Francis Kéré’s architecture and the philosophy behind his way of working will be the key themes discussed at a public meeting coming up on June 6 at Ambra Jovinelli theatre in Rome, on the occasion of the final event in the Rufa Contest. The theme of the third edition of the contest for students at Rome University of Fine Arts was “HUMAN DEMOCRACY. Think of the world you want”.
The architectural projects Francis Kéré has built in Burkina Faso, his country of origin, including an elementary school with teachers’ residences in Gando and a secondary school in Dano, which won him the BSI Swiss Architectural Award in 2010, pertain to the questions asked of students in the Rufa Contest: “What kind of world would you like to see for yourself and your future?”.
“Humble, simple architecture”, sustainable architecture that draws on local natural resources and the potential of local communities. An architecture of solidarity which brings with it a strong sense of community, in which humanity and nature live together in perfect harmony: architect Diébédo Francis Kéré applies the same artistic philosphy to his recent Serpentine Pavilion 2017 project in London, to be presented to the public on June 28 2017.