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>> In my culture, if a young man, a young lady has a date, you go with blue. Indigo blue is the color you have to wear. You dress and from far, people see you coming.>> It may have been the blue that helped him stand out Architect, Francis Kere was chosen for this year's serpentine pavilion.
With up to a quarter of a million guests, it's one of the worlds most visited architecture exhibitions. And for architects, it's an honor to be chosen. Previous pavilions have been designed by international names, like architect Zaha Hadid and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Francis design, sitting in London's Kensington Gardens is inspired by life in Burkina Faso where he grew up.
And how one tree will provide shade, shelter and a sense of community for his village.>> Yes, I was born in Burkina Faso in West Africa in a little village call the Gando. I use my experiences in Africa to try to enhance the visitor experience toward nature. I create a perforated wall system to create a sort of enclosure, because I want to embrace the visitor, but to connect him with the nature, with the landscape.
It's amazing, but my dear father must have been a visionaire, but no one knew it. He sended me to school. And everyone was in the village complaining. They were saying how stupid he is to send his only son to school instead of let him work on the field.
>> His education paid off. He now has his own firm and several architecture awards. But he hopes his career and Serpentine Pavilion will inspire young people at home. He says when he left Burkina Faso there were less than ten architects in the country.>> The visibility that I have now, has shown to a lot of people in Burkina, young people in specifically.
That is a job called architecture, and you could do it, and even have the chance to land in London.