The winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America are at the cutting edge of efficiency and innovation in sustainable construction. The top prize went to a water supply and flood mitigation project in Las Vegas designed by Amy Mielke and Caitlin Taylor. BIG’s urban flood-protection concept for lower Manhattan was conferred the silver Award, and a zero-carbon compostable structure recently on display at MoMA New York designed by David Benjamin received bronze.Read full media release – Holcim Awards 2014 for North America » pour en savoir plus (French) »
A new book published by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction examines two progressive and influential projects by Montreal-based architects l’OUEF. The approach to changing the way communities are designed and built tracks progress on the redevelopment of Benny Farm, the first ever Global Holcim Awards Bronze winner from 2006, a follow-up project at Rosemont, and plans for the forthcoming Bois Ellen Cooperative Residence.Read more »
Aleksandra Tyron sees the key points of her Holcim Awards prize-winning project combine social, ecological and economic aspects. “Net Point: Civic center virtual network, Sortavala, Russia” won the “Next Generation” 2nd prize, with the jury noting its innovation as an “architectural instrument” to promote political awareness and discourse.
Luis Basabe Montalvo of Arenas Basabe Palacios arquitectos and his co-authors consider the concept of “porosity” central to their design: a neighborhood of social and ecological porosity, creating a system of co-existence with the natural environment. “The Commons: Participatory urban neighborhood, Vienna, Austria” focuses on questions of procedures, including stakeholder participation and its effects on physical form.
Presentation of the Holcim Awards Gold 2014 for North America (l-r): Alain Bourguignon, Holcim Area Manager for North America and the United Kingdom; prize winners Caitlin Taylor and Amy Mielke, Water Pore Partnership, New York for …