Diébédo Francis Kéré and Architectural Energy in Burkina Faso

“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 and wood, to create buildings that are modern,” he says. Kéré’s 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

In this TED Talk, Aga Khan Award-winning architect Diébédo Francis Kéré explains how to build a community with . 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

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Architects: Kere Architecture
Location: , Burkina Faso
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Kere Architecture

Women’s Health Centre / FARE

Architects: FARE

Location: Ouagadougou,
Project Architect: Riccardo Vannucci
Project Team: Giuseppina Forte, Joao Sobral, Erika Trabucco & Emanuela Valle
Site supervision: Erika Trabucco, Joao Sobral
Client: AIDOS [Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo] Voix des Femmes
Financial Promoters: Partito dei Democratici di Sinistra, European Commission
Design Year: 2005
Construction Year: 2006-2007
Site Area: 1,600 sqm
Constructed Area: 500 sqm
Budget: US $267,067
Photographs: FARE

This project just won the Health Category Award in the World Architecture Festival.

Project description and some great pictures of the construction process after the break.