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Cristina Gamboa – Accelerating Green Building for Resilient Cities
Cristina Gamboa – Accelerating Green Building for Resilient Cities

“Cities have a lot of potential to materialize and accelerate the net zero vision we so desperately need” – Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council in a panel discussion “Net-zero construction in cities: a question of tools, performance, and materials?”

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Building Conversations Leopold Banchini
Building Conversations Leopold Banchini

Watch a 3-minute interview with architect Leopold Banchini and cultural curator Lukas Feireiss on an exhibition at the 17th international Biennale of Architecture in Venice that is an homage to Lloyd Khan’s self-built movement in the 1960s and 70s – and its holistic and organic understanding of green building.

Kate Ascher – Accelerating Green Building for Resilient Cities
Kate Ascher – Accelerating Green Building for Resilient Cities

“To create net zero cities, governments must act in four key areas: energy efficiency targets, renewable clean energy; using low carbon and circular materials; and promoting adaptive reuse rather than demolition.” Kate Ascher – Board of the Holcim Foundation, Happold Consulting and Columbia University in the City of New York.

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Bertrand Piccard – Accelerating Green Building for Resilient Cities
Bertrand Piccard – Accelerating Green Building for Resilient Cities

“It’s the business opportunity of the century to protect the environment!” – Bertrand Piccard, Founder of the Solar Impulse Foundation in a panel discussion “Net-zero construction in cities: a question of tools, performance, and materials?”

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Eduardo Pizarro – Accelerating Green Building for Resilient Cities
Eduardo Pizarro – Accelerating Green Building for Resilient Cities

“Green buildings must be available for every community. We need to keep things optimistic, simple and inclusive!” – Eduardo Pizarro, Holcim Awards Ambassador in a panel discussion “Net-zero construction in cities: a question of tools, performance, and materials?”

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Exploring the concept of cities are renewable resources
Exploring the concept of cities are renewable resources

Watch a 3-minute interview with Paola Viganò exploring the concept of the horizontal metropolis, making space for everyone, and moving towards a porous design. Paola Viganò is an architect, urbanist and professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and the University of Venice (IUAV).

Accelerating green building for resilient cities
Accelerating green building for resilient cities

Expert panelists discussed pathways to building a net zero future at Climate Week NYC 2021.

  • Kate Ascher, Board of the Holcim Foundation, Happold Consulting and Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Cristina Gamboa, World Green Building Council
  • Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Foundation
  • Eduardo Pizarro, Holcim Awards Ambassador in Latin America
  • Deborah Wintraub, City of Los Angeles
  • Nat Bullard, Bloomberg – Moderator
  • Jamie Gentoso, Holcim – Host
Bringing a sense of community through architecture
Bringing a sense of community through architecture

Watch a 3-minute interview with Lina Ghotmeh on her installation at the 17th international Biennale of Architecture in Venice that showcases the creation of a socially inclusive habitat that has a deep connection to its context.

Confronting global challenges imaginatively
Confronting global challenges imaginatively

Watch a 3-minute interview with Hashim Sarkis on the Venice Biennale. With over 60 national pavilions, installations by international architects, and several collateral events, the Biennale is a platform for inquiry, exploration, and innovation in architecture.

Creating a risk “safety net”
Creating a risk “safety net”

Watch a 3-minute interview with Fabio Gramazio of Gramazio Kohler Architects on his contribution to the Venice Biennale. “Research as Architecture: A Laboratory for Houses, Homes and Robots” by Gramazio Kohler Research and NCCR Digital Fabrication is proudly supported by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

Dirk Hebel Audio Interview
Dirk Hebel Audio Interview

Listen to a 4-minute interview with Dirk Hebel: “The construction industry should do more to reuse materials through harvesting existing buildings.”

Think local
Think local

Using local materials and know-how has social and economic benefits. Local materials can reduce emissions from production and transportation, and capitalize on local resources, know-how and labor. Investing in local production makes a long-term positive change to material flows.

Transform buildings
Transform buildings

Most buildings have value in the future beyond their originally planned use. Designing structures for adaptation and cleverly converting buildings rather than replacing them entirely can extend building lifespans and preserve historic fabric, as well as make projects more interesting and sustainable.

Measure performance
Measure performance

It’s important to consider the environmental, social and economic impact of any building. Material performance and resource efficiency must be taken into consideration to determine the optimum blend for efficient building construction, use and recycling.

Mine the city
Mine the city

Reclaiming materials is economically and environmentally sensible. Resource extraction from decommissioned structures in cities can provide large quantities of mineral resources and metals. Urban mining reduces the rate of raw material extraction and the volume of landfill.

Produce leaner
Produce leaner

To reduce the amount of raw material extracted from the earth each year, we need to move from a wasteful take-make-throw model to a circular take-make-repeat economy. Increasing material efficiency, using byproducts and reusing resources can transform the materials supply chain.

Re-configure parts
Re-configure parts

Materials with only one function have short lifecycles and are discarded as waste after use. This is dangerous in a world with finite resources. A circular cradle-to-cradle approach redesigns building materials so they can be reused in loops that recover, reimagine and reconfigure indefinitely.

Performative Landscapes in the USA – World Water Week
Performative Landscapes in the USA – World Water Week

This project reconverts of an area of Tampa Bay, Florida into a productive and attractive landscape. We look at Next Generation projects that are “Building Resilience Faster” – the theme of World Water Week 2021.

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Plastic Extractor in Sierra Leone – World Water Week
Plastic Extractor in Sierra Leone – World Water Week

This project envisions a multi-purpose facility to collect and recycle plastic trash and enhance the social and economic life in the Kroo Bay informal settlement of Freetown, Sierra Leone. We look at Next Generation projects that are “Building Resilience Faster” – the theme of World Water Week 2021. 

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Tessellated Cleansing from the UK – World Water Week
Tessellated Cleansing from the UK – World Water Week

This project reduces pollution from manufacturing using a ribbed tile system for microalgal bioremediation to clean polluted water and empower local communities in developing countries. We look at Next Generation projects that are “Building Resilience Faster” – the theme of World Water Week 2021.

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Fluid Buffer in Argentina – World Water Week
Fluid Buffer in Argentina – World Water Week

This project provides water infrastructure that transforms flooding events into a resource for the community in the city of Resistencia, Argentina. We look at Next Generation projects that are “Building Resilience Faster” – the theme of World Water Week 2021.

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Buoyant Amenity in Indonesia – World Water Week
Buoyant Amenity in Indonesia – World Water Week

This project upgrades vernacular river sanitation systems to reconcile the nature of the place with the local community in Jakarta, Indonesia. We look at Next Generation projects that are “Building Resilience Faster” – the theme of World Water Week 2021.

