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August 13, 2014 | Publication announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

Holcim Awards: No pearl of sustainable construction left undiscovered
Holcim Awards: No pearl of sustainable construction left undiscovered

Foundations 16, the magazine of the Holcim Foundation, is dedicated to providing a glimpse behind the scenes of the 4th International Holcim Awards competition: promotion, project entry, jury evaluation, and prize hand-overs. It is an exciting prelude to the announcement of Holcim Awards winners for 2014 which will take place at five regional events from September to November – and in real time on the Holcim Foundation website.

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August 11, 2014 | Project update | Toronto, Canada

LEED Platinum accreditation to Centre for Green Cities at Evergreen Brick Works
LEED Platinum accreditation to Centre for Green Cities at Evergreen Brick Works

The Centre for Green Cities at Evergreen Brick Works has received LEED Platinum accreditation, the highest measure of efficient building status available in Canada. Almost 14 years after the revitalization project began at a derelict brick-making factory, Evergreen Brick Works has become a bustling community environmental center, and an award-winning destination highlighting sustainable building in the city of Toronto.

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What is sustainable construction to you?
What is sustainable construction to you?

The regional Holcim Awards 2014 Jury Europe met at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland in June 2014 to select the winning projects. We wanted to know what they are looking for in an outstanding sustainable construction project. In this video: Hiromi Hosoya (Switzerland), Marc Angélil (Switzerland), Antón García-Abril (Spain/USA), Jean-Philippe Vassal (France, Head of Jury), Holger Wallbaum (Sweden), Hrvoje Njiric (Croatia) and Arno Brandlhuber (Germany).

Francis Kéré: “How to build with clay – and community” – TED Talk, New York
Francis Kéré: “How to build with clay – and community” – TED Talk, New York

Francis Kéré presented his inspiring work at a TED Talk in New York. He knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture – go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education. In this talk as part of TEDCity2.0 in New York City, Francis Kéré shows off some of the beautiful structures he has helped to build in his small village in the years since then, including an award-winning primary school made from clay by the entire community, and his Holcim Awards prize-winning secondary school.

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Energy efficiency of the Centre for Green Cities is aided by R40-rated insulation for walls and a …
Project update August 2014 - Evergreen Brick Works heritage site revitalization, Toronto, Canada

Energy efficiency of the Centre for Green Cities is aided by R40-rated insulation for walls and a wall-to-window ratio of 40:60 which maximizes natural light but also enables efficient control of heated or cooled air egress from the …