Transferred to July 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 27th World Congress of Architects is already organising virtual discussions. The idea is to establish an open, collaborative programme fostering reflections and proposals responding to the contemporary challenges raised by cities.
The countdown to the event begins this next week, with the publication of special content in the UIA2021RIO social networks, with videos featuring statements and interviews with speakers, contributors and partners. They talk about the impact of the pandemic, what could be altered in city configurations, and what architects and urban planners should contribute to society.
Miguel Pinto Guimarães interviews Francis Kéré
A leading name in the modern world, African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré is one of the participants in the special programme for the week. Interviewed by fellow architect Miguel Pinto Guimarães, their conversation will be released in the UIA2021RIO networks on Thursday, July 23.
Born in Burkina Faso, Kéré has proven an agent for social transformation in his home continent. His designs blend traditional construction materials and methods, with community participation.
Confirmed as a keynote speaker at the 27th World Congress of Architects, during this interview Kéré outlines his view of the world in the current context, talking about his activities in countries as different as Mali, Yemen, China and the USA.
The winner of several international architecture prizes, including the Aga Khan Award for Achitecture, the Global Holcim Award, the BSI Swiss Architectural Award and the Schelling Architecture Award, Diébédo Francis Kéré was included for the first time this year on the Architectural Digest list of the world’s most influential architects and interior designers: AD100 2020.
With projects implemented in Brazil and elsewhere in the world, Rio-born architect Miguel Pinto Guimarães guides the conversation through his studies of traditional peoples and the harmonisation of architecture with natural landscapes, climate and plantlife. He is also confirmed as a speaker at UIA2021RIO.
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