An African-born architect, known for creating environmentally friendly buildings even in extremely scarce environments, was awarded the Pritzker Prize, which is called the Nobel Prize in architecture.
The New York Times reported on the 15th that architect Francis Kere from Burkina Faso was selected as the recipient of this years Pritzker Prize.
The Pritzker Prize jury said that Kere created a building that became one with the surrounding environment and residents, and evaluated that his building showed elegant formative beauty without being pretentious.
This is the first time an African-born architect has won the Pritzker Prize.
Growing up in a poor village in Burkina Faso, Kere got the opportunity to study at a vocational school in Germany and studied architecture at the Technical University of Berlin.
He drew attention in 2001 by establishing an elementary school in his hometown of Gando, Burkina Faso.
He made bricks out of clay in response to the local shortage of concrete, and designed the building to maximize natural light and ventilate so that classes can take place in the uncomfortable conditions of hot weather and lack of lighting.
While using limited resources in places such as Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali, Togo, and Kenya, schools and medical institutions were built using the traditional beauty of West Africa.
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