African Design Magazine May 2016 - Page 37

International project Palazzo Litta pavilion venue for cultural and political events. Grand parties for figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Margaret Theresa of Spain have taken place there. “I very much like the power of Palazzo Litta’s architecture, the welcoming courtyard and the spacious rooms, where in every corner you discover surprises,” says Kéré. “This is an excellent setting in which to show contemporary design.” Courtyard Village is the centrepiece of the exhibition “A Matter of Perception: Tradition as Technology,” which explores how homegrown traditions go hand in hand with modern technology. The show was organized by the Belgian publication DAMn° Magazine and the event planner Mosca Partners. The exhibition was on view as part of Fuorisalone 2016. About Diébédo Francis Kéré Diébédo Francis Kéré is a German-trained architect from the small West African town of Gando in Burkina Faso. As the first son of the head of his village, he was the only child allowed to attend school. After excelling in his studies, Kéré was awarded a scholarship to apprentice in Germany, where he went on to earn a university degree in architecture and engineering. Parallel to his studies, he raised money to build a school in his home village. The Gando Primary School was completed in 2001 and received the prestigious Aga Khan Award. Throughout his career, Kéré has focused on reinvesting his knowledge into his community in Burkina Faso and beyond. Using his formal training, he has developed innovative construction strategies that combine traditional materials and building techniques with modern engineering methods. His work has earned him numerous international awards, along with membership in Royal Institute of British Architects. He has held professorships at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, and is regularly invited to speak at events worldwide.