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November 16, 2017 | Project update | Bogotá, Colombia

Newly-opened Ágora Bogotá International Convention Centre is third largest in Latin America
Newly-opened Ágora Bogotá International Convention Centre is third largest in Latin America

The convention centre designed by Daniel Bermúdez (Colombia) and Juan Herreros (Spain) received an Acknowledgement prize for their vertically-stacked structure that minimizes building footprint and maximizes outdoor public space in the heart of Colombia’s capital. After five years in design and construction, the 64,000-square-metre convention centre opened in October 2017 by hosting the World Summit of Young Leaders.

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November 10, 2017 | Awards certificate handover | Zurich, Switzerland

Steven Holl receives Awards certificate for Malawi project
Steven Holl receives Awards certificate for Malawi project

New York based architect Steven Holl won a LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement prize for his design of the Miracle for Africa Foundation central library in Lilongwe, Malawi. The jury for Middle East Africa had praised the project’s sophisticated, undulating design that synthesizes effective shading, natural ventilation, solar energy, and greywater recycling into one seductive and highly resolved form. LafargeHolcim Foundation Board member Marilyne Andersen caught up with Steven Holl in Zurich, where she presented an Awards prizewinner certificate – a fitting combination as both are passionate about the use of daylight in architecture.

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November 09, 2017 | Next Generation winner interview | Vancouver, Canada

Next Generation winner develops holistic visioning for communities
Next Generation winner develops holistic visioning for communities

The research focus of Next Generation 2nd prizewinner Jason Heinrich went through significant transformation during his studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (SALA). For Jason, winning a Next Generation prize was “one of the most exciting things in my life! It was such an honor to be on a stage and feel like an equal next to other architects whose work I’ve studied. It validates the work I’ve done and it’s motivating and inspiring to do even better work,” he said, in an interview with SALA.

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November 07, 2017 | Next Generation prize winners reception | Córdoba, Argentina

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba reception for LafargeHolcim Awards winning teams
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba reception for LafargeHolcim Awards winning teams

In the recent LafargeHolcim Awards for Latin America, the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) continued its unrivalled success, taking out the first and third prizes in the Next Generation category of the world’s most significant competition in sustainable design. A reception to celebrate the success of UNC students was held at the Faculty of Architecture, Urban & Industrial Design (FAUD) to congratulate the students, present their concepts on sustainability, and promote sustainable construction in Argentina.

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October 23, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Awards Gold for North America | Detroit, USA

Detroit project boosted by LafargeHolcim Awards Gold
Detroit project boosted by LafargeHolcim Awards Gold

Winning the top prize for North America in the LafargeHolcim Awards has given the project team a huge boost. The Seebaldt Pilot project by studio[Ci], It Starts at Home (IS@H) and partners across Detroit aims to incubate long-term community engagement through interventions for local energy and food production, water and waste management, and community empowerment.

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October 13, 2017 | 2nd Day Tour at LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America | Chicago, USA

Awards guests visit Chicago Architectural Biennial
Awards guests visit Chicago Architectural Biennial

The focus of the second day program of the LafargeHolcim Awards ceremony North America was on architecture in the city of Chicago. Mark Lee, Artistic Director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017, introduced the participants to the Chicago Cultural Center and led through “his” exhibition; later the guests enjoyed a Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise.

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October 12, 2017 | Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America | Chicago, USA

LafargeHolcim Awards prize handover
LafargeHolcim Awards prize handover

Sustainability has become a core principle of architecture and construction in North America. Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction presented in Chicago show how the leading edge of sustainable design means reaching far beyond “common sense”. Their approaches use proven instruments that are cleverly applied to improve the quality of life. So the world builds better.

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October 12, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition | Chicago, USA

LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition
LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition

This is the fifth time the LafargeHolcim Awards competition is being conducted. Over the years, more than 200 projects have been awarded worldwide. More than half the winning projects have been built or are scheduled for completion soon. Thus, the LafargeHolcim Awards are not about “castles in the air” but about tangible measures that advance the science of construction. This aspect of tangible change is underscored by a prize that’s being awarded for the first time in 2017: the LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition. It is awarded for a winning project from a previous competition cycle, one which has been realized and has stood the test of time as a particularly successful example of sustainable building.

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October 06, 2017 | Media briefing | San José, Costa Rica

LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin America media briefing, San José
LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin America media briefing, San José

Creating and improving public space, solving issues related to water and generating electricity from tidal flows were topics presented by the five projects at the media briefing to conclude the LafargeHolcim Awards prize hand-over ceremony for Latin America, held in Costa Rica.

