Africa is a continent often described by its underdevelopment, poverty, war and wildlife sightseeing tourism.
Through the eyes of an architect, the Urban Africa Project reveals the urban realities of Africa in all their decay and glory. For ten years, Adjaye has photographed a total of 53 cities in Africa, in pursuit of urban patterns: from suburban settlements to unofficial developments and townscapes, religious and government buildings. The material was archived in different categories, first according to geographic terrain – which has a direct impact on architecture, determining the nature of the buildings in the area – then by typologies of construction: residential, commercial and public/civic life buildings. This detailed survey uncovers a unique view of life in Africa today, revealing an architect prone to re-thinking social space and re-defining urban landscape.