Diébédo Francis Kéré: How to build with clay… and community

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.

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50 Responses

  1. Very impressive talk! Much respect to him and his community 🙂 So many good things can be created when people come together to innovate. Ideas like this need more spreading.

  2. When I found Diébédo Francis Kéré, I found a path in architecture field. For the first time I’m visiting my ancestors in a village called Degbo,Somaliland in April to establish a rural one-classroom primary school and teachers residence.

  3. what a beautiful story! nowadays there are a lot of people trying to revive comunism in Latin America, but no one understands the real value of comunity as this person does!

  4. Diébédo Francis Kéré is one of my biggest inspirations. Because of him, I have decided to dedicate my life to sustainable development

  5. build with clay, its environmentally friendly, fire resistant, termite resistant, mold resistant, proper insulation

  6. Thank you, for this inspiring video. Congratulation for what you have achieved, change the dream to reality. Our continent need more changemakers like you.

  7. I am so short of words. Genius mind!!!!! Oh lord you are a saviour to the rest of africa and a great inspiration

  8. Very good, an example how to live better helping its own community.
    Is a path the African’s communities should follow.

    Very proud of him and what he has done for Africa in general.

  9. I have failed my village.

    Diebedo Francis Kere did help his village.

    I pray that Jesus can help me change & that he can heip me achieve.

  10. Hi, we are Schulbausteine für Gando, the association founded by Francis Kéré.
    Kéré Architecture, the Accademia di Architettura of Mendrisio (Switzerland) and us are building a new project in Gando: the ATELIER.
    If you like Francis´ works and support his idea, check the project.

    #ateliergando #community #innovation  

  11. So moving and inspiring! I wish there be thousand of people like Diebedo Francis Kere and his community!,, this world would be a better place where to live!

  12. I love how you can make something with the power of your hands, the creativity of your mind and the soil that surrounds you. People like Kéré prove that the only thing that stands between us and our goals is our own doubt.

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