Mimi Zeiger

  • Kéré Architecture, Sarbalé Ke (House of Celebration), 2019, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA, 2019. Photo: Iwan Baan.


    IT’S BEEN NEARLY TWO DECADES since Diébédo Francis Kéré designed his first piece of architecture: a clay-brick primary school in his home village of Gando, Burkina Faso, constructed by residents. This past spring, the Berlin-based architect produced a soaring suite of temporary pavilions at Coachella, the desert music festival that attracts influencers and their followers with a gravitational force.

    Comparing these buildings, one notes that oppositions quickly stack up: third world versus first, local versus global, necessity versus luxury. The distance between these projects—geographic, temporal,