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Mariam Kamara on how to “Think Local” – Audio Interview
Mariam Kamara on how to “Think Local” – Audio Interview

Listen to a 4-minute interview with Mariam Kamara: “We need to find a way to make people sustainable”

Stuart Smith Audio Interview
Stuart Smith Audio Interview

Listen to the 4-minute interview with Stuart Smith: “Regenerative design is our future”.

Towers of Strength in India – Author Comment
Towers of Strength in India – Author Comment

Next Generation 2nd prize winner Lorenzo Fernandes, architect, Mumbai, India for Towers of Strength in India – Multifunctional amenities and services in informal settlements.

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Towers of Strength in India – Project Video
Towers of Strength in India – Project Video

Next Generation 2nd prize winner Towers of Strength in India – Multifunctional amenities and services in informal settlements by Lorenzo Fernandes, architect, Mumbai, India.

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Next Generation prize winner announcement – Asia Pacific
Next Generation prize winner announcement – Asia Pacific

The winning projects from India, Thailand, and Indonesia all share a strong focus on social sustainability.

Mangrove Recovery in Thailand – Author Comment
Mangrove Recovery in Thailand – Author Comment

Next Generation 3rd prize winner Dolathep Chetty,graduate in architecture from Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand for Mangrove Recovery in Thailand – Coastal erosion and economic enhancement.

 
Mangrove Recovery in Thailand – Project Video
Mangrove Recovery in Thailand – Project Video

Next Generation 3rd prize Mangrove Recovery in Thailand – Coastal erosion and economic enhancement by Dolathep Chetty, graduate in architecture from Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Recovered Foreshore in India – Author Comment
Recovered Foreshore in India – Author Comment

Next Generation 1st prize winner Soledad Patiño, architect and urban designer, Harvard Graduate School of Design, MA, USA for Recovered Foreshore in India – Waterfront sanitation and community infrastructure.

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Recovered Foreshore in India – Project Video
Recovered Foreshore in India – Project Video

Next Generation 1st prize winner Recovered Foreshore in India – Waterfront sanitation and community infrastructure by Soledad Patiño, architect and urban designer, Harvard Graduate School of Design, MA, USA.

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Buoyant Amenity in Indonesia – Author Comment
Buoyant Amenity in Indonesia – Author Comment

Next Generation 4th prize winners by Rionaldi Gunari, Nicholas Rodriques, and Gani Wiratama, students, Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung, Indonesia for Buoyant Amenity in Indonesia – Floating sanitation facility upgrade.

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Buoyant Amenity in Indonesia – Project Video
Buoyant Amenity in Indonesia – Project Video

Next Generation 4th prize Buoyant Amenity in Indonesia – Floating sanitation facility upgrade by Rionaldi Gunari, Nicholas Rodriques, and Gani Wiratama, students, Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung, Indonesia.

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Cultivated Envelope in India – Author Comment
Cultivated Envelope in India – Author Comment

Next Generation 4th prize winner Divya Jyoti, architect, PMA madhushala, Pune, India for Cultivated Envelope in India – Vernacular green facade system.

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Cultivated Envelope in India – Project Video
Cultivated Envelope in India – Project Video

Next Generation 4th prize Cultivated Envelope in India – Vernacular green facade system by Divya Jyoti, architect, PMA madhushala, Pune, India.

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Earthen Education in Iraq – Author Comment
Earthen Education in Iraq – Author Comment

Next Generation 4th prize winner Noor Marji, architect/student, Amman, Jordan for Earthen Education in Iraq – School reinterpreting vernacular architecture.

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Earthen Education in Iraq – Project Video
Earthen Education in Iraq – Project Video

Next Generation 4th prize winner Earthen Education in Iraq – School reinterpreting vernacular architecture by Noor Marji, architect/student, Amman, Jordan.

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Connective Infrastructure in Uganda – Author Comment
Connective Infrastructure in Uganda – Author Comment

Next Generation 1st prize winner Priscilla Namwanje, architect, Kampala, Uganda for Connective Infrastructure in Uganda – Inter-scale design for community integration.

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Connective Infrastructure in Uganda – Project Video
Connective Infrastructure in Uganda – Project Video

Next Generation 1st prize winner Connective Infrastructure in Uganda – Inter-scale design for community integration by Priscilla Namwanje, architect, Kampala, Uganda.

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Plastic Extractor in Sierra Leone – Author Comment
Plastic Extractor in Sierra Leone – Author Comment

Next Generation 3rd prize winner Evgenii Varlygin, student, Technical University of Munich, Germany for Plastic Extractor in Sierra Leone – Multipurpose recycling facility.

Plastic Extractor in Sierra Leone – Project Video
Plastic Extractor in Sierra Leone – Project Video

Next Generation 3rd prize winner Plastic Extractor in Sierra Leone – Multipurpose recycling facility by Evgenii Varlygin, student, Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Living Memorial in Jordan – Author Comment
Living Memorial in Jordan – Author Comment

Next Generation 2nd prize winner Tala Shelbayh, student, German Jordanian University, Amman, Jordan for Living Memorial in Jordan – Cemetery reconfiguration for urban greening.

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Living Memorial in Jordan – Project Video
Living Memorial in Jordan – Project Video

Next Generation 2nd prize winner Living Memorial in Jordan – Cemetery reconfiguration for urban greening by Tala Shelbayh, student, German Jordanian University, Amman, Jordan.

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Next Generation prize winner announcement – Middle East Africa
Next Generation prize winner announcement – Middle East Africa

The winning projects from Uganda, Jordan, Sierra Leone, and Iraq have one thing in common: an intrinsic optimism about the future.

Next Generation prize winner announcement – Latin America
Next Generation prize winner announcement – Latin America

The winning projects from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Columbia sensitively deal with fundamental aspects of sustainability.

Protective Canopy in Colombia – Author Comment
Protective Canopy in Colombia – Author Comment

Next Generation 4th prize winners Lina Fernanda Valencia Lozano, Juan Camilo Muñoz, and Jhon Janer Salazar Ruiz, students at the University of Valle, Cali, Colombia for Protective Canopy in Colombia – Landscape revitalization and botanical pavilion. 

Protective Canopy in Colombia – Project Video
Protective Canopy in Colombia – Project Video

Next Generation 4th prize winner Protective Canopy in Colombia – Landscape revitalization and botanical pavilion by Lina Fernanda Valencia Lozano, Juan Camilo Muñoz, and Jhon Janer Salazar Ruiz, students at the University of Valle, Cali, Colombia.

Fluid Buffer in Argentina – Author Comment
Fluid Buffer in Argentina – Author Comment

Next Generation 2nd winners Gimena Ponce Abba, María Florencia Ruiz Cabello, and María Rosario Ruiz Cabello, students at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina for Fluid Buffer in Argentina – Urban flood mitigation and recreation infrastructure. 

