasing need for a politicized definition of public space, while Nikolaus
Hirsch and Peter Allison consider Adjaye’s attention to materials.
Two interviews with David Adjaye, one led by Peter Allison and the other by
Kodwo Eshun, guide us through his approach to making public buildings within a
global context. They are accompanied by drawings, documents and photographs
relating to ten of Adjaye’s most important projects.
224 p., 24.0 x 20.0 cm