Architecture, Kéré explains, is basically a social process – especially in the poorer and less developed regions of the world. It is about integrating the people, you build for, making them feel, it is their project. In this way, they identify with the building and are proud of it.
In his works, Kére chooses to work with local materials – wood and clay – although his buildings must have a modern articulation. The local community very often identify traditional materials with a premodern stage of development.
Involving people means teaching them modern building skills, which they later on will need to maintain the building. Besides that, local materials are ideal in confronting the climatic challenges of the region.
Kéré says. “If we learn to build with local materials, we have a future. Architecture can bring a lot to a local society like mine. Architecture makes people proud, simply proud. And that can generate a lot of energy.”