Fluid Buffer in Argentina – Project Video
Fluid Buffer in Argentina – Project Video

Next Generation 2nd prize winner Fluid Buffer in Argentina – Urban flood mitigation and recreation infrastructure by Gimena Ponce Abba, María Florencia Ruiz Cabello, and María Rosario Ruiz Cabello, students at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina.

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Improving Market in Mexico – Author Comment
Improving Market in Mexico – Author Comment

Next Generation 3rd prize winner Pablo Goldin Marcovich, student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City for Improving Market in Mexico – Urban commercial rejuvenation and capacity building. 

Improving Market in Mexico – Project Video
Improving Market in Mexico – Project Video

Next Generation 3rd prize winner Improving Market in Mexico – Urban commercial rejuvenation and capacity building by Pablo Goldin Marcovich, student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City.

Buoyant Housing in Brazil – Author Comment
Buoyant Housing in Brazil – Author Comment

Awards Next Generation 1st prize winner Danielle Gregorio, student at the University of São Paulo, Brazil for Buoyant Housing in Brazil – Riverside living and community complex.

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Buoyant Housing in Brazil – Project Video
Buoyant Housing in Brazil – Project Video

Next Generation 1st prize winner Buoyant Housing in Brazil – Riverside living and community complex by Danielle Gregorio, student at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

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Pure Inhale Connecticut – Author Comment
Pure Inhale Connecticut – Author Comment

Next Generation 4th prize winner Phoebe Mankiewicz, PhD student, Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, New Haven, CT, USA on Pure Inhale, Connecticut – Plant-based design module research.

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Pure Inhale Connecticut – Project Video
Pure Inhale Connecticut – Project Video

Next Generation 4th prize winner Pure Inhale, Connecticut – Plant-based design module research by Phoebe Mankiewicz, PhD student, Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, New Haven, CT, USA.

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Performative Landscapes in Florida – Author Comment
Performative Landscapes in Florida – Author Comment

Next Generation 3rd prize winner Samuel Clovis, architect, Los Angeles, USA on Performative Landscapes in Florida – Contextual reconversion of an industrial site.

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Performative Landscapes in Florida – Project Video
Performative Landscapes in Florida – Project Video

Next Generation 3rd prize winner Performative Landscapes in Florida – Contextual reconversion of an industrial site by Samuel Clovis, architect, Los Angeles, USA.

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Next Generation prize winner announcement – North America
Next Generation prize winner announcement – North America

The winning projects all address fundamental issues and challenges.

Off the Wall Canada – Author Comment
Off the Wall Canada – Author Comment

Next Generation 2nd prize winners Daniel Francisco Gonzalez, student, and Noor Shaikh, consultant, IXIM Bioproducts Inc., Waterloo and Toronto, Canada on Off the Wall, Canada – Making building components from food-processing byproducts.

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Off the Wall Canada – Project Video
Off the Wall Canada – Project Video

Next Generation 2nd prize winner Off the Wall, Canada – Making building components from food-processing byproducts by Daniel Francisco Gonzalez, student, and Noor Shaikh, consultant, IXIM Bioproducts Inc., Waterloo and Toronto, Canada.

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Unmaking Architecture New York – Author Comment
Unmaking Architecture New York – Author Comment

Author comment by Daniel Marshall, Teaching Fellow (2019/20), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA on Unmaking Architecture, New York – Management tool for reusing salvaged materials.

Unmaking Architecture New York – Project Video
Unmaking Architecture New York – Project Video

Next Generation 1st prize winner Unmaking Architecture, New York – Management tool for reusing salvaged materials by Daniel Marshall, Teaching Fellow (2019/20), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Transforming Collectivity in Belgium – Author Comment
Transforming Collectivity in Belgium – Author Comment

Next Generation 1st prize ex aequo winner Annik Keoseyan, architect and urban designer, Mexico City, Mexico for Transforming Collectivity in Belgium – Community housing for socially empowered living.

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Transforming Collectivity in Belgium – Project Video
Transforming Collectivity in Belgium – Project Video

Next Generation 1st prize ex aequo winner Transforming Collectivity in Belgium – Community housing for socially empowered living by Annik Keoseyan, architect and urban designer, Mexico City, Mexico.

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Thermal Processor in Switzerland – Author Comment
Thermal Processor in Switzerland – Author Comment

Next Generation 1st prize ex aequo winner Yufei He, architect and scientific assistant, ETH Zurich, Switzerland for Thermal Processor in Switzerland – Waste energy recovery for residential use.

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Thermal Processor in Switzerland – Project Video
Thermal Processor in Switzerland – Project Video

Next Generation 1st prize ex aequo winner Thermal Processor in Switzerland – Waste energy recovery for residential use by Winner: Yufei He, architect and scientific assistant, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

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Tessellated Cleansing from the United Kingdom – Author Comment
Tessellated Cleansing from the United Kingdom – Author Comment

Next Generation 1st prize ex aequo winner Shneel Malik, architect & biodesign researcher, Bio-Integrated Design Lab, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, United Kingdom for Tessellated Cleansing from the United Kingdom – Bioremediation tiles for water purification.

Tessellated Cleansing from the United Kingdom – Project Video
Tessellated Cleansing from the United Kingdom – Project Video

Next Generation 1st prize ex aequo winner Tessellated Cleansing from the United Kingdom – Bioremediation tiles for water purification by Shneel Malik, architect & biodesign researcher, Bio-Integrated Design Lab, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, United Kingdom.

Next Generation prize winner announcement – Europe
Next Generation prize winner announcement – Europe

The winning projects from Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, and the United Kingdom each highlight a different aspect of sustainable construction.

Accumulating Shelter in Spain – Author Comment
Accumulating Shelter in Spain – Author Comment

Author comment by Javier Estebala Alández, architect, Madrid, Spain on Accumulating Shelter in Spain – Dune reconstructive bayside infrastructure.

Accumulating Shelter in Spain – Project Video
Accumulating Shelter in Spain – Project Video

Project video on Accumulating Shelter in Spain – Dune reconstructive bayside infrastructure by Javier Estebala Alández, architect, Madrid, Spain.

Philippe Block Audio Interview
Philippe Block Audio Interview

Listen to the 4-minute interview with Philippe Block: “For too long, we’ve ignored what materials want to do”.

Anne Lacaton Audio Interview
Anne Lacaton Audio Interview

Listen to the 4-minute interview with Anne Lacaton: “Architecture with empathy means placing people – not just technology – at the centre of a project.”

