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Happy New Year 2022
Happy New Year 2022

The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction wishes you, your family and friends all the best for a safe, happy and prosperous 2022.

Re-materializing Housing Workshop
Re-materializing Housing Workshop

The Norman Foster Foundation Re-Materializing Housing Workshop took place from 15-19 November 2021 with the support of the Holcim Foundation. The construction sector uses an extensive amount of material resources and is responsible for the use of material compounds that are harmful to both humans and the environment. It is not enough to talk about more efficient steps to take within the existing systems but time for a real paradigm shift’.

Global and Regional Holcim Awards 2021 Announcement
Global and Regional Holcim Awards 2021 Announcement

Watch the announcement of all 33 Main Category winners of Global and regional Holcim Awards. The winners of the global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction showcase the cutting edge of approaches to sustainable design, green architecture, and materials innovation.

Extending the Cycle in Switzerland – Author Comment
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland – Author Comment

Author comment by Barbara Buser, Architect, baubüro in situ, Basel, Switzerland on Extending the Cycle in Switzerland – Upgrade using circular material flows.

Holcim Awards prize winners – Asia Pacific
Holcim Awards prize winners – Asia Pacific

The winners of the Holcim Awards main category prizes for Asia Pacific have been announced. The winning projects from Australia, Cambodia, China, the Philippines, and Vietnam focus on sustainability through policy and technological innovation.

Holcim Awards prize winners – Latin America
Holcim Awards prize winners – Latin America

The winners of the Holcim Awards main category prizes for Latin America have been announced. The winning projects from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico focus on water as a central element.

Holcim Awards prize winners – Middle East Africa
Holcim Awards prize winners – Middle East Africa

The winners of the Holcim Awards main category prizes for Middle East Africa have been announced. The winning projects from Cabo Verde, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Uganda and Yemen focus on empowering construction projects.

Upgrading Labor in Cambodia – Project Overview
Upgrading Labor in Cambodia – Project Overview

A social housing project to improve living conditions and social inclusion of workers in the Special Economic Zones.

Collective Harvest in Brazil – Project Overview ESP
Collective Harvest in Brazil – Project Overview ESP

Holcim Awards de Plata en Latinoamérica - Instalaciones para procesamiento de frutos secos con involucramiento comunitario en la cuenca del Amazonas. Ganador: Gustavo Utrabo, Estúdio Gustavo Utrabo, São Paulo, Brasil

Ganadores del premio Holcim Awards - América Latina
Ganadores del premio Holcim Awards - América Latina

Se han anunciado los ganadores de los premios de la categoría principal de los Holcim Awards para América Latina. Los proyectos ganadores de Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador y México se centran en el agua como elemento central. Más información en: https://www.holcimfoundation.org/awards/6th-cycle/latin-america/Winners

Housing Infill en Córdoba, Argentina
Housing Infill en Córdoba, Argentina

Premio Holcim Awards Acknowledgement Latinoamérica - Proyecto de densificación urbana flexible y regenerativa. Ganadores: Agustin Berzero, Valeria Jaros, Emilia Darricades, Tomás Quaglia y Maximiliano Torchio, Córdoba, Argentina

Park Evolution en Mendoza, Argentina
Park Evolution en Mendoza, Argentina

Premio Holcim Awards Acknowledgement Latinoamérica - Proyecto de regeneración ambiental en un antiguo zoológico de Mendoza. Ganadores: Leticia Alfaro y Guillermo Lesch, lesch.alfaro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Vernacular Greenhouse in Colombia – Project Overview ESP
Vernacular Greenhouse in Colombia – Project Overview ESP

Holcim Awards de Bronce en Latinoamérica - Vivienda con eficiencia energética para agricultores que viven en las montañas. Ganadores: Carlos Betancourt, Aldo Hurtado y equipo, Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos, Cali, Colombia; Sebastián Contreras y equipo, Estación Espacial Arquitectos SAS, Barichara, Colombia

Wetland Vitality in Colombia – Project Overview ESP
Wetland Vitality in Colombia – Project Overview ESP

Holcim Awards Global de Plata y Holcim Awards de Oro en Latinoamérica - Projecto de diseño paisajístico para recuperación ambiental y sustentabilidad social. Ganadores: Sebastián Mejía, Edgar Mazo y equipo, Connatural, Medellín, Colombia

Agrarian Enrichment in China – Author Comment
Agrarian Enrichment in China – Author Comment

Author comment by Jean-Pierre Pranlas-Descours, Pranlas-Descours Architect-Urban Planner and Sylvie Ravalet, CSTB both Paris, France on Agrarian Enrichment in China – Sustainable urban and agricultural system.

Agrarian Enrichment in China – Client Comment
Agrarian Enrichment in China – Client Comment

Statement of congratulations by Professor Yu Gang, Secretary General, Chinese Society for Urban Studies on a Sino-French MoU to build world-class low carbon cities including the Holcim Awards winning Agrarian Enrichment in China.

