Balouo Salo
Founder & President

Balouo Salo - A bridge for life is a humanitarian project to resolve a humanitarian emergency for 80,000 people. This emergence is a direct consequence of the drought in the Sahel, which began in 70-80 years, and that caused the loss of agriculture and water resources, causing more than a million deaths and 50 million people in famine. Because of the drought, in fact, the tides of the Atlantic Ocean ascend the river Casamance, in the southern Senegal, making it saltier than the ocean, flooding farmland and contaminating the well water. Today, in the Sedhiou region, in Senegal, this phenomenon has caused the loss of thousands of hectares of potentially arable land and water contamination of the wells. 80,000 people daily risk their lives for malnutrition, illness and poverty. Balouo Salo intends to solve the problem with a dam-bridge in the largest valley of Casamance, the Tanaf valley. The dam will allow: agriculture on 10,000 hectares of land to feed more than 350 villages; decontamination of water wells, solving 70% of the diseases; the reduction of poverty due to agricultural activities.

Kaira Looro Architecture Competition - Sacred Architecture
Founder & Organizer

Kaira Looro in a international contest with the participation of greatest architeture studies such Kuma, Boeri, Libeskind, Citterio and others. The aim is to develop design themes for particularly disadvantaged areas, to promote the cultural and social value in architecture, where the shortage of materials and high-performing technology pushes the architecture to the branch of sustainability and integration with landscape and culture, to reserach the balance between the man and the environment. Kaira Looro, that in Mandingo language means "Architecture for Peace", is not just architecture, but it also represents the link to a culture, a spirituality and research of interiority.
The last competition theme was a Sacred Architecture to design a tribute to the sacredness in a remote place of the earth, like a national symbol for the spirituality of Senegal. The Sacred Architecture competition w organized by the Nonprofit Organization “Balouo Salo” with the collaboration of the University of Tokyo, Kengo Kuma & Associates, CNAPPC, Embassy and Consulate of Senegal, Sedhiou Government, the City of Tanaf and others. The sponsors like Four Points by Sheraton Catania will provide cash prizes for the winning projects. These will be named by an internationally renowned jury made up of: Kengo Kuma, Ko Nakamura (University of Tokyo), A. Ghirardelli (SBGA ), A. Muzzonigro (Stefano Boeri Architects), R. Bouman (Mohn + Bouman Architects) C. Chiarelli (Arcò), A. Ferrara (Juri Troy Architects), Pilar Diez Rodriguez, R. Kasik (X Architekten), S. D'Urso (University of Catania), I. Gomis (Tanaf Mayor), I. Lutri (InArch), W. Baricchi (CNAPPC). All proceeds, derived from membership contributions of the participants, are donated to the humanitarian project "A Bridge for Life" in Senegal, to save 80,000 people now at risk of survival.

Kaira Looro International workshop
Organizer with others partners

Kaira Looro was an international design workshop, designed as a meeting between national and international professionals and young graduates or students in a week work full time in order to develop the proposed project. Kaira Looro is an important cultural event, training and planning, which aims to support a humanitarian project in Senegal. The proposals developed during the workshop will be the subject of a public exhibition and will be donated to the community of Casamance in Senegal. The International Nonprofit Organization Balouo Salo, IN/Arch Sicily and the course of Architecture and Architectural Composition II of the DICAR of the University of Catania, organize, together with the Embassy of the Republic of Senegal in Italy and Chamber of Commerce and the Sedhiou Government (Senegal ), an international design workshop of architecture open to professional studies , and graduate students in the disciplines of architecture , engineering , design , urban planning , landscape and environment as well as stakeholders to work within the international cooperation. The aim of the workshop is to develop architectural projects based on sustainable self-construction principles , dedicated to meeting the humanitarian needs through experimentation and design methodologies aimed at the development of the territory and of the local economies of Sedhiou Region. Balouo Salo operates in Senegal for an international cooperation project with a highly innovative and sustainable aim : a dam - bridge in the valley of Tanaff ( Sedhiou Region ) . With the workshop it will be possible to make a contribution in terms of project continuity , through humanitarian and economic interventions leading to the development of the area and based on local cultures and traditions , using only materials , technologies and construction methods compatible with the places . 115 partecipant around the world take part to workshop with greatest architects such International Architecture Workshop Kaira Looro with Kengo Kuma, Ko Nakamura of Tokyo University, Agostino Ghirardelli of Studio Libeskind, Azzurra Muzzonigro of Stefano Boeri Architetti, Carmine Chiarelli of Arcò, Rene Bouman of Mohn + Bouman, Pilar Diez Rodriguez, Rainer Kaisik of X Architecten, Angelo Ferrara of Juri Troy Architecs, Citterio & Viel Partners, Giuseppe Mazzaglia of Kaan Architecten, Archinauten, Autonomeforme, Tat studio, Michele Marchese, Sebastiano Amore of ACA Campione Amore Architettura, LFSN, Atelie AA, Ivana Sorge, Sebastiano Adragna e Beyond Architecture Group.