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La Pyramide

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
by Rinaldo Olivier

The great concrete La Pyramide, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, was a brave attempt to reinvent the city’s covered market. However, it failed due to its high maintenance costs and inefficient design, and has been empty since the 1980s.

Designed by Italian architect Rinaldo Olivier, La Pyramide was..

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Francis Kere

Berlin, Germany
born 1965, Gando

Diébédo Francis Kéré is a German-trained architect from 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. He then..

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Gando Primary School

Gando, Burkina Faso
by Francis Kere

As a native of Burkina Faso, Diébédo Francis Kéré grew up with many challenges and few resources. When he was a child, he travelled nearly 40 kilometers to the next village in order to attend a school with poor lighting and ventilation. The experience of trying to learn in this oppressive..

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In 2012, Kéré Architecture embarked on a project to build a medical centre in Léo, a town in Sissili Province in Burkina Faso situated near the border with Ghana, around 150 kilometres south of the capital city, Ouagadougou. The population of Léo is 50,000, but the medical centre will also serve..

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Gando Teacher's Housing

Gando, Burkina Faso
by Francis Kere

The housing situation for the teaching staff in the countryside is an important challenge for the whole country. Teachers often refuse to leave the cities for the countryside, since accommodation is basic and in short supply. Long commutes and bad roads can delay teachers, hampering the education..

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