Admassu introduced spatial practices that operate against the regime of property in Atlanta, Dar es Salaam, and Addis Ababa.
Emanuel Admassu is an artist, architect and educator. He is a founding partner, with Jen Wood, of AD—WO, an art and architecture practice based in New York City, and by extension, between Melbourne and Addis Ababa.
His design, teaching and research practices operate at the intersection of design theory, spatial justice, and contemporary African art. The work meditates on the international constellation of Afrodiasporic spaces. Most recently, he has been analyzing the socio-spatial identities of two urban marketplaces: Kariakoo in Dar es Salaam and Merkato in Addis Ababa.
AD—WO’s work was featured in the exhibition Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America at the Museum of Modern Art. Their installation focused on the immeasurability of Black spatial practices in Atlanta and the Atlantic.
Free and open to the public.
Organized by Columbia University GSAPP Urban Design Program.