MONO.CLUB #53: moderated discussion with Francis Kéré

Celebrating mono.kultur #46: talk and moderated conversation with Francis Kéré, Fiona Shipwright and Matthias Böttger on the issue of ‘Building Community’ at the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (DAZ), Berlin, 11.03.19.

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“I am tempted to invert one of the core questions that appeared in the event description: “Can architecture create a sense of community?” and instead reframe it as, “What kind of architecture can a sense of community create?”

Francis Kéré’s is one answer; what might others be, whether in Gando, Germany or elsewhere?

The second core question, “is architecture a social act?” might also warrant a little rejigging or closer examination of what it is seeking to reveal. Spiro Kostof reminded us back in the 1985, in his book A History of Architecture – Settings and Rituals that: ‘Architecture is a social act and the material theatre of human activity.’”

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