PostponeD for Fall 2022

“Non-Cartesian Futures” presentation by Emanuel Admassu, AD—WO, Partner, Columbia GSAPP, Assistant Professor

This lecture is Sponsored by AIAS and AIA Wisconsin

Lecture Summary

The lecture will use two recent projects Immeasurability and Two Markets to speculate on the promise of non-cartesian futures for art, architecture, and urban design.


Emanuel Admassu (born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is an Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP, and a founding partner, with Jen Wood, of AD—WO. He is also a co-founding board member of the Black Reconstruction Collective.

His art, design, and teaching practices operate at the intersection of contemporary African urbanism, contemporary African art, spatial justice, and design theory. The work meditates on international constellations of Afrodiasporic spaces. Most recently, he has been analyzing the socio-spatial identities of two urban marketplaces: Karikaoo in Dar es Salaam and Merkato in Addis Ababa. Admassu has previously taught at RISD Architecture and Harvard GSD.

AD—WO is an art and architecture practice based in New York City, and by extension, between Melbourne and Addis Ababa. Their installation, Immeasurability, focusing on Black spatial practices in Atlanta and the Atlantic, was featured in the exhibition Reconstruction: Architecture and Blackness in America at the Museum of Modern Art.

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