This TED talk by Francis Kere (circa2013) is one of six recommended TED talks for Architects (with a sense of entrepreneurship) in 2017 as curated by Archipreneur.

In his talk, Kéré describes the involvement of local communities as crucial part of the success of his projects. Soft spoken and keeping eye contact with the audience, Kéré captivates, demonstrating that speaking and thinking about architecture as an expression of personal ethos can always generate interest and draw attention. Passion, for Kéré, is what makes him successful.

 

As you may should know, Diébédo Francis Kéré grew up in a small village in Burkina Faso and went to architecture school in Berlin where he’s currently based. His practice focuses on adapting modern technology to build affordable buildings for struggling communities throughout the world, including his home country.

 

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