New European Bauhaus Conference – 22/23 April 2021
New European Bauhaus Conference – 22/23 April 2021

Join the panel discussion – 22 April @ 15:00 CET – where global experts will share ideas that support the ambition to make Europe climate neutral by 2050. What’s the role of the built environment? Panellists include Maria Atkinson, Chairperson of the  LafargeHolcim Foundation together with Shigeru Ban, Alexandra Mitsotaki, Filipe Boni & Mariya Gabriel, moderated by Francesca Bria and Bjarke Ingels. Free registration at: https://bit.ly/3goPuRL

World Water Day 2021 – Valuing Water
World Water Day 2021 – Valuing Water

What does water mean in the context of a sustainable built environment? On #WorldWaterDay we celebrate #LafargeHolcimAwards winning projects where #Architecture and #SustainableDesign showcase, restore and conserve precious water resources in communities from around the world. Featured in the video are:

  • Hydropuncture in Mexico: Publicly accessible water retention and treatment complex by Manuel Perló, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) & Loreta Castro Reguera, Taller Capital, Mexico.
  • Living with Lakes Center in Canada: Freshwater restoration and research LEED Platinum certified building by John Gunn, Laurentian University, Canada.
  • Urban regrowth in Spain: The mysterious story of the garden that makes water by Monica García Fernández, Spain.
Thank-you, to all participants in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition
Thank-you, to all participants in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition

The global jury of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2021 winners are currently evaluating finalists. Edward Schwarz from the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, thanks all participants – and confirms that all global and regional LafargeHolcim Awards prizes will be announced, and the prizemoney will be distributed before the end of this year.

The Foundation and its Awards competition is all about promoting and rewarding innovation in #SustainableConstruction – and we will keep this spirit alive in 2021!

Maria Atkinson AM to chair Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation
Maria Atkinson AM to chair Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation

We asked Maria Atkinson AM, the newly appointed Chairperson of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation about her role and the most important aspects of sustainable construction today as the building sector moves towards net zero emissions and circular material flows. She is also a member of the global LafargeHolcim Awards jury that is currently selecting the top winners in the competition.

A sneak peek at the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2021 finalist’s exhibition
A sneak peek at the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2021 finalist’s exhibition

Take a look at the Global LafargeHolcim Awards competition exhibition of finalist projects with Marilyne Andersen, Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies at the EFFL. As Head of the Foundation’s Academic Committee, she has been a member of all five regional juries in the current Awards cycle – and is now part of the global Awards jury headed by Hashim Sarkis from MIT.

All global and regional LafargeHolcim Awards prizes for 2020/21 will be announced, and the prizemoney will be distributed before the end of this year in the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design.

Happy New Year 2021!
Happy New Year 2021!

The LafargeHolcim Foundation for SustainableConstruction looks forward to doing its part in 2021 to promote Carbon Neutral Construction that reduces CO2 in materials and processes; Circular Construction that recycles materials such as building and demolition waste; and Design Innovation & Digital Design to build more with less.

The LafargeHolcim Foundation has been promoting Sustinable Design since it was established in 2003 and wishes you, your family and friends all the best for a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.

Aligning the built environment with the Paris Agreement 1.5°C scenario at Climate Week NYC
Aligning the built environment with the Paris Agreement 1.5°C scenario at Climate Week NYC

The building sector represents a large share of worldwide carbon emissions (c. 40%) and thus reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment will be essential to reach the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. This will require a deep transformation of how we envision, plan, design, build and manage our built environment.

“Sustainable infrastructure that honors the sacred role of water in patterns of ritual.” – Vedhant Maharaj
“Sustainable infrastructure that honors the sacred role of water in patterns of ritual.” – Vedhant Maharaj

Sacred and Profane in India by Vedhant Maharaj, Rebel Base Collective, South Africa located on the edge of the Ganga (Ganges) River in Varanasi imagines a new typology of water purification infrastructure that transcends mere utility. Technical requirements are combined with places for social gathering and cultural rituals, in a set of carefully designed architectural interventions at the threshold between river and land.

“The heart of sustainability is leveraging the latent potential of natural systems – such as water for cooling.” – Georgina Baronian
“The heart of sustainability is leveraging the latent potential of natural systems – such as water for cooling.” – Georgina Baronian

Cooling Roof in California, USA by Georgina Baronian, Princeton University explores a prototype for an evaporative roof that uses radiant cooling. The research investigates how to cool large-scale (big box) structures using water on the roof as a thermal insulator and solar reflector.

Articulated Site: Video Impressions of Completed Work
Articulated Site: Video Impressions of Completed Work

The project opened in 2015 and foregrounds the value of water as an important resource of urban life. 

“Harnessing tidal power as a solution to Argentina’s electricity shortage.” – Stefano Romagnoli
“Harnessing tidal power as a solution to Argentina’s electricity shortage.” – Stefano Romagnoli

Territorial Figure in Argentina by Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz Serafini & Tomás Pont, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba proposes an infrastructure for the use of tidal energy in Río Gallegos estuary at Punta Loyola in Argentina. It merges infrastructure, landscape, and architecture in a magnificent natural setting.

“Creating circular flows that include water is a key to sustainable architecture.” – Heidi Boulanger
“Creating circular flows that include water is a key to sustainable architecture.” – Heidi Boulanger

Machinarium in South Africa by Heidi Boulanger, University of Pretoria redefines understandings of industry, proposing a new system of resource exchange between specific production processes. The design explores synergies between a textile manufacturing facility, agricultural fields, and a sewage treatment plant to create a “Machinarium” of mutually interrelated and sustainable systems.

“The impact of water on sustainability is about considering the context of each project individually.” – András Dankházi
“The impact of water on sustainability is about considering the context of each project individually.” – András Dankházi

De-Salination in Ireland by András Dankházi, University College Dublin focusses on symbiotic water supply and landscape regeneration. The project reuses the warmed saltwater output from power plants in a mixed-use infrastructure for low-cost desalination to supply water to Dublin’s growing population.

CID Consulting & Nestlé Reverse Credit Program
CID Consulting & Nestlé Reverse Credit Program

The reverse credit program has been rolled out in the six largest recycling neighborhoods in Cairo – which recycle 20,000 tons of municipal waste per day, managed by small family-owned businesses with a history of more than 70 years in the city. Laila Iskandar is chairperson of CID, an Egyptian consulting firm pursuing holistic growth solutions by bridging corporate and developmental objectives.

The initiatives of the Holcim Foundation
The initiatives of the Holcim Foundation

Since 2003 the Foundation advances the discourse on sustainable construction through its international Awards competitions, academic Forums and publications. This video introduces the main activities of the organization. Promoting best practice, pioneering fresh solutions, and inspiring both established and the “Next Generation” of architects, engineers, planners, developers and contractors to adopt sustainable parameters for all their building projects are just a few of its ambitious objective.

