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October 16, 2014 | Winners for Africa Middle East Announced | Beirut, Lebanon

Honor for environmental and community-based projects
Honor for environmental and community-based projects

The twelve winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East focus mainly on enhancing social and environmental resilience, as well as the economy of construction. The winning submissions show how multi-disciplinary responses to the challenges facing design and building are being developed. A green building in Turkey, an urban forest rehabilitation in Lebanon, and a low-cost housing plan in Ethiopia received the top prizes.

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October 14, 2014 | Project update | New York, NY, USA

Initial funding and further awards for BIG-U project
Initial funding and further awards for BIG-U project

The BIG U project to address New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding by constructing a protective ribbon around lower Manhattan continues to gather support. The urban flood protection infrastructure won the Community Development Award in October, which followed on from the project’s endorsement with USD 335 million in funding by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) in June 2014.

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Eco-Techno Park: Holcim Awards Gold 2014 for Africa Middle East – Project Overview
Eco-Techno Park: Holcim Awards Gold 2014 for Africa Middle East – Project Overview

An ecological park for sustainable research and technology planned for Ortadoğu Sanayi ve Ticaret Merkezi, an industrial zone located in Ankara won the top prize. Creating an attractive communal space for its users with minimum interference to the natural context, the building and landscape design by architects Onat and Zeynep Öktem of ONZ Architects in Turkey incorporates various sustainable features such as natural lighting, geothermal heat pumps, green roofs, passive ventilation and water efficiency/irrigation systems.

Evergreen City: Holcim Awards Silver 2014 for Africa Middle East – Project Overview
Evergreen City: Holcim Awards Silver 2014 for Africa Middle East – Project Overview

A rehabilitation plan for a pine forest park in Beirut, Lebanon by Raëd Abillama of Raëd Abillama Architects from Lebanon won Silver. The urban plan develops the facilities and services needed in the park to open it to the public, and promoting it for cultural, social, sports, and environmental activities – while also maintaining and conserving the park’s natural habitats. Environmental standards and urban needs will be integrated in a seamless way, enhancing the sense of belonging to the wider community.

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Presentation of the Holcim Awards Gold 2014 for “Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and …
Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East ceremony, Beirut, Lebanon

Presentation of the Holcim Awards Gold 2014 for “Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub, Ankara, Turkey” (l-r): Howayda Al-Harithy, Head of the Holcim Awards jury for Africa Middle East and Professor of Architecture, …