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Francis Kéré Creates Installation from Brightly Colored Thread for First U.S. Retrospective

16:15 - 1 July, 2016
Francis Kéré Creates Installation from Brightly Colored Thread for First U.S. Retrospective, © Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA
© Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA

Currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art, Award-winning African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has created Colorscape, a installation made from steel and brightly-colored fiber, to accompany his first solo show in the United States. The exhibition is titled The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building with Community, and features of a retrospective of the architect’s career that includes material artifacts, tools and scale-models created for stand-out projects in both Africa and Europe.

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Primary School in Gando Extension / Kéré Architecture

05:00 - 27 April, 2016
 Primary School in Gando Extension  / Kéré Architecture , © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
© Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

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Gando Teacher's Housing / Kéré Architecture

09:00 - 25 April, 2016
Gando Teacher's Housing  / Kéré Architecture , © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
© Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

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Primary School in Gando / Kéré Architecture

03:00 - 22 April, 2016
Primary School in Gando / Kéré Architecture, © Siméon Duchoud
© Siméon Duchoud

© Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk +8

Katiou Library / Albert Faus

02:00 - 6 June, 2015
Katiou Library  / Albert Faus, Courtesy of Albert Faus
Courtesy of Albert Faus
  • Architects

  • Location

    Komsliga Department, Burkina Faso
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Courtesy of Albert Faus

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Center for Educational, Professional and Sports Integration / Albert Faus

02:00 - 27 May, 2015
Center for Educational, Professional and Sports Integration / Albert Faus, © Ibai Rigby
© Ibai Rigby
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Project Area

    145.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Ibai Rigby, Courtesy of Albert Faus

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7 Architects Designing a Diverse Future in Africa

10:30 - 26 February, 2015

As the legacy of the Cold War fades and Western preeminence gradually becomes a thing of the past, population booms in Asia followed by the growth of a vast non-western middle class have seriously challenged the Western perception of the world. The East has become the focal point of the world’s development.

If East Asia is the present focal point of this development, the future indisputably lies in Africa. Long featuring in the Western consciousness only as a land of unending suffering, it is now a place of rapidly falling poverty, increasing investment, and young populations. It seems only fair that Africa’s rich cultures and growing population (predicted to reach 1.4 billion by 2025) finally take the stage, but it’s crucially important that Africa’s future development is done right. Subject to colonialism for centuries, development in the past was characterized by systems that were designed for the benefit of the colonists. Even recently, resource and energy heavy concrete buildings, clothes donations that damage native textile industries, and reforestation programs that plant water hungry and overly flammable trees have all been seen, leaving NGOs open to accusations of well-meaning ignorance.

Fortunately, a growth in native practices and a more sensible, sensitive approach from foreign organizations has led to the rise of architectural groups creating buildings which learn from and improve Africa. Combining local solutions with the most appropriate Western ideas, for the first time these new developments break down the perception of monolithic Africa and have begun engaging with individual cultures; using elements of non-local architecture when they improve a development rather than creating a pastiche of an imagined pan-African culture. The visions these groups articulate are by no means the same - sustainable rural development, high end luxury residences and dignified civic constructions all feature - but they have in common their argument for a bright future across Africa. We’ve collected seven pioneers of Africa’s architectural awakening - read on after the break for the full article and infographic.

Pretoria's Freedom Park, designed by MMA Design Studio with GAPP Architects and MRA Architects. Image Courtesy of MMA Design Studio, GAPP Architects and MRA Architects The Makoko Floating School in Lagos, Nigeria. Image © NLÉ Architects Butaro Hospital in Rwanda. Image © Iwan Baan Red Pepper House in Lamu, Kenya. Image © Alberto Heras +29

LAAFI Nursery School / Albert Faus

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
LAAFI Nursery School / Albert Faus, Courtesy of Albert Faus
Courtesy of Albert Faus
  • Architects

  • Location

    Koudougou, Burkina Faso
  • Project Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Albert Faus

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Diébédo Francis Kéré and Architectural Energy in Burkina Faso

00:00 - 21 September, 2014

"Architecture is much more than art. And it is by far more than just building buildings" says award winning Burkina Faso architect Diébédo Francis Kéré. In the latest video from Louisiana Channel, Berlin-based Francis Kéré deliberates on the purpose of architecture in a changing society and the influence exerted by his home nation, Burkina Faso. For Kéré, context and medium are key: "I try to use local material: mostly clay and wood, to create buildings that are modern," he says. Kéré's clay modernism represents a new Burkina Faso, using natural and renewable materials as shown in School Library Gando. "If we build with clay we will have a better future, because we will use the resources we have," he adds. 

"My people are proud, and that can deliver a lot of energy," says Kéré, optimistic for the future of architecture in Burkina Faso. Watch the video above to find out more about Kéré's approach to his European-based African practice, and read on after the break for ArchDaily's own Interview with Kéré from July.

TED Talk: How to Build with Clay... and Community / Diébédo Francis Kéré

00:00 - 29 March, 2014

In this TED Talk, Aga Khan Award-winning architect Diébédo Francis Kéré explains how to build a community with clay. With his firm Kéré Architecture, the Burkina Faso native has achieved international renown by using local building materials and techniques to engage and improve local expertise. Watch as explains how he applied his personal success to benefit the small African village he grew up in.

In Progress_School Library Gando / Kere Architecture

01:00 - 10 August, 2012
In Progress_School Library Gando / Kere Architecture, Courtesy of Kere Architecture
Courtesy of Kere Architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gando, Burkina Faso
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Kere Architecture

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Women's Health Centre / FARE

01:00 - 5 November, 2008
Women's Health Centre / FARE
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Architects

    FARE
  • Project Architect

    Riccardo Vannucci
  • Project Team

    Giuseppina Forte, Joao Sobral, Erika Trabucco & Emanuela Valle
  • Site Supervision

    Erika Trabucco, Joao Sobral
  • Client

    AIDOS Voix des Femmes
  • Financial Promoters

    Partito dei Democratici di Sinistra, European Commission
  • Budget

    US $267,067
  • Site Area

    1,600 sqm
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

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