Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré tells about how he went back to his native Burkina-Faso after studying architecture in Germany, to build the first school building there with the help of his village.
He describes the rhythmic movements of the builders, men and women, who make the clay floors:
"The young men come, and stand like that [tap], beating; [tap], [tap].
Hours for hours.
And then their mothers came, and they beat in this position [tap], [tap], [tap].
Giving water. Giving water, and beating.
And then the polishers came.
They start polishing it. With a stone.
And then, you have this result.
Very fine, like a baby bottom.
It's no Photoshop.
This is the school built by the community."
Diébédo Francis Kéré
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