“40 billion tonnes” challenge at Ethical Corporation’s Business Week – Magali Anderson
“40 billion tonnes” challenge at Ethical Corporation’s Business Week – Magali Anderson

Explaining how LafargeHolcim is leading the way in low carbon and circular construction and is already recovering a hundred times more waste than it produces – Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability Officer of LafargeHolcim and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Fasil Giorghis
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Fasil Giorghis

“We must focus on more inclusive development – and look at the quality of urban spaces, health centers and the way we design these facilities for our society,” says Fasil Giorghis, Chair of Conservation of Urban & Architectural Heritage at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture Building Construction & City Development, and Ambassador of the LafargeHolcim Awards.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Fernando González Piris
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Fernando González Piris

“This crisis will force architecture to focus on resilience and adaptability. We need to re-examine how public space is created, and also ensure residential space can accommodate different uses such as working from home,” says Fernando González Piris, Madrid-based architect, at Ensamble Studio & LafargeHolcim Forum 2019 attendee.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Kaarin Taipale
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Kaarin Taipale

“I look forward to a ‘new normal’ where financialization and tourism are no longer the strongest drivers of urban development” – Kaarin Taipale, Finish urban researcher and politician, and a member of the LafargeHolcim Foundation network from the beginning.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Nada Nafeh
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Nada Nafeh

“Our profession will go through a revolution in terms of designing antimicrobial building materials,” says Nada Nafeh, from Egypt. The young architect and urban designer is recipient of a Research in Practice Grant of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Nand Kumar
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Nand Kumar

“Suddenly food, shelter, health and safety are the most important things,” says Nand Kumar, LafargeHolcim Awards Ambassador from India: “Travel is not important, luxury is not important, and brands are not important.”

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz & Tomás Pont
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz & Tomás Pont

“Architects and designers have unique skills in critical thinking and the ability to imagine new futures,” say the recipients of the first LafargeHolcim Research in Practice Grant for Sustainable Construction – Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz, and Tomás Pont. The three winners from Argentina add: “We strongly believe that we are moving towards a change in paradigm after this pandemic.”

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Mitchell Joachim
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Mitchell Joachim

“Architects and urban designers will need to carefully rethink the structures of our cities – how we understand proximity and space between people and the built environment.” Mitchell Joachim, architect and urban designer at Terreform ONE, and LafargeHolcim Awards winner, shares his thoughts about the role of architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Avneesh Tiwari
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Avneesh Tiwari

“Washing hands, staying at home and social distancing will not work in communities with poor access to water, sanitation and other infrastructure. Our cities are built by and rely on this informal workforce – so we need investment and innovation in affordable housing to better meet a future crisis,” says Avneesh Tiwari, Mumbai-based architect, founder of atArchitecture and LafargeHolcim Awards winner.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Eduardo Pizarro
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Eduardo Pizarro

“It might reframe the act of designing for the 21st century,” says Brazilian architect Eduardo Pizarro. “How do we rebuild the sense of common in cities which are already unequal, fragmented, segregated?”

Awards competition: Update in the context of Covid-19
Awards competition: Update in the context of Covid-19

The LafargeHolcim Foundation has decided to postpone the regional prize hand-over events until next year, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. This 5-minute video by Edward Schwarz, General Manager of the LafargeHolcim Foundation explains how the Awards competition schedule has been adapted.

“A very positive catalyst for change” – Noor Marji
“A very positive catalyst for change” – Noor Marji

“The #LafargeHolcimAwards is a very positive Catalyst for Change – and sheds light on what #SustainableConstruction means in different cities around the world” says Noor Marji, who studied architecture at the German Jordanian University. She won a Next Generation prize in 2017 for a hybrid structure that takes on both architectural and infrastructural traits, while restoring a piece of the Amman’s undulating terrain.

“A great opportunity to elevate your project” – Sharon Johnston
“A great opportunity to elevate your project” – Sharon Johnston

“The LafargeHolcim Awards is a great opportunity to elevate your project – and be part of a global conversation on design excellence and sustainability in architecture” says Sharon Johnston.

Johnston Marklee won an Acknowledgement prize in 2017 for the renovation and extension of the Graduate Art Studios at UCLA in Culver City, California. Sharon Johnston will be a member of the jury for North America in 2020. The LafargeHolcim Awards is the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design.

“A boost for both your career and the project!” – Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea
“A boost for both your career and the project!” – Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea

“Winning a prize not only gives you a boost professionally – it also helps to build momentum with all stakeholders in the project to move towards construction” says Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea. AGi architects won an Acknowledgement prize for Bio-Palimpsest that addresses archaeological sites in Pontevedra, Spain as whole environments far beyond the excavated artifact.

“Pushing ideas further” – Eva Pfannes
“Pushing ideas further” – Eva Pfannes

Entering the LafargeHolcim Awards competition is a great way to push your ideas further” – says Eva Pfannes, Ooze Architects and LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze winner for a sanitation system for informal community in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Architects celebrate LafargeHolcim Awards prize with their construction team
Architects celebrate LafargeHolcim Awards prize with their construction team

More than 80 of the project’s enthusiastic workforce met in the backyard of Atelier masōmī in Niamey, the capital of Niger to recognize the dedicated labor force of local masons, electrical- and metal-workers and technicians.

“We cherish being part of a network of contacts in different industries & countries” – Jeanette Kuo
“We cherish being part of a network of contacts in different industries & countries” – Jeanette Kuo

“You’ll be part of a network of contacts in different industries and countries – which is something we cherish a lot” – says Jeanette Kuo on winning a  LafargeHolcim Awards prize. Karamuk Kuo Architects project for an excavation center at Augusta Raurica provides a flexible structure system for safeguarding the largest Roman archaeological site in Switzerland.

“We have to work together” – Anna Heringer
“We have to work together” – Anna Heringer

“We have to work together – building naturally or industrially,” says Anna Heringer following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Heringer is Honorary Professor of the UNESCO Chair in Earthen Architecture and co-moderated a workshop at the LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction.

“We need a systematic approach” – Jan Jenisch
“We need a systematic approach” – Jan Jenisch

“It’s too simple to say we need sustainable building materials – we need a systematic approach,” notes Jan Jenisch following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Jenisch is the CEO of LafargeHolcim and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. 

“Knowledge to address the built environment” – Alejandro Aravena
“Knowledge to address the built environment” – Alejandro Aravena

“We need knowledge to address the built environment,” says Alejandro Aravena following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Aravena is partner architect of Elemental in Chile and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. 

“Understanding materials better” – Stuart Smith
“Understanding materials better” – Stuart Smith

“The better we understand the materials we’ve got, the sooner we can start to deal with their problems,” summarized Stuart Smith following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Smith is director at Arup in Germany and the UK, and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. 

“Stretching the boundaries of what is possible” – Norman Foster
“Stretching the boundaries of what is possible” – Norman Foster

“Materials are forever stretching the boundaries of what is possible – in a future of doing more with less,” says Lord Norman Foster following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Lord Foster is founder and principal of Foster & Partners and was the opening keynote speaker at the LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction. 

“Re-materializing has many angles” – Brinda Somaya
“Re-materializing has many angles” – Brinda Somaya

“From new construction to waste collection – re-materializing has many angles,” says Brinda Somaya following the LafargeHolcim Forum in Egypt. Somaya is Principal of Somaya & Kalappa Consultants in India and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. 

