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 demonstrate an ability to stretch conventional notions about sustainable building and also balance environmental, social and economic performance – while also exemplifying architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability.
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, socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting contemporary building and construction. The Holcim Awards competition also seeks visions and bold ideas for the “Next Generation” (young professionals and students category).
Two-stage global competition
In the regional phase of the competition in each of the five world regions (Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa Middle East and Asia Pacific), independent juries supported by the Holcim Foundation’s partner universities evaluate submissions on the basis of the “target issues” for sustainable construction.
In the global phase of the competition, the 15 projects that receive Holcim Awards Gold, Silver or Bronze in these five regions are automatically qualified for the Global Holcim Awards competition which takes place in the following year.
The twelve winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East focus mainly on enhancing social and environmental resilience, as well as…