Future 50: Diébédo Francis Kéré 01.08.13

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"What drives me is to make space for my people in Burkina Faso, and inspire them. I am thrilled to create more spaces to excite people by building," Diébédo Francis Kéré says. Kéré was born in Gando, Burkina Faso. After studying architecture in Germany, he returned to the village to apply his skills there. His first building was a primary school, which won him an Aga Khan award for architecture. He went on to extend the school, adding a library, teachers' accommodation and secondary school. With a focus on local materials and a coherent methodology, Kéré is transforming Gando and equipping it with tools for the future. More recently, his design for an "opera house for Africa" in Laongo, an hour from the capital Ouagadougou, developed into an "opera village", to help locals rebuild their lives after the town was devastated by floods. Kéré's work demonstrates that an architect's skills can be part of an effective development strategy. He will be working with the Royal Academy in London in January, he has recently completed an exhibition space in Geneva for the Red Cross and he continues to work in Burkina Faso.

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