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“Simplicity or simpliness should not be confused with something of less value.” (Francis Kéré)

Words of author: Francis Kéré (Gando 1965), architect, Aga Khan Prize in 2004.

Francis Kéré was the first who learn to read in his tribe from Burkina Faso and after training in Europe, in Berlin, has become the most famous architect in Africa.

His goal is to create infrastructures that help man and protect the environment, according to a statement to EFE Agency in Madrid about an exhibition that shows his work for the first time in Spain since October 3, 2018.

“For me, architecture is service to humanity,” he said.

Thanks to being the first son of the leader of his village, Kéré had the “luck” to go to school, considered by many of the inhabitants of his village as a waste of time, but crucial for his future.

“When I was a kid I used to sit in a classroom that was dark, where it was very hot and I wanted to change that. I began to have the ambition to be an architect some day to change the situation of the classrooms in the villages”, he explained.

Finished his primary studies, Kéré got a scholarship to train in Germany and could graduate in architecture and engineering.

“If you develop the architecture in a way that saves money, that protects the environment, that fits in the world that surrounds it, you can change the world,” he said.

His first project, awarded Aga Khan Prize in 2004, was a school in Gando, the small town in West Africa where he was born, with very limited funds that forced him to take advantage of local resources, both in the workforce and in the materials.

One of the keys to its architecture is the combination of high technology engineering principles with the most traditional knowledge and materials that can be found in Africa and that allow you to create modern and durable buildings at a lower cost.

“The material is just the beginning of a project. With few materials, with few components, you can achieve great results”, he says.

EFE/ Practica Español

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Relacionas la 'simplicidad' con...    
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las cosas que tienen más de un elemento.
B
las cosas que son muy difíciles.
C
las cosas que no son complejas.
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Si 'confundes' algo...    
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entiendes erróneamente que una cosa es otra.
B
encuentras las diferencias que hay entre dos cosas.
C
no te equivocas al comparar dos elementos.
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Lo contrario de 'sencillez' es...    
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'dificultad'.
B
'facilidad'.
C
'sensato'.
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