Thomas Granier, co-founder and director of the Association received the Trophy on Monday, June 6 at the Théâtre des Variétés in Paris. A jury of professionals chose him from among 15 nominees, that had been selected out of 120 candidates originally in competition. The Trophy is organized by La Tribune with the support of BNP Paribas.
Watch the June 6, 2011 ceremony:
For the past ten years, the Association la Voûte nubienne has been working to provide rapid access to high quality architecture to the largest number of people. It is particularly active in sub-Saharan Africa. It works not by building housing themselves but rather by spreading an ancestral African technique, the Nubian arch, and using local materials and mud bricks to build vaults without timber shuttering.
This alternative to wood and sheet metal (expensive materials that are not adapted to the local economy and climate) provide a solution to the millions of Sahelians who do not have access to decent, durable housing. The association trains masons and thus creates a housing offer and market adapted to local conditions, to the needs and capacities of the local populations.
The Fondation Chirac would like to congratulate the Association la Voûte Nubienne on its success. Their work contributes to fighting deforestation, bettering the living conditions of the populations of the Sahel, and participating in local development; the Fondation Chirac supported and encouraged votes for AVN for all these reasons.
|For more information: – – The Association la Voûte Nubienne web site– The Entreprise Sociale Trophy web site|