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Rad­ic­ally Simple

Unlike almost any oth­er archi­tect, Diébédo Fran­cis Kéré (*1965 in Burk­ina Faso) stands for the asso­ci­ation of con­struct­ive, social, and cul­tur­al aspects of build­ing. He made a name for him­self not only with his designs for Chris­toph Schlingensief’s Opera Vil­lage Africa. He has received numer­ous inter­na­tion­al awards, primar­ily for his build­ing pro­jects in his nat­ive coun­try of Burk­ina Faso— includ­ing the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Archi­tec­ture. His struc­tures join his form­al train­ing at the Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin with the tra­di­tion­al build­ing meth­ods of Burk­ina Faso. In doing so, he places loc­al social and his­tor­ic­al needs at the cen­ter of his design con­cepts. The innov­at­ive thing about this work is: he relies on the inhab­it­ants. They are trained to become pro­fes­sion­als and thus the con­struct­ors of their own future. This first mono­graph on his extens­ive oeuvre provides unique insight into the cre­at­ive work of this out­stand­ing archi­tect and renders vis­ible the fact that archi­tec­ture not only revolves around build­ings, but always around people as well.

Exhib­i­tion: Architek­tur­mu­seum TU München in der Pinakothek der Mod­erne, 17th Novem­ber 2016–26th Feb­ru­ary 2017

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The Typefaces:
As body text typeface, I chose my redesigned FF Sizmo.
Accord­ing to the visu­al lan­guage of Fran­cis Kéré’s archi­tec­ture, I designed two Dis­play typefaces that were also used for the exhib­i­tion design. For these typefaces, I got my inspir­a­tion from ori­gin­al shop let­ter­ings from Burk­ina Faso.
Anoth­er quote from Burk­ina Faso based designs are the pat­terns and bor­ders, I used on the divid­ing pages between the chapters of the book.

Kom­mune Sten­cil Type Spe­ci­men, avail­able at Laïc: Type Foundry. »> more »>


Hec­tor Type Spe­ci­men


My regards go to the won­der­ful team of Fran­cis Kéré’s archi­tec­ture, who made this fant­ast­ic pro­ject pos­sible.
A big thank you to Andres Lepik, Ayça Beygo, and Mar­celo Della Giustina from the Architek­tur­mu­seum TU München in der Pinakothek der Mod­erne!
I’m very grate­ful for the great sup­port by Heidrun Zim­mer­mann from Hatje Cantz.

Hatje Cantz, 2016
Ed. Andres Lepik, text(s) by Andres Lepik u.a., Ayca Beygo
Ger­man, ISBN 978–3‑7757–4216‑0
Eng­lish, ISBN 978–3‑7757–4217‑7
208 pp., 260 ills.
24.00 x 28.00 cm