“Providing the supply” – Cédric de Meeûs
“Providing the supply” – Cédric de Meeûs

“We can provide the supply but not the demand,” states Cédric de Meeûs following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction” with regard to the recycling of concrete. De Meeûs is Head of Public Affairs of LafargeHolcim. 

“Least resource consumption” – Michael Scharpf
“Least resource consumption” – Michael Scharpf

“The least resource consumption for a maximum use,” summarizes Michael Scharpf following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction.” Scharpf is Lead Manager Sustainable Construction of LafargeHolcim.

“Improving and making more effective” – Anne Lacaton
“Improving and making more effective” – Anne Lacaton

“We have enough existing materials – we can improve them and make them more effective,” explains Anne Lacaton following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Lacaton is co-founder of Lacaton & Vassal architects in Paris and was a keynote speaker at the LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction. 

“Knowledge to political decision-makers” – Simon Upton
“Knowledge to political decision-makers” – Simon Upton

“Bring all the knowledge to the political decision-makers,” demands Rt Hon Simon Upton following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction” where he was concluding keynote speaker. Upton is the former Environmental Director of the OECD and currently New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

“Challenging the limits of materials” – Jens Diebold
“Challenging the limits of materials” – Jens Diebold

“We need to challenge the limits of materials,” demands Jens Diebold following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Diebold is Head of Sustainable Development of LafargeHolcim and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation. 

“Dealing with materials in the future” – Francis Kéré
“Dealing with materials in the future” – Francis Kéré

“It’s important to talk about how to deal with materials in the future,” says Francis Kéré following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Kéré is principal of Kéré Architecture in Berlin and was a keynote speaker at the LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction. 

“Ecologically-friendly and local material” – Karen Scrivener
“Ecologically-friendly and local material” – Karen Scrivener

“Concrete is a very ecologically-friendly and local material – it must be improved and made more efficient,” explains Karen Scrivener following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Scrivener is Head of the Laboratory of Construction Materials at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL Lausanne).

“A better view of the industry” – Kai-Uwe Bergmann
“A better view of the industry” – Kai-Uwe Bergmann

“Follow a material’s life-cycle to get a better view of the industry,” concludes Kai-Uwe Bergmann at the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Bergmann is partner architect at Bjarke Ingels Group and was a workshop respondent at the LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction. 

“An impressive organisation that has become very important to the culture of architecture” – Richard Hassell
“An impressive organisation that has become very important to the culture of architecture” – Richard Hassell

LafargeHolcim Awards winner & upcoming jury member for region Asia Pacific, Richard Hassell of WOHA endorses the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. WOHA received a LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze for a project to introduce buildings and open space on remediated swamp land in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

LafargeHolcim Awards: Call for exemplary construction projects, visionary design concepts
LafargeHolcim Awards: Call for exemplary construction projects, visionary design concepts

The LafargeHolcim Awards seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The 6th cycle of the international competition is open for entries until February 25, 2020. The Awards offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and foregrounds projects and concepts from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials and construction technology, and related fields.

LafargeHolcim Awards: Convocatoria para proyectos de construcción ejemplares y conceptos de diseño visionaries
LafargeHolcim Awards: Convocatoria para proyectos de construcción ejemplares y conceptos de diseño visionaries

Language: Spanish with Spanish Subtitles

Los LafargeHolcim Awards están dirigidos a proyectos destacados realizados por profesionales y también a ideas audaces de las nuevas generaciones, que combinen soluciones de construcción sustentable con excelencia arquitectónica. Hasta el 25 de febrero de 2020 estarán abiertas las inscripciones para participar en el 6to ciclo de esta competencia internacional. Los Awards ofrecen un total de 2 millones de dólares estadounidenses en premios y convoca a proyectos y conceptos de arquitectura, ingeniería, urbanismo, tecnologías de materiales y construcción, y campos afines.

LafargeHolcim Awards: Appel à projets de construction exemplaires et concepts de design innovants
LafargeHolcim Awards: Appel à projets de construction exemplaires et concepts de design innovants

Language: French with French Subtitles

Les LafargeHolcim Awards s’intéressent aux projets phares de professionnels ainsi qu’aux idées audacieuses soumises par les talents de demain, qui combinent solutions de construction durables et excellence architecturale. Les inscriptions pour le 6e cycle du concours international sont ouvertes jusqu’au 25 février 2020. Les Awards sont assortis au total d’une dotation de 2 millions de dollars et récompensent les projets et concepts dans les domaines de l’architecture, de l’ingénierie, de l’aménagement urbain, des matériaux et des technologies de construction, ainsi que dans les domaines connexes.

加入全球拉法基豪瑞可持续建筑大奖赛吧!
加入全球拉法基豪瑞可持续建筑大奖赛吧!

Language: Chinese with Chinese & English Subtitles

拉法基豪瑞可持续建筑大奖赛是全球最重要的可持续设计大赛。作品征集范围包括建筑设计、工程设计、城市规划、材料工程、建筑科技及相关领域的项目。奖金总计200万美元。大奖赛的主奖项要求参赛作品处于设计后期,并具有较高的可实施性。

Joana Dabaj & Riccardo Luca Conti at Strelka “Future Architect” Conference, Moscow
Joana Dabaj & Riccardo Luca Conti at Strelka “Future Architect” Conference, Moscow

LafargeHolcim Awards winners Joana Dabaj and Riccardo Luca Conti from CatalyticAction highlighted the importance of ethical standards and social inclusion at the Strelka “Future Architect” Conference in Moscow, Russia. 

“An opportunity to share ideas with the community” – Mario Camargo
“An opportunity to share ideas with the community” – Mario Camargo

Language: Spanish no Subtitles

Mario Camargo from Colectivo 720 in Colombia says entering the LafargeHolcim Awards competition is an opportunity to share ideas on sustainability with the wider community and plan the project further. His project “Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park” in Medellín, Colombia transforms hidden infrastructure within the city into publicly-accessible civic space.

“An open platform that rewards creativity and innovation” – Vedhant Maharaj
“An open platform that rewards creativity and innovation” – Vedhant Maharaj

Vedhant Maharaj, Rebel Base Collective & LafargeHolcim Awards winner is asked why young architects should enter the next LafargeHolcim Awards competition. “The LafargeHolcim Awards is an open platform that rewards creativity and innovation,” he said.

“Provide answers to living more sustainably” – Oliver Lang
“Provide answers to living more sustainably” – Oliver Lang

Global Awards finalist Oliver Lang says that entering the LafargeHolcim Awards is an opportunity to “provide answers to living more sustainably”.

“The urgency to re-materialize construction is extreme”
“The urgency to re-materialize construction is extreme”

Watch a 5-minute summary featuring statements on “Re-materializing construction”, the topic of the 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum, by Lord Norman Foster, Marc Angélil, Alejandro Aravena, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Anna Heringer, Laila Iskandar, Francis Kéré, Anne Lacaton, Stuart Smith, Brinda Somaya, and Rt Hon Simon Upton. 

