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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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“Sustainability? Balancing between nature and human made” – Onat Öktem
“Sustainability? Balancing between nature and human made” – Onat Öktem

Onat Öktem from ONZ Architects in Turkey sees the balance of natural and human-made elements, and retaining green space in an industrial precinct as the key elements of his Holcim Awards Gold winning project. “Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub” in Ankara, Turkey creates an attractive communal space for its users with minimum interference to the natural context while incorporating various sustainable features such as natural lighting, geothermal heat pumps, green roofs, passive ventilation and water efficiency/irrigation systems. 

“Sustainability? Sensitive integration of the existing” – Raëd Abillama
“Sustainability? Sensitive integration of the existing” – Raëd Abillama

Architect Raëd Abillama views the sensitive integration of the existing state of the forest into a user-friendly urban park as the most outstanding element of his Holcim Awards Silver winning project. “Evergreen City: Urban pine forest rehabilitation” in Beirut, Lebanon develops the facilities and services needed in the park to open it to the public, and its promotion for cultural, social, sports, and environmental activities – while also maintaining and conserving the park’s natural habitats.

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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, …