In this latest episode of Archinect Sessions, Ken and Donna share their experiences and thoughts on the 2017 AIA National Conference. We discuss the conversation with Michelle Obama and the keynotes by Francis Kéré (awesome), Michael Murphy (political), and Elizabeth Diller (meh). We also address the positive changes displayed by the AIA this year, along with signs of complete lack of evolution by the Institute. Ken and Donna also share their excellent run-in and conversation with Phil Freelon and his wife Nnenna.
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Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture... He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education. In this charming talk, Kéré shows off some of the beautiful structures he's helped to build in his small village in the years since then, including an award-winning primary school made from clay by the entire community.
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Diébédo Francis Kéré, Architect from Burkina Faso, studied at the „Technische Universität Berlin". He focuses on education as the developing concept for his country, in which he has already built an essential infrastructure.
In the focus of Kéré's drafts are the climatic adaptation, low building costs and the self building: "The community needs to be educated how to monitor the climatic circumstances and to use local materials. Only people who take part in the building process can maintain and spread the word about these architectural projects." (1)
While he was studying, he founded the association "Schulbausteine für Gando e. V." for the funding of his first project, a Primary School in his native village. The building was finished in 2001 and received the Aga -- Khan -- Award for its exemplarity as well as its concise and elegant architecture using basic, constructive instruments. The school is the result of a vision, initially verbalized by the architect and realised by the community. The jury valued especially the great potential of a project which helps the community to develop a healthy pride and hope and creates at the same time a solid base for its development. The fact that Kéré built a Primary School for Gando exemplifies his commitment for education. To him, education is the foundation for every social, technical and economical development.
Meanwhile the Primary School was completed with the Teachers Housing, another school building and a library, so that 900 children can go to school in Gando. Many young men were trained through construction and are now able to find qualified paied work far beyond the region.
Diébédo Francis Kéré connects research and experience as a lecturer at the "Technische Universität Berlin" and as an architect in his own office. His research is contributed to the impartial development of strategies for architecture with local character. As an architect he defines himself as "a bridge between cultures, between the technically and economically developed countries of "the north" and the less developed African countries (the south)" (2)
(Excerpt from biographical materials provided by the architect.)
(1) Kéré, Diébédo Francis: "Todos construimos", in Arquitectura Viva No. 117, supplement ZaragozaKioto -- Arquitecturas para un planeta sostenible, p. 10-11.
(2) Kéré, Diébédo Francis: "Todos construimos", in Arquitectura Viva No. 117, supplement ZaragozaKioto -- Arquitecturas para un planeta sostenible, p. 10-11.
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Award-winning African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré is renowned for his cross-cultural approach to architecture. Although his office, Kéré Architecture, is based in Berlin, many of his projects are carried out in his native West African country Burkina Faso, where he is known for incorporating local materials and talent into his designs.
“I am working between two continents or between two cultures. And what I’m doing is trying to bridge the gap,” Kére told us at the opening of the 2014 Venice Biennale. Kére has carried out projects such as School Library Gando, Centre for Earth Architecture and the National Park of Mali.
Recorded: February 9, 2012
In this excerpt from his February 2012 Current Work lecture, architect Francis Kéré presents a Primary School and Teachers Housing in his native village of Gando in Burkina Faso.
Kéré is increasingly known for his philosophy of “self-building,” in which he works with communities to develop capacity to monitor climactic circumstances and use local materials. Kéré considers new ways architects can exchange knowledge with communities and propose new models for practice. In his own words, “only people who take part in the building process can maintain and spread the word about these architectural projects.”
Diébédo Francis Kéré, from Burkina Faso, studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin, where he is now based. As an architect he defines himself as “a bridge between cultures, between the technically and economically developed countries of ‘the north’ and the less developed African countries (of the south)” His projects have focused on education as “the developing concept for his country.” While a student, he founded the association Schulbausteine für Gando e. V, for the funding of his first project, a Primary School in his native village. The building, completed in 2001, received the Aga Khan Award. The school’s construction is “the result of a vision, initially verbalized by the architect and realized by the community.”
Diébédo Francis Kéré talks about his 2017 Pavilion design, his work in Burkina Faso and his German influences.
Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, Burkina Faso, Francis Kéré design is a responsive Pavilion that seeks to connect its visitors to nature – and each other. An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree’s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against London rain and summer heat.
Film by Candida Richardson
Intervista con Diébédo Francis Kéré, di Kéré Architecture (Berlino, Germania), architetto selezionato per la 15. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura.
Interview with Diébédo Francis Kéré - Kéré Architecture (Berlin, Germany), architect selected to participate in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.
Berlin-based architect Francis Kéré in conversation with Stefano Boeri (Stefano Boeri Architetti), Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries), and Saskia Sassen (Professor, Columbia University).
Architect Francis Kéré talks about the inspiration for the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion and how he hopes people will use it over the summer.
The 2017 Serpentine Pavilion opens on Friday 23 June. Film by Candida Richardson
“Doing architecture is listening.” Some of the greatest architects of our time – from Peter Zumthor to Jean Nouvel and Diébédo Francis Kéré – here share their inspirational thoughts on what it is that makes global architecture work.
Swiss architect Peter Zumthor (b. 1943) always has a certain “feeling for the space”, which enables him to react as an architect. This he also attributes to having background knowledge of the place, which is easier in our modern, global world. The real challenge is to understand the local people and their subtext.
“I’m a contextual architect, but for me the context isn’t only the site.” French architect Jean Nouvel (b. 1945) considers architecture to be part of a wider historical and cultural context. A building, he feels, always has roots, and a building can’t simply be put anywhere and must always develop according to its context.
Danish architect Louis Becker (b. 1962), who is a Principal Partner at Henning Larsen Architects, feels that the globalization of architecture enables architects to both influence – and be influenced: “The nice thing about a Coca Cola is it’s the same thing all over the world… if you did that in architecture, it would be a disaster.”
“Having the opportunity to see both worlds – or even many worlds – is an incredible source of inspiration,” says Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi (b. 1976), who is inspired by travelling the world and aspires to create projects that “seem like they belong there, and at the same time look like they came out of nowhere.”
Norwegian architect Kjetil Trædal Thorsen (b. 1958), founding partner of Snøhetta, feels that there is a great strength in coming from the outside as an architect, as it enables you to “re-search, re-interpret, re-translate.” Moreover, co-operation is key, which also means involving the locals and using their local material – in this sense, architecture builds bridges.
Architecture is a process made in collaboration with the local people, who should ultimately consider the structure their own, according to Burkina Faso architect Diébédo Francis Kéré (b. 1965): “Architecture starts with people.” In continuation of this, Kéré uses old, local materials to create something new and appealing.
English architect Norman Foster (b. 1935) feels that it is important to use architecture as a tool to address some of the bigger social issues – such as sanitation, water and power – while still respecting the urban structure. The true task is to transform e.g. settlements rather than simply tear them down.
The interviews can be watched in full length at http://channel.louisiana.dk/topics/architecture
All interviews by Marc-Christoph Wagner, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016
Award-winning architect Francis Kéré talks about his approach when designing for children and families, featuring Gando Primary School, Burkina Faso, and the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion.
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