Francis Kéré– Undoubtedly my inspirational architects that waved my train of thought,someone that I had the pleasure to meet during summer 2017 on four differentaccounts. An architects that were bornand raised in Burkina Fuso, that has established himself in Germany, Berlin,someone who has given back to themotherland (Burkina Fuso, Kenya, Mali and Togo) Africa, Kéré is a key person in Africa Architecturalmovement that is creating a diverse future for Africa, offered a Grant by aGerman charity for carpentry, but Kéréused this opportunity to train in Architecture in its place before recurring tothe motherland Burkina Fuso, to hishome village of Gando, where his combination of western training and localknowledge has shaped a series of innovative building that has dramatically improved condition.
School Library Gando (Gando, Burkina Faso) PICTUREWide overhanging roofs resist the rainy season andallow passive air circulation to cool Kéré set about using hisEuropean training and traditional African methods to transform Gando, movingthe focus from western “one size fits all” methods to ones that incorporatenative solutions to high temperatures, lack of resources and seasonal weather.Kéré’s work in Gando is well-known thanks to his ground-breaking use oflocal resources, substituting the heat retaining and control concentrated existingwithin the neighbourhood made mud bricks,attached with wide overhanging roofs designed to struggle the rainy season and letinactive airflow to cool the building.The initial achievement of the Gando Primary School has since long-drawn-out toa public library and secondary school, teacher’s housing and a community centre. Kéré has also worked on undertakingdeforestation by by means of Eucalyptus wood for the buildings, a tree often establishedby replanting programs that is water hungry and unfitted to the local weather and replacing them with mango trees,which delivers both a source of fruit andshade to the local community. The source of food is mainly significant; theharsh environment and reliance on millet (pounded and boiled into foufou) mean that the food source is precarious- to some degree that also led Kéré to establish a school allotment, increasingthe variety of the local food supply and education children valued techniqueswhich will result in more sustainable farming practices.