Agrarian Enrichment in China – Client Comment
Agrarian Enrichment in China – Client Comment

Statement of congratulations by Mr Liu Xueqiang, Mayor of Yuzhong, China on “Yuzhong Sino-French Eco-Cities” – the Holcim Awards winning Agrarian Enrichment in China.

Agrarian Enrichment in China – Project Overview
Agrarian Enrichment in China – Project Overview

A project to preserve the traditional rural fabric of the Nanhe River valley and to promote its integration into a more sustainable urban and agricultural system.

Ancient Rejuvenation in China – Author Comment
Ancient Rejuvenation in China – Author Comment

Author comment by Yuxing Zhang and Jing Han, ARCity Office, China on Ancient Rejuvenation in China – Urban revitalisation as alternative to demolition.

Ancient Rejuvenation in China – Project Overview
Ancient Rejuvenation in China – Project Overview

An intervention for the preservation and revitalization of a historical district in Shenzhen demonstrates sustainable alternatives to demolition.

Connective Threads in Jordan – Author Comment
Connective Threads in Jordan – Author Comment

Author comment by Azra Aksamija, Future Heritage Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA on Connective Threads in Jordan – Refugee shelters using upcycled textile waste.

Connective Threads in Jordan – Project Overview
Connective Threads in Jordan – Project Overview

A participatory design upcycles textile waste to create refugee shelters while offering opportunities for the cultural expression of displaced people.

Cultural Interlude in Morocco – Author Comment
Cultural Interlude in Morocco – Author Comment

Author comment by Aziza Chaouni, Architect, Aziza Chaouni Projects, Morocco/Canada on Cultural Interlude in Morocco – Music school and ecotourism center.

Cultural Interlude in Morocco – Project Overview
Cultural Interlude in Morocco – Project Overview

A self-sustaining music school and ecotourism center in M’hamid El Ghizlane to preserve tribal cultural heritage.

Empowering Homeless in the Philippines – Author Comment
Empowering Homeless in the Philippines – Author Comment

Author comment by Prasoon Kumar, Billion Bricks, Singapore on Empowering Homeless in the Philippines – Self-financing residential complex.

Empowering Homeless in the Philippines – Project Overview
Empowering Homeless in the Philippines – Project Overview

A self-financing residential complex for vulnerable people in Minalin pays for housing supply by means of solar electricity production.

Green-Blue Network in China – Author Comment
Green-Blue Network in China – Author Comment

Author comment by Yu Kongjian, Peking University & Turenscape, China on Green-Blue Network in China – Nature-based urban drainage infrastructure.

Green-Blue Network in China – Project Overview
Green-Blue Network in China – Project Overview

A project for the transformation of an existing infrastructure into a sustainable green-blue network for the city of Shenzhen.

High-Performance Tower in Australia – Author Comment
High-Performance Tower in Australia – Author Comment

Author comment by Wolfgang Kessling, Transsolar Energietechnik, Germany on High-Performance Tower in Australia – Energy-efficient urban tower.

High-Performance Tower in Australia – Project Overview
High-Performance Tower in Australia – Project Overview

A revolutionary tower building in Sydney achieves an outstanding environmental performance while providing new programmatic elements.

Holcim Awards prize winners – Europe
Holcim Awards prize winners – Europe

The winners of the Holcim Awards main category prizes for Europe have been announced. The winning projects from Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, France Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden focus on reuse, recycling, and upcycling.

Holcim Awards prize winners – North America
Holcim Awards prize winners – North America

The winners of the Holcim Awards main category prizes for North America have been announced. The winning projects from Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan and Canada focus on reuse, recycling, and upcycling.

Inundation Harvest in Iran – Author Comment
Inundation Harvest in Iran – Author Comment

Author comment by Ashkan Rezvani-Naraghi, University of Tehran and Ghazal Raheb, Housing & Urban Development Research Center on Inundation Harvest in Iran – Urban flood mitigation using ancient techniques.

Inundation Harvest in Iran – Project Overview
Inundation Harvest in Iran – Project Overview

A project for urban flood mitigation in Bandar-e Kong through the restoration of ancient flood management and irrigation systems.

Propagated Sanctuary in Vietnam – Author Comment
Propagated Sanctuary in Vietnam – Author Comment

Author comment by Lan Chi Mai, ODDO architects, Vietnam on Propagated Sanctuary in Vietnam – Urban forest and economic catalyst.

Propagated Sanctuary in Vietnam – Project Overview
Propagated Sanctuary in Vietnam – Project Overview

An urban forest for Hanoi develops a self-sustained ecosystem and offers new environmental, social and economic opportunities to its inhabitants.

Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde – Author Comment
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde – Author Comment

Author comment