Kéré At Locarno Talks la Mobiliare
The second speaker to take the stage during the inaugural edition of the Locarno Talks la Mobiliare and discuss the theme of “Home” is Diébédo Francis Kéré, whose speech is scheduled on August 10 at 11. As an award-winning architect, homes are his bread and butter, but even more than his profession, it’s his extraordinary biography that has granted him a unique and fascinating perspective of the idea of home. Mr. Kéré was born in Gando, a small village in Burkina Faso. As the eldest son of the village head, he was the first child from Gando to be sent to school. His education eventually brought him to Berlin, where he trained as an architect and in 2005 opened the architecture studio Kéré Architecture, whose international projects have garnered numerous prestigious awards.
Despite his cosmopolitanism, Mr. Kéré never forgot his roots. One of his earliest projects, undertaken while still at university, was founding the Kéré Foundation to construct the first school in his native village. This signaled the start of a career-long commitment to reinvesting knowledge into his home country. In his many projects, Mr. Kéré has sought to combine traditional building materials and techniques with state-of-the-art engineering, not only constructing many beautiful buildings, but also contributing to the improvement of living and working conditions.