Francis Kéré (a+u 620)

Francis Kéré, Andres Lepik (Eds.)

Shinkenchiku-sha, 2022


Francis Kéré, Berlin-based architect originally from the West African nation of Burkina Faso, awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2022. His earliest work, Gando Primary School, succeeded not only in providing a comfortable learning facility for the village where he was born and raised, but also demonstrated that the design process must embrace the cultural and material roots of a place and its people. As the Gando project expanded in scope to include other social amenities like a secondary school, library, and housing for teachers, Kéré’s architecture became a tool of community building and empowerment. This architecture of humanism relies on the metaphor of the palaver tree, under which a community gathers and knowledge is formed and transmitted. Kéré enriches local, basic materials and traditional know-how with thoughtful and forward-looking technological and ecological concepts, such as double roofs, wind towers, and shade chambers, creating a sustainable, low-cost, and high-performance architecture that serves as a model for the Global South. “As a translator who adds new meaning – to uncover, unlearn, and relearn,” Kéré takes advantage of the collective creativity of a place to create architecture “where in the end we see ourselves in it.” Opening with Gando Primary School and ending with ongoing construction projects, furniture pieces, and exhibitions, this monograph presents 34 works. In addition to texts by Kéré and guest editor Andres Lepik, 3 essays by younger architects of African origins situate Kéré’s work in the broader context of architecture and urbanization in the African continent, invoking issues of translatability, authenticity, justice, community, and empowerment.t his reputation on works that are not only innovative but also sustainable and collaborative in nature. This issue examines his development over the years by profiling his numerous projects for education, health care, social welfare, and the arts, as well as other prominent works such as the Burkina Faso National Assembly, Serpentine Pavilion, National Park of Mali, and Goethe-Institut Dakar. The magazine also features examples of Kéré’s work in exhibition design, furniture objects, and even an otherworldly pavilion in Montana. Four authors contribute illuminating essays on the architect.


ISBN: 9784900212770

184 pagina's, geïllustreerd, 29 x 22 cm, paperback, Japans/Engels