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Francis Kéré Designs Education Campus for Mama Sarah Obama Foundation in Kenya. Kéré Architecture has designed a $12 million "Legacy Campus" in Kenya for the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF) - the foundation of the sole living grandparent of president Barack Obama whose mission is to feed and educate children and impoverished families. Planned for Kogelo, Kenya (the birthplace of President Barack Obama’s father), the phased plan is to build an early childhood development center, a primary and secondary school, a vocational training school and eventually a hospital all within a single campus. "The goal of the project is to promote a sustainable approach to community-strengthening and education," says Kéré. "Each school is uniquely designed for its specific age group with age-appropriate libraries, playgrounds, and sports fields. By creating educational environments that promote curiosity and critical-thinking, students will anticipate educational advancement and will be prepared to succeed in their everyday lives beyond the classroom.

Lalibela Monolithic Rock-cut Churches. Orkidstudio - Humanitarian Design Organisation. Diébédo Francis Kéré: Architecture is a wake-up call. Burkina Faso. As the legacy of the Cold War fades and Western preeminence gradually becomes a thing of the past, population booms in Asia followed by the growth of a vast non-western middle class have seriously challenged the Western perception of the world. The East has become the focal point of the world’s development. If East Asia is the present focal point of this development, the future indisputably lies in Africa. Long featuring in the Western consciousness only as a land of unending suffering, it is now a place of rapidly falling poverty, increasing investment, and young populations. It seems only fair that Africa’s rich cultures and growing population (predicted to reach 1.4 billion by 2025) finally take the stage, but it’s crucially important that Africa’s future development is done right.

Subject to colonialism for centuries, development in the past was characterized by systems that were designed for the benefit of the colonists. The Atelier - a Christmas Appeal for Gando, Burkina Faso – Schulbausteine für Gando e.V. The founder of Schulbausteine für Gando e.V., Francis Kéré, had a simple goal: born in Gando, Burkina Faso, he wanted to build a school which would withstand the rain season and be well adapted to the climate and culture. Today, the aim of our projects is to provide education and localized needs in an underserved region where more than 90% of the population is illiterate.

We believe education is the starting point for ensuring the long term resilience of a community. We take a holistic approach, understanding that to be meaningful, education alone is not enough and must be combined with provisions such as adult training, health and food security. Our development vision is articulated by Francis Kéré and embraced by the community. Together we have built a primary school, a school extension and housing for teachers. Further we are in the process of constructing a library, a women’s center and a secondary school. >> The Atelier << Please visit for more information.

Schulbausteine für Gando e.V: Donate to our organisation. Schulbausteine für Gando e.V. pursues a sustainable and environmentally-friendly approach in all projects. The architectural designs developed make maximum use of natural resources such as clay, and all other materials are purchased in Burkina Faso itself. There is no need for shipping building materials. In addition to this, construction is carried out by villagers in the community of Gando. In this way, the environmental impact of transportation and construction is kept to a minimum. By using local labour we avoid the financial and environmental cost of flying engineers and consultants to Burkina Faso. Furthermore our projects are sustainable in that the buildings are durable and easy to maintain. The first primary school was completed in 2001 and is still in perfect condition 11 years on.

We recognize the need for education as a central part of sustainability. Why LEED Doesn’t Work in Rural Africa and What Will. Originally published on Intercon, Ohioan and Africa-based architect Charles Newman, LEED AP discusses the pitfalls of LEED in rural Africa. Newman, who is currently working for the International Rescue Committee in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, is dedicated to the integration of sustainability in communities worldwide. Learn more about his work and travels on his blog Afritekt. While in a small southern town of the Democratic Republic of Congo in mid-2012, a colleague of mine approached me for some guidance on a large health proposal he was putting together.

A portion of the grant would be earmarked for the construction of hundreds of clinics across the DR Congo, and he mentioned that the donor would be very interested in “green” building standards. Knowing that I was a LEED Accredited Professional, he began asking how we might be able to incorporate such building standards into the designs for the pending projects. My response was frank: “No, not really. Where LEED Falls Short. Butaro Doctors’ Housing / MASS Design Group. Architects: MASS Design Group Location: Rwanda Architect in Charge: MASS Design Group Area: 500.0 sqm Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Iwan Baan From the architect. Background Global health pioneer Partners In Health (PIH) partnered with the Rwandan Ministry of Health in 2005 to extend health care access throughout rural Rwanda—particularly to the Burera District’s population of 340,000 who had limited access to care.

