Recognition of forward-looking projects
The Holcim Awards is an international competition that recognizes innovative projects and future-oriented concepts on regional and global levels. A total of USD 2 million in prize money is awarded in each three-year cycle.
The competition seeks projects that go beyond balancing environmental performance, social responsibility, and economic growth. Projects should, in addition, exemplify architectural excellence, a high degree of transferability, and thereby extend notions of sustainable construction and design throughout all stages of a project’s lifecycle.
“Target issues” for sustainable construction
To evaluate the competition entries, the Holcim Foundation has identified five “target issues” for sustainable construction:
Holcim Awards (main category) and “Next Generation” (young professionals and students category)
There are two categories within the competition. The Holcim Awards (main category) is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socio-economic and cultural issues affecting contemporary building and construction. In the “Next Generation” category, the Holcim Awards competition also seeks visions and bold ideas of young professionals and students up to 30 years of age.
Two-phase global competition
In the regional phase of the competition, independent juries supported by partner universities of the Holcim Foundation evaluate submissions in each of the five regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa Middle East, and Asia Pacific.
In the global phase, the 15 projects that received Holcim Awards Gold, Silver or Bronze in the regions automatically qualify for the Global Holcim Awards.
The newly-published book Fourth Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2014/2015 presents an overview of the current global status of…