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October 28, 2014 | Project update & video | London, United Kingdom

Further recognition for innovation in urban developments
Further recognition for innovation in urban developments

The Holcim Awards Silver prize-winner 2011 “Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan” for Constitución in Chile has received further recognition in the Zumtobel Group Award category for Urban Developments and Initiatives. The project led by architect Alejandro Aravena of Elemental came up with a master plan for the reconstruction of the city that would also provide protection against future natural disasters – not only tsunamis but also seasonal flooding – and in only 100 days.

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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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“Participatory design is understanding what is the right question” – Alejandro Aravena
“Participatory design is understanding what is the right question” – Alejandro Aravena

The Holcim Awards Silver 2011 winning project from Latin America by Alejandro Aravena of Elemental has recently received a further award for innovation within urban developments from the Zumtobel Group. The video presents “Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan” for Constitución and its successful approach to participatory urban planning. 

“Sustainability? Self-sufficiency and local knowledge” – Yara Sharif & Nasser Golzari
“Sustainability? Self-sufficiency and local knowledge” – Yara Sharif & Nasser Golzari

Yara Sharif and Nasser Golzari from NG Architects and Palestine Regeneration Team (PART) in London focus their project on self-sufficiency, local knowledge and social impact. Responsiveness emerging from local knowledge and technical enhancements is at the core of their approach to sustainable construction. “Adaptive Re-Use: Women’s center and playground” in Beit Iksa, Palestine won a Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize for adapting two abandoned buildings for reuse as working spaces with an eco-kitchen, followed by the rehabilitation of surrounding spaces. 

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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, …