Recognizing an opportunity to leverage design for improved health outcomes, PIH partnered with MASS Design Group (MASS) in 2008 to build the Butaro District Hospital. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, including immersive learning alongside the doctors, nurses, staff, and community, the project cultivated new ideas about how to design for better health. Yet it also uncovered a pivotal challenge in health delivery: the new facilities would only be sustainable if they can continue to attract and retain the best staff over the long term. Design And Construction. Umubano Primary School / MASS Design Group. Architects: MASS Design Group Location: Kigali, Rwanda Architect in Charge: MASS Design Group Design Team: Michael Murphy, Alan Ricks, Sierra Bainbridge, Ebberly Strathairn, Branden Collins, Andrew Brose, Marika Shioiri-Clark, Ryan Leidner, Eric Mutabazi Area: 900.0 sqm Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Iwan Baan Consultants: Ujenge Construction and Engineering, K.

Dohrety Landscape Design: Sierra Bainbridge From the architect. Background In 2007, UK charity A Partner In Education (APIE), as part of its mission to boost education in Africa, committed to building a new school campus in the Kigali neighborhood of Kabeza to replace dilapidated existing facilities. Contextual Design The design of the building layout and circulation takes direct inspiration from the neighborhood and the region; due to the hilly landscape, people travel across switchbacks on terraced agricultural land — and the school’s traversing walkways and outdoor classrooms mirror this context. Amenities.


Balaguina | Stichting Dogon Onderwijs. The village Balaguina lies on the Pinari plateau, about 40 kilometers south east of Mopti and 500 kilometers from Bamako, the capital. The school is situated along the road to Nando and other surrounding villages. The location was carefully chosen together with the inhabitants of the village.By placing the school outside of the village Balaguina, on the road to surrounding villages, the school “belongs” to all of them.

The project is an ensemble of the school building, houses for teachers, sanitation blocks, a well and communal outdoor space. The terrain will be enclosed by Jatropha plants to offer some protection against animals. The architecture of the school and the houses for teachers has a close connection with the local building and housing traditions. In the Dogon region different types of building methods and materials are applied , depending on the exact location. Download here the project presentation of the Primary School in Balaguina. Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce Headquarters Winning Proposal / BC Architects. BC Architects, in collaboration with ABBA architects and Adey Tadesse, won the competition for the Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce Headquarters in Ethiopia with their approach towards a “glocaldesign”. With the goal of sensibly involving local materials in this mid-high-rise building, this resulted in a local nature stone façade system inspired by a ‘Netela’ (threaded Ethiopian textile which so nicely shows the threads of cotton and which has a character of both shadow and transparency).

More images and architects’ description after the break. The creation of urban potential – through architecture, and the quest for a glocal architecture urbanism, in common perception, comes before architecture: urbanism creates potential by generating conditions to orchestrate the city’s latter architectural objects. Urbanism is a very generous way of thinking, since a lot is left open, whereas architecture is a more selfish discipline, which uses up the potential generated by others.

Francis Kere Architecture. National Park of Mali / Kere Architecture. Architect: Kere Architecture, Diébédo Francis Kéré Location: Bamako, MaliClient: AKDN /AKTC Project Team: Diébédo Francis Kéré, Isabelle McKinnon, Claudia Buhmann, Olivier Gondouin, Emanuela Smiglak, Ines Bergdolt Landscape Design: Planning Partners, SA Structural Engineer: Birad SARL (concrete), SAMKO Turkey (roofing) Construction Supervision: AKTC (Roberto Fabbro, Souleymane Diallo, Manuel Mora Sánchez, Hamed el Biblawy) in coordination with Kere ArchitecturePlant Engineering: AKTC (Sylvain Fovet) Project Area: 3000 sqm Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Iwan Baan The population of Bamako, the capital of the Republic of Mali, has risen rapidly in recent years to over one million inhabitants, creating new demand for housing and public facilities.

In this context, the need for far-sighted urban planning was crucial. The Park features a comprehensive pedestrian circulation network and formal promenades throughout. Text provided by Kere Architecture. 2 Houses in Mauritius / Rethink Studio. Architects: Rethink Studio Location: Pereybere, Mauritius Client: Private Project Team: Nitish Chummun, Michael Leclezio, Verity Nesbitt, Yannick Goldsmith Engineers: Dawn Engineering Ltd. Project Year: 2011 Project Area: House 01 aprox. 250 sqm, House 02 aprox. 200 sqm Photographs: Gordon Mackenzie – Kennedy Located at the end of the quiet beach of Merville Bay in the north of the island just outside the village of Grand Baie, the site is endowed with filtered views of the tropical lagoon beyond the lush vegetation. The Client wanted to make alterations and additions to an existing old stone stables and demolish the existing concrete house adjacent to form two separate occupancies, one to live and the other as a rental property.

