The design of the low-income dwellings in Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso, reinterprets a traditional concept of the home for the present aspirations of the community. At the scale of the house, the project supports the social structure inherent within the Burkinabe culture while simultaneously incorporating the local population into the design process. The houses are incremental in nature and empower the tenants to construct and build upon them overtime by channeling their own design capacities. The social areas of the house, including the kitchen, courtyards and laundry, are relocated to a modern interpretation of the ‘samande’, a traditional Burkinabe concept of centralized public space.
In collaboration with Jerome Bryon and Eduardo Llinas.