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In Pursuit of a New Ouagadougou

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When a massive uprising in 2014 left Burkina Faso’s National Assembly building in ruin, the West African nation took its first steps towards a democratic future after 31 years of dictatorial rule. The conflict is significant because it poses an opportunity to not only reflect on the turbulent historic events that have led the nation to this crossroads, it also begs the question of its citizens: How do we move forward?

Traditionally, activities in rural villages are communally discussed and governed by the village elders. These discussions often take place in a shaded gathering area at the center of the village where community members are free to observe. Taking cues from this archetype, a new design for the Ouagadougou National Assembly aims at scaling up the village dynamics while bolstering national identity. As a monumental landmark, built for and by the citizens, the new National Assembly could shape a new perspective both literally and symbolically. But how could it improve the prospects of a democracy and development for the people of Burkina Faso?

In Pursuit of a new Ouagadougou is a proposition that envisions the redesign and reconstruction of the Burkina Faso parliament as a catalyst for growth, education, and economic development for the city as a whole. The exhibition features a public viewing platform where visitors can rest and observe a film projection produced by Spirit of Space.

This exhibition is part of Reporting From the Front, the 15th International Architecture Exhibition curated by Alejandro Aravena for the Venice Biennale. 


STATUS: Temporary Installation May 28th to November 27th 2016
SITE: Giardini / Venice/ Italy

SIZE: 40
CLIENT: La Biennale di Venezia