The concept for the project took on the volumes from the existing typography of the detached villas in the vicinity and extrapolated these forms as shells. Primary School in Balaguina / Joop van Stigt and Jurriaan van Stigt. Architects: Joop van Stigt and Jurriaan van Stigt Location: Mopti, Mali Area: 420 sqm Year: 2012 Photographs: Courtesy of Foundation Dogon Education Contractor: Amatigue Dara, realization in collaboration with students of the Technical School in Sévaré and Inhabitants of Balaguina Cost: 41,000 Euro Client: Foundation Dogon Education The project site is situated in the rural village Balaguina, in the Dogon region in Mali (declared Unesco World Heritage site in 1986), in the West African Sahel. The Dogon region is underdeveloped, as the government hardly invests in this remote region of the country. An important key to improve living conditions of the Dogon people is the development of education.

Context The village Balaguina lies on the Pinari plateau, about 40 kilometers south east of Mopti and 500 kilometers from Bamako, the capital. The school is situated along the road to Nando and other surrounding villages. Basic principles Use of local materials/basic technologies Design Ensemble School. Baan - photography. Medical Housing Compound / Studio Tam associati. Architects: Studio tamassociati – Raul Pantaleo, Massimo Lepore, Simone Sfriso, con Pietro Parrino y Gino Strada Location: Soba, Khartoum, Sudan Client: Emergency NGO Coordinator: Emergency Technical Office, Pietro Parrino Structural Engineering: Francesco Steffinlongo Services & Mechanical Engineering: Nicola Zoppi Site Engineering: Roberto Crestan, Alessandro Tamai, Claudio Gatti Contractor: ISNAD Sudan Site Area: 8,663 sqm Constructed Area: 1,668 sqm Project Year: 2008-2009 Photographs: Raul Pantaleo Looking at the amount of discarded containers laying around the building site of the Salam Centre we had this simple idea: to use them again in order to realize the required international staff housing compound.

The Compound placed besides the Hospital, in the surroundings of the Nile river, is realized around a great courtyard full of wonderful mango trees. It consists of 95 20ft-containers for housing and 7 40ft-containers for the cafeteria. . * Location to be used only as a reference. How to Re-Invent the African Mud Hut. It’s not often that a project requires you to bulk up on your haggling skills. Then again, it’s not often that a project requires you to re-invent the African Mud Hut either. But that was exactly the task presented to Karolina and Wayne Switzer, participants of the Nka Foundation’s “10×10 Shelter Challenge” to design and build a 10 by 10 feet shelter deep in the heart of Ghana.

The pair, who just completed their project this month, were dependent upon the local community to make the shelter a reality, and had to learn early on how to communicate with the locals – not just to negotiate prices for materials and labor, but to overcome the local stigma associated with mud architecture (usually only used by the very poor). The result was a contemporary, durable shelter built with a construction method inspired by local tradition: the pounding of the fufu root, a diet staple for the community, which uncannily paralleled the pounding of fresh soil into the forms. By Barthosa Nkurumeh PhD. Villa Suluwilo / COA.

Architects: COA Location: Vamizi Island, Mozambique Project area: 550 sqm Project year: 2009 – 2011 Photographs: Chris Coldicott The use of simple linear plan forms, broken up into pavilions to accommodate the natural vegetation and site features dominate the layout. While the living courtyards, solid clay wall elements, open air bathrooms, “cooling” planted water features, connecting walkways, daybeds etc all have strong similarities to the Traditional Villa, it is the more creative ‘organic’ roof and the utilization of the roof space that is the essential difference in the design. The roof lines were inspired both by the organic shell forms of the marine environment but also by the ubiquitous dhow sails seen all over the Quirimbas on the local fishing vessels. Such a roof was seen to introduce more interest and uniqueness and will be very responsive to cooling from the prevailing winds. . * Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.

Aging in Africa / HWKN. Emergency Pediatric Clinic, Darfur. Watertower / Hugon Kowalski. MASS DESIGN GROUP / WELCOME. Youth Center In Niafourang / Project Niafourang.