For the most part, The New Yorker's profile of David Adjaye, one of the architects behind the design for the upcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture didn't reveal too much new information. That the museum taking the final open space on the National Mall will be open in two years has already been touched on. We're also aware that the museum will look like a shimmering bronze basket that covers a glass and steel structure. Still, did you know that the bronze coated aluminum panels on the exterior of the museum were based on the ornamental metal castings that Southern slaves and former slaves created in the 1800s? The piece also sheds a little light on Adjaye, himself. For instance, his African root and British citizenship actually helped him articulate his vision for the museum designs. Much like the visitors to the museum, he is learning to understand a culture that is different from his own.
· A Sense of Place [The New Yorker]
· All David Adjaye Coverage [CDC]