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.