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Episode 55 | Designing for the Future, Pt. 1

Diébédo Francis Kéré discusses the origins of his practice, and how good design builds community.

Episode 55 | Designing for the Future, Pt. 1

About Diébédo Francis Kéré
Diébédo Francis Kéré is a Burkinabe architect based in Berlin, Germany, whose work straddles community development in the developing world and award-winning architecture in the first world. His work transcends the traditional dichotomy between first world ‘starchitect’ architecture and socially-minded practice. Kéré’s process includes the entire community, gathering together different participants in both the design and construction phases. This allows a synthesis between traditional building techniques and modern construction.

Diébédo Francis Kéré was the first child in his village to go to university, and after completing his courses at the Technical University of Berlin, he returned home and began a process of community design.

Diébédo Francis Kéré is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.


Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our Producer and Sound Engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Leah Freidenrich, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation. Our theme music for 2017 is "Sorry" by Comfort Fit. The break music is "El hadji n'fa djigui Diabaté" by Salimata Diabaté from her album "Djigui."