“Cement and concrete are not the enemy”
“Cement and concrete are not the enemy”

Top managers of LafargeHolcim comment on the future of building materials in a five-minute video that breaks down questions and findings of the symposium dedicated to “re-materializing construction” that are relevant to the cement and concrete industry.  “It is key for us to engage and discuss with all stakeholders of society where construction and building materials will go in the future,” says Jan Jenisch, LafargeHolcim CEO and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

Project Update – AirShade by Nikola Znaor
Project Update – AirShade by Nikola Znaor

Language: Croatian no Subtitles

Nikola Znaor’s project offers a solution to energy-intensive cooling of buildings. In an interview on Croatian television program Eko zona (Eco-zone), he describes progress on his Air-Shade responsive and sustainable shading system, that is powered by air that is sensitive to solar exposure and uses no external energy source or sensors. Nikola Znaor points how winning a Next Generation prize in the world’s largest competition for sustainable design helped to finance the ongoing feasibility study for the project.

Video: Courtesy Eko zona – Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT).

“Encapsulating the challenges of our time and the importance of sustainability” – Nirmal Kishnani
“Encapsulating the challenges of our time and the importance of sustainability” – Nirmal Kishnani

The National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design & Environment unveiled the first new-build net-zero energy building in Singapore. NUS is an associated university of the LafargeHolcim Foundation; and demonstrates its commitment to “walking the talk” on sustainable construction.

The new building is architecture that lives up to the pedagogy of the school. It cultivates a sense of collaborative learning; integrates the natural and interior environment; and influences the next generation to see sustainable architecture as integral to their own ways of living and designing future buildings.

“Can architecture build people’s lives?”
“Can architecture build people’s lives?”

Milinda Pathiraja at the TEDx Colombo event “I, You, We” in October 2018 on robust techniques to achieve sustainability. His work including the Global LafargeHolcim Awards winning Community Library in rural Ambepussa illustrates his focus on a form of architecture that not only produces spaces and constructed artifacts – but that also builds capacities and human capital.  

“Knitcrete” formwork and materials innovation
“Knitcrete” formwork and materials innovation

A double-curved concrete shell made with a 3D-knitted formwork in a collaboration between Zaha Hadid Architects and ETH Zurich has gone on display in Mexico City.

How building sustainably can support education in Indonesia
How building sustainably can support education in Indonesia

Language: Bahasa Indonesia with English subtitles

Two LafargeHolcim Awards winning teams examined how sustainable construction can improve the quality of education at an event hosted by Holcim Indonesia. The projects were: “Microlibrary” learning centers by SHAU that aim to raise literacy via a network of small and accessible libraries; and a school hub built using local materials that empowers local craftsmen by SASO Architecture Studio.

“Learning Amplified through Exchange with Like-Minded People”
“Learning Amplified through Exchange with Like-Minded People”

Language: Bahasa Indonesia with English subtitles

Andi Subagio recently attended the LafargeHolcim Awards Lab in Mexico City where some 50 Next Generation prizewinners from around the world met at IBERO to encourage progress towards sustainability in building and construction. He was enthusiastic about the benefits of the Awards Lab: “We had the opportunity to network with other young professionals from around the world and share concepts for improving sustainability of the built environment. On top of that I had the chance to meet some of my idols from architecture and the learning was amplified through exchange with so many like-minded people,” said Subagio.

Project introduction: “Hydropuncture” – La Quebradora Hydraulic Park
Project introduction: “Hydropuncture” – La Quebradora Hydraulic Park

Language: Spanish no Subtitles

Water is in shortage and overabundance in Mexico City. This short video introduces the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2018 winner, which addresses this water supply paradox – and compliments the long tradition of Awards winners, that focus on water management, social sustainability, and water efficiency.

LafargeHolcim Awards Lab 2018 Mexico City
LafargeHolcim Awards Lab 2018 Mexico City

What’s next in sustainable construction? More than 50 young architects and engineers from 25 countries were inspired by lectures, presented their projects and exchanged experiences at the LafargeHolcim Next Generations Awards Lab in Mexico City. Three teams returned home with a two-year Research in Practice Grant.

“Hydropuncture” – La Quebradora Hydraulic Park
“Hydropuncture” – La Quebradora Hydraulic Park

Language: Spanish no Subtitles

“Hydropuncture” – La Quebradora Hydraulic Park creates urgently needed water infrastructure in the eastern periphery of Mexico City. The project team led by architect Loreta Castro Reguera of Taller Capital and researcher Manuel Perló from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México won the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2018 for improving conditions in the dense urban fabric of the city by forming a greenbelt that doubles as water management infrastructure.

“Dig and delve into issues of sustainability” – Mariam Kamara
“Dig and delve into issues of sustainability” – Mariam Kamara

Global LafargeHolcim Awards Silver 2018 winner Mariam Kamara sees competition as a platform for specialists to “dig and delve into issues of sustainability on a global scale”.

LafargeHolcim Awards competition is “a great opportunity to get your ideas out and seen”
LafargeHolcim Awards competition is “a great opportunity to get your ideas out and seen”

Global LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2018 prize winner Constance C Bodurow encourages fellow architects, engineers, urban planners and designers to participate in the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.

“Bringing together the religious and the secular” – Yasaman Esmaili on sustainable design
“Bringing together the religious and the secular” – Yasaman Esmaili on sustainable design

The reinterpretation of traditional local construction techniques for a new mosque and community center in Dandaji, Niger brings together the religious and secular elements in a cohesive solution says Yasaman Esmaili of studio chahar, Iran. Together with Mariam Kamara of atelier masomi, Niger, she designed the Global Silver Awards winner with a project that addresses the contemporary social challenges by creating a space in the village open to all.

“Community-driven responses to issues facing many cities” – Alejandro Aravena
“Community-driven responses to issues facing many cities” – Alejandro Aravena

Awards Bronze: Alejandro Aravena, Head of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 jury thinks being an active agent of change is a compelling aspect of the Bronze Award winning project from the USA. The scalable community-driven model could be applied in other shrinking cities, where taking action in a design void breaks down the scale of centralized infrastructure to deliver water, energy and food locally.

“A cultural connection and new dimension on sustainability” – Alejandro Aravena
“A cultural connection and new dimension on sustainability” – Alejandro Aravena

Awards Silver: Head of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 jury, Alejandro Aravena, complimented the many dimensions and layers of the Awards Silver winner from Niger, which moved it from a single work to holding universal qualities. The project achieves a remarkable level of quality, and strategically leverages traditional knowledge and local materials.

