Diébédo Francis Kéré: Architecture is a wake-up call

30. September 2014
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In a short film from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, Diébédo Francis Kéré, an architect from Burkina Faso who is based in Berlin, speaks about how he designs and builds for the people of his native country.
Kéré defines architecture as a "a process held together with people," an idea that has led him to build in readily available clay. To overcome people's desire to use modern, non-local materials, the architect infuses the buildings with a novelty that creates unexpected yet functional spaces, such as the library under construction in Gando shown above. Kéré's buildings are therefore highly sustainable while moving beyond traditional forms in their expression.

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