The RE-converting project incorporates multifaceted architectural tools and concepts to generate a sustainable society based upon minimal human impact while also providing energy, employment, and welfare conditions for the people who live, work and play in the new community.
The secondary school project uses traditional building materials and technologies and places great emphasis on actively involving the local population in the construction process. Locally-sourced clay is mixed with aggregates and cement to cast walls on-site based on a two-piece formwork. The school is exemplary in terms of its successful approach to the adaptive use of building materials, community development, climatic mitigation and aesthetics.
This project for a multifunctional public building is located in Grotão in the heart of the Paraisópolis favela of São Paolo. With more than 100,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest informal communities worldwide. Like many favelas, and despite its unusually central location, the area is effectively separated from the formal city and its social and cultural infrastructure.
This project is located in the city center and turns an unused arm of the River Spree into a natural 745m “swimming pool”. The pool is the equivalent of 17 Olympic swimming pools and features a 780m-long reed bed filtration system. The Flussbad will have a strong impact on the quality of urban life.
The medina of the Moroccan royal city of Fez is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However its continuing decline threatens this prestigious title. This project aims to revitalize the heavily polluted and neglected river Fez. By returning to this ancient heart its dynamic soul, urban renewal and life quality will follow.
The Wasteless Free-Form Formwork construction technology combines existing processes and materials in a new way to fabricate non-repetitive free-form cast-on-site concrete structures using re-usable and digitally-fabricated wax formwork.
Education is an important building block of sustainable development. This entry transforms schools into community centers of lifelong learning. Here, sustainable livelihoods training can take place – energy efficiency, renewable energy use, rainwater harvesting and local food production are all part of the program.
The entry is a showcase for Northern Arizona University (NAU) research and creates an environment fostering interdisciplinary collaboration between a unique collection of ecological departments and labs. The building integrates innovative sustainable strategies including: low embodied energy materials, efficient mechanical systems, and water saving strategies.
The refurbishment of the Abu Hindi Primary School of the Bedouin community is located near Al Azarije, and less than 10km east of Jerusalem. The restoration was completed and achieves climatic comfort and energy sustainability by improving natural ventilation.
Just a few years ago the city of Medellín was considered a center of violence and criminal activity. Now a fairytale transformation stands in its place. One of the catalysts for change is this project. Numerous measures and many stakeholders are involved in ensuring that the poorest receive only the best in infrastructure.
Holcim Awards Acknowledgement winner from 2011 “Urban precinct reconstruction and rehabilitation” for Place Lalla Yeddouna in Fez,…
Construction of 484 dwellings in Villa Verde has been completed, with additional reconstruction works and riverside …
Yolanda Kakabadse, President of WWF and Chair of the Advisory Board of Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, endorses the …