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Design hits the roof at The Contemporary—Jones Center

Documentary on architect David Adjaye is first in its new rooftop film series

David Adjaye arranging a stack of white blocks on a table with offices in background
David Adjaye, the starchitect subject of the first film in The Contemporary—Jones Center’s Rooftop Architecture and Design Film Series
Courtesy David Adjaye – Collaborations

Well, this is truly exciting: The Contemporary—Jones Center is kicking off its Rooftop Architecture and Design Film Series this month with the movie David Adjaye—Collaborations, screening Wednesday, March 22, and Thursday, March 23.

The downtown museum’s rooftop event space, which has just had its own encounter with design, or redesign (it now has a roof of its own and is called The Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center), is one of our favorite places to be and the perfect venue for the subject.

The documentary focuses on the work that much-lauded (and knighted) British-Ghanaian starchitect Adjaye, whose most recent and probably most high-profile work to date is the just-opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, does in collaboration with others.

Specially commissioned by the Haus der Kunst in Munich and The Art Institute of Chicago as part of the first extensive survey exhibition about Adjaye’s architectural work, the film features much of that work, accompanied by interviews with the artists, curators, and writers with whom he has worked.

Presenting sponsors for The Rooftop Architecture and Design Film Series are Nelsen Partners, which has made its mark in Austin with designs for the Whole Foods mothership, along many other buildings and continues to do so with plans for The Avenue and another mixed-use tower downtown and local landscape starchitects dwg., which has been revolutionizing landscaping in Austin at seemingly every major new building and public project, from Waller Creek to Hotel Van Zandt.