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December 11, 2013

Diébédo Francis Kéré’s TEDCity2.0 Talk Posted

Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré tells a heartfelt and captivating story about his journey from Gando, Burkina Faso, to Germany and back in the newly released TEDCity2.0 talk “How to build with clay… and community.” As principal of Kéré Architecture, he has been able to apply learnings from his education in Europe to empower his native community through design and building. From barrel vaults to clay pots to cast clay, Kéré combines new construction methodologies with familiar materials to create long-lasting buildings and inspired community members in Gando.

Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education. In this charming talk, Kéré shows off some of the beautiful structures he’s helped to build in his small village in the years since then, including an award-winning primary school made from clay by the entire community.

Click here to watch Diébédo Francis Kéré TEDCity2.0 talk, online at TED.com.

September 17, 2013

Counting down to TEDCity2.0 on Friday

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TEDCity2.0 will take place this Friday, September 20, uniquely focused on the future of cities. Co-curated and co-hosted by Chris Anderson, Courtney Martin, and our own John Cary, the anchor event will take place at The TimesCenter, with roughly 130 TEDx events around the world simulcasting the event, in addition to the free TED.com Livestream. Among many others, TEDCity2.0 will showcase a selection of public interest design advocates, including:

Photographer Iwan Baan captures life in informal communities, including a vertical slum in Caracas

Civic technologist Catherine Bracy, who is scaling “Code for America” internationally

Housing advocate Shaun Donovan, the U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development

Visionary architect Chris Downey, who lost his sight and gained new ways of seeing the world

Place maker Toni Griffin, an urban planner working to make cities more just

Sustainability guru Lance Hosey, who’s on a mission to make green design beautiful

Burkina Faso architect Diébédo Francis Kéré creates elegance using local crafts and materials

Transportation evangelist Enrique Peñalosa turned Bogota into an international model for pedestrian life

Impact designer Alan Ricks believes the global south has something to teach the global north about beauty

Poverty professor Ananya Roy, exploring the ingenuity of the world’s most vulnerable

Walkability advocate Jeff Speck, who fights against suburban sprawl and bad urban policy

Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is putting pedestrians at the forefront of New York’s transportation policy

Click here to learn more about TEDCity2.0, online at TED.com.

August 8, 2013

TEDCity2.0 Speakers Announced

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TED today announced the full speaker lineup for TEDCity2.0–a brand new TED event focused on the future of cities. Co-curated and co-hosted by Chris Anderson, Courtney Martin, and our own John Cary, the event will take place Friday, September 20, at The TimesCenter. It will “surface stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, and feature an unexpected mix of over 20 speakers.” A limited number of tickets are available, but the event will also be livestreamed for free at TED.com, and at dozens of TEDx events around the world. Among many others, TEDCity2.0 will showcase a selection of public interest design advocates, including:

Photographer Iwan Baan captures life in informal communities, including a vertical slum in Caracas

Civic technologist Catherine Bracy is scaling “Code for America” internationally

Housing advocate Shaun Donovan, the U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development

Visionary architect Chris Downey, who lost his sight and gained new ways of seeing the world

Place maker Toni Griffin, an urban planner working to make cities more just

Sustainability guru Lance Hosey, who’s on a mission to make green design beautiful

Burkina Faso architect Diébédo Francis Kéré creates elegance using local crafts and materials

Transportation evangelist Enrique Peñalosa turned Bogota into an international model for pedestrian life

Impact designer Alan Ricks believes the global south has something to teach the global north about beauty

Poverty professor Ananya Roy, exploring the ingenuity of the world’s most vulnerable

Walkability advocate Jeff Speck, who fights against suburban sprawl and bad urban policy

Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is putting pedestrians at the forefront of New York’s transportation policy

Click here to learn more about TEDCity2.0, online at TED.com.

April 5, 2012

Urban Think Tank awarded Holcim Global Prize

As announced last week, the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has issued its 2012 Global Prizes. Beyond Kéré Architecture‘s $200,000 Gold Prize-winning secondary school project, profiled here last week, the $100,000 Global Silver Prize-winner is a fascinating multifunctional public building, called Grotao, in the Paraisópol favela of São Paulo–an informal settlement home to more than 100,000 people. The project, which started construction in June 2011, is designed by Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner of Urban Think Tank, based in Brazil. It was recognized with the 2011 Holcim Gold Award for Latin America, thus making it a contender for the global prize. In describing the project’s “Ethical standards and social equity,” Brillembourg and Klumpner write:

The project expands the definition of sustainability beyond ecological terms into the area of social sustainability. Improvement of this and other marginalized zones depends on the provision of basic services, equal resource distribution, and adequate social infrastructure and programs where they all have been conventionally ignored. The terraces provide necessary public space in the overly dense fabric in the form of a dynamic and productive zone available to all residents. They provide a framework to integrate previously fragmented areas with new social infrastructure and diverse programs to strengthen collective identity and ensure positive growth for the future. The design process is built on community participation in both the initial design phase and in the end use of the space.

Click here to learn more about this unique project in the favelas of São Paulo and the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.

March 30, 2012

Kéré Architecture Clinches Top Holcim Award

The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction announced yesterday the honorees of its global award program. Drawn from five regions of the world, 53 projects were contenders for one of several global prizes. The $200,000 Grand (“Gold”) Prize winner is a secondary school, profiled here previously and in the current issue of Architectural Record magazine. Currently under construction, the school is designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré of Berlin-based Kéré Architecture for his native village of Gando, Burkina Faso.

Speaking of the project, jury chair Enrique Norton of TEN Arquitectos is quoted in the press release (http://www.holcimfoundation.org/T1510/HolcimAwards-eng.htm) saying, “It’s not only a very elegant design solution, but it’s also a project that brings together the work of the community. It uses local materials, and with very simple means, it creates a really fabulous environment, both from a social point of view and also a constructive point of view.”

Click here to read the Holcim Awards press release, or click here to learn more about Kéré Architecture’s prize-winning project.

March 16, 2012

ArchRecord: Public Projects by Kéré Architecture

For our ongoing coverage of Architectural Record‘s “Building for Social Change” issue, we return today to Africa, specifically to the village of Gando, hometown of architect Diébédo Kéré and his practice, Kéré Architecture, profiled here. Kéré’s first project, a clay-brick primary school in Gando, was designed in 1999, while the architect was still a student in Germany, where he still maintains a small office; it later won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, recognized for its use of local labor and materials. Subsequent projects, mostly funded by the architect’s foundation, have included additional school work, a library, and a women’s center.

“Francis is a great example of someone who works with a community, bringing knowledge, adapting it to the local means, and exchanging it–not just doing charity architecture,” says Andres Lepik, current Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and incoming chair of architectural history and curatorial practice at the Technical University of Munich. Lepik featured Kéré’s work in the 2010 “Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement” exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. “He also designs beautiful projects, which is important because you’re not only providing for a need but creating something of cultural value as well.”

Click here to read more about the work of Kéré Architecture in Architectural Record. Caption: Photo above of Kéré’s Primary School Extension.

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