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October 06, 2017 | Special prize handover | San José, Costa Rica

Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin America
Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin America

The path of Tropical Storm Nate across Central America and the Caribbean – with heavy winds and torrential rain pummelling Costa Rica – delayed the journey of the Next Generation 3rd prize winning team from Argentina. The group of five students from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba were unable to reach San José in time for the LafargeHolcim Awards ceremony for Latin America, so received their prize at the farewell dinner the day following the ceremony.

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October 05, 2017 | Sustainable solutions for urgent water problems | San José, Costa Rica

Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin America
Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin America

Water is the hot topic among the project entries for the LafargeHolcim Awards in region Latin America. Whether for wastewater, drinking water, or tidal water, many of the prize winners have innovative and often surprising proposals for ways to master the use of this precious resource in Latin America.

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October 05, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition | San José, Costa Rica

LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition
LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition

This is the fifth time the LafargeHolcim Awards competition is being conducted. Over the years, more than 200 projects have been awarded worldwide. More than half the winning projects have been built or are scheduled for completion soon. Thus, the LafargeHolcim Awards are not about castles in the air, but about tangible measures that advance the science of construction. This aspect of tangible change is underscored by a prize that’s being awarded for the first time in 2017: the “LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition”. It is awarded for a winning project from a previous competition cycle, one which has been built and has stood the test of time as a particularly successful example of sustainable building.

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September 28, 2017 | Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe | Marseille, France

Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe
Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe

The days when the sustainability of a construction project was a matter of ad hoc measures are over – sustainable construction has become systematic and specific. This was emphatically shown by the results of the LafargeHolcim Awards in region Europe: The first prize was shared by two projects in Brussels, both of which excel in terms of their multi-functionality.

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September 28, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition | Marseille, France

LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition
LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition

The first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition for region Europe was presented to Gilles Delalex and his team from Muoto Architecture Studio for their low-cost flexible university building Lieu de vie campus hub at the University of Paris-Saclay. This is the fifth time the LafargeHolcim Awards competition has been conducted and more than 200 projects have been awarded worldwide. Over half are either soon to be built or have been completed. Thus, the LafargeHolcim Awards are not about castles in the air, but about tangible measures that advance the science of construction. This element of real change is underscored by a prize that is awarded for the first time in 2017: the “LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition”.

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September 28, 2017 | Media briefing | Marseille, France

LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe media briefing, Marseille
LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe media briefing, Marseille

The two gold Awards winning projects in Brussels were in the center of the media briefing following the prize hand-over ceremony of the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Europe. Rolf Soiron, founding Chairman of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, emphasized the responsibility of industry to drive sustainability. Edward Schwarz introduced the activities of the Foundation, which was created as initiative of LafargeHolcim back in 2003 to promote and reward sustainability in construction.

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September 07, 2017 | Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa | Nairobi, Kenya

Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa
Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa

Sustainability in building is rapidly gaining significance in the Middle East Africa region – particularly among female professionals and young graduates in architecture and engineering. This was clearly seen at the prize-handover ceremony for the regional LafargeHolcim Awards in Nairobi, Kenya. The majority of the 11 prize-winning projects dealt with education and the contemporary promotion of traditional manual skills.

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September 08, 2017 | Media briefing | Nairobi, Kenya

LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa media briefing, Nairobi
LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa media briefing, Nairobi

An impressive number of Kenyan and international journalists attended the media briefing following the prize handover ceremony of the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction in region Middle East Africa.

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September 07, 2017 | Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa | Nairobi, Kenya

Standing the test of time
Standing the test of time

The first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition Middle East Africa goes to Kéré Architecture, Berlin, Germany, for “Secondary school with passive ventilation system,” a project that earned the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2012. The jury was impressed by its “beauty and innovative architectural concept and example for new sustainable construction from a materials and technology perspective.” Today, the secondary school is reality for hundreds of children and standing the test of time.

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August 30, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Lyon, France

The trophies of the LafargeHolcim Awards
The trophies of the LafargeHolcim Awards

This is the story of Élodie, Ductal and Airium – a testimony of how LafargeHolcim embraces sustainability and innovation. So the world builds better. 

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August 28, 2017 | Publication announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

Around the world in 27 days: Sarah Nichols and Marc Angélil at all five regional LafargeHolcim Awards jury meetings
Around the world in 27 days: Sarah Nichols and Marc Angélil at all five regional …

The latest issue of “Foundations” is online, with features dedicated to the 5th cycle of the regional LafargeHolcim Awards. Sarah Nichols and Marc Angélil set foot on five continents to represent the LafargeHolcim Foundation at each of the regional LafargeHolcim Awards jury meetings. Entries must stand out to get nominated for a prize, they conclude, “and for that you must deliver truly special results.”

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