A few days ago, the name of this year’s Pritzker Prize winner was announced. The Nobel Prize in Architecture has been awarded since 1989. This time Pritzker-winning architect Diebedo Francis Kere. This is the first time a black person or an African has won the title.
Born in Gando, an obscure village in Burkina Faso, a small, poor country in West Africa. Far from practicing ‘architecture’ there, drinking water and electricity were not available. Dievedo’s father was the village head. The people of his village did not understand then why he was sending his eldest son to study without putting him to work in agriculture.
Dievedo had no school in his village. Leaving his family, he was admitted to a school in another village, where the school is just a cement house. Hundreds of students used to study there with great difficulty in the heat. After passing the school, Dievedo traveled to Berlin to collect scholarships. Although he started teaching in technical education in the beginning, he graduated in architecture due to his talent and hard work. And then he went back to his village as an architect to build a school suitable for children. That was in 2001. “People in my community believe that each of us must give something back to society,” Kerr said. With that idea, I started building a school in my village. ‘ ” Every verse reminded me of children like me who suffered in extreme heat, “It simply came to our notice then. The main goal of Kerr’s school design, made of indigenous clay and wood, was to make sure that sunlight could be used inside the classroom, even if the intense heat of the sun was trapped outside the walls. That architecture won many international awards that year.
For more than two decades, Kerry has been imprinted with his unique style of architecture around the world. And everywhere with European technology used indigenous, readily available materials. For example, in the library of Gando Primary School, Kerry planted large earthenware pots to bring water to different places on the roof. He made big holes in the bottom of the pot so that the bright sunlight could easily penetrate into the pot and illuminate the library room with soft light. A hospital in Burkina Faso has built windows of various heights so that doctors can stand, visitors can sit and patients can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. He has given priority to the combination of nature and man in the design of such kisses.
In a speech after receiving the Pritzker Prize, Kerry said Burkina Faso had not changed much. Even today the people there are so poor. Even today there is a shortage of drinking water and electricity. When the opportunity arose, some villagers left, but never returned. As a result, the village does not improve. In Kerr’s words, “When I first came back to the village, the school would be built with local soil. Diebedo has created a magic. From various countries in Africa to Geneva, London, his architectural monuments are all over the world. In addition to his training, a young worker in Burkina Faso is now working for Kerr’s company, Kerr Architecture.
“My work is rooted in my society,” Kerry said. The Pritzker Committee reported that Kurnish was trying to get him back to his roots.