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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.”

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.

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.

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”.

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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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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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