“A compelling and appealing solution” – Alejandro Aravena
“A compelling and appealing solution” – Alejandro Aravena

Awards Gold: Head of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 jury, Alejandro Aravena, notes how the Gold Award winning Project from Mexico addresses the critical and relevant matter of water. The scalable program could transfer from the single case to become a systemic response – and integrates more than one dimension that enhances life quality and public space beyond technical responses alone.

“Integrando más de una dimensión” – Alejandro Aravena
“Integrando más de una dimensión” – Alejandro Aravena

Premio de Oro: El líder del jurado de los Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018, Alejandro Aravena destaca que el proyecto ganador del premio de Oro, proveniente de México, acertó en identificar un tema relevante y desarrollar una respuesta expandible que integra varias dimensiones para lograr soluciones, y no sólo abordar los problemas.

Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury meeting 2018
Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury meeting 2018

Nine members of jury, an observer and a minutes taker spent a full day studying, evaluating and ranking 55 projects that had qualified to be honored with a Global LafargeHolcim Award or a Global LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prize. Have a glimpse at the process in the heritage exhibition room of Sihlcity in Zurich.

“Un gran éxito para Latinoamérica” – Alejandro Aravena
“Un gran éxito para Latinoamérica” – Alejandro Aravena

Premio Ideas para "Territorial Figure" en Argentina: El líder del jurado de los Global LafargeHolcim Awards, Alejandro Aravena destaca que la idea de los estudiantes de Córdoba es clara, relevante y original; y se manifiesta entusiasmado de que tanto el Award de Oro como uno de los premios Ideas para la categoría Next Generation hayan sido otorgados a proyectos presentados en Latinoamérica.

“An idea worthy of further exploration” – Stuart Smith
“An idea worthy of further exploration” – Stuart Smith

Ideas prize for “Cooling Roof” in the USA: Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury member, Stuart Smith, believes the LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prize winner from the USA is a concept worthy of further exploration. The project examines the use of evaporative cooling using a water layer on a roof to provide cooling within a logistics facility in California – but could be applied in any structure with a large roof area.

“Powerful idea for empowerment” – Diébédo Francis Kéré
“Powerful idea for empowerment” – Diébédo Francis Kéré

Ideas prize for "Refrigerating Jar" in Ghana: Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury member, Diébédo Francis Kéré, viewed the LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prize winner from Ghana as a clever concept for building the value of a main economic resource in West Africa. By storing the nuts and processing them incrementally, the community is empowered – by selling the processed shea butter for skin moisturizing when it commands a higher price in the market cycle.

« Deux jeunes professionnels courageux » – Diébédo Francis Kéré
« Deux jeunes professionnels courageux » – Diébédo Francis Kéré

Prix d’argent: Diébédo Francis Kéré, juré aux Global LafargeHolcim Awards, félicite les lauréats pour leur courage à imaginer des projets qui créent de nouveaux espaces publics plutôt que des espaces vides et à utiliser le savoir-faire et les matériaux disponibles sur place pour la construction.

“Ingenious detail to achieve large-scale effect” – Marc Angélil
“Ingenious detail to achieve large-scale effect” – Marc Angélil

Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury member, Marc Angélil, considers the micro-level detail of the LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prize winner from the USA to be ingenious and embodies the new Ideas prize category. By developing a new system for cooling a “big box” logistics structure, the project has the potential for huge energy savings from cooling loads that is applicable on a widely-used building type form.

“Intersecting the optimal” – Sustainable design by Steven Holl
“Intersecting the optimal” – Sustainable design by Steven Holl

The design by Steven Holl of Steven Holl Architects, USA starts by maximising the natural light to the interior and solar energy to the exterior for the Miracle for Africa Foundation central library in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Awards Acknowledgement prize winner features gently curving roof elements and screen enclosures for a library that transcends sustainable construction into one integrated design.

“Focussing on the true identity of the city” – Sustainable design by Noor Marji
“Focussing on the true identity of the city” – Sustainable design by Noor Marji

A project for an urban stair and library in Amman, Jordan connects people and leverages the entire community says Noor Marji of the German Jordanian University. The Next Generation 4th prize-winner makes a positive impact by focusing simultaneously on being a building, an urban infrastructure, and patch of landscape.

“Merging sustainable infrastructure with sociological patterns of ritual” – Sustainable design by Vedhant Maharaj
“Merging sustainable infrastructure with sociological patterns of ritual” – Sustainable design by Vedhant Maharaj

A complex water purifying infrastructure in the historically significant landscape of Varanasi aspires to be part of a network that would achieve success at the local and national levels says Vedhant Maharaj of Rebel Base Collective, South Africa. His Next Generation 2nd prize winner is a poetic interpretation of a water purification facility providing public space on the banks of the Ganges River.

“Local materials and innovation through research” – Sustainable design by Tzu-Jung Huang
“Local materials and innovation through research” – Sustainable design by Tzu-Jung Huang

An exploration of resilient ecosystems is based on detailed research and use of local materials including pineapple leaf fibre and kaolin soils says Tzu-Jung Huang of Feng Chia University in Taiwan. The Next Generation 4th prize explores material stocks and flows at multiple scales as an alternative to predominant modes of city development.

“Local needs and local knowledge” – Sustainable design by Make Africa Better
“Local needs and local knowledge” – Sustainable design by Make Africa Better

A shea butter storage facility for the Nyingali community in Ghana addresses local needs and transfers knowledge to ensure it is sustainable says NGO Make Africa Better from South Korea. Wonjoon Han, Sookhee Yuk and Gahee Van won an Awards Acknowledgement for their striking storage unit towers designed for passive cooling and alluding to traditional local architecture.

“Long-range planning” – Sustainable design by Mengyuan Zhu
“Long-range planning” – Sustainable design by Mengyuan Zhu

A participatory village transformation in Guming near Nanning is sustainable because of long-range planning that is focussed on restoring and contributing to the community says Mengyuan Zhu of Southeast University, China. The Next Generation 1st prize winner proposes a 20-year-long low-rise, high-density urban transformation of a rural village.

“Resonating with the surroundings” – Sustainable design by Raul Pantaleo and Massimo Lepore
“Resonating with the surroundings” – Sustainable design by Raul Pantaleo and Massimo Lepore

A film training center in Kampala, Uganda enhances sustainability by using local materials and local artisans, as well as paying close attention to context say Raul Pantaleo and Massimo Lepore. TAMassociati of Italy won an Awards Acknowledgement for a cinematic series of spaces wrapped in brick to empower a new generation of filmmakers.

“Innovation and community” – Sustainable design by Andrew Amara
“Innovation and community” – Sustainable design by Andrew Amara

The Odek Center for Nodding Disease in Uganda uses technical innovations and community involvement in design and materials says Andrew Amara of Studio Flame. The structure uses local timber, bricks and stone, as well as technical innovations in solar power, natural ventilation and low carbon footprint, and was an Awards Acknowledgement winner aimed at community-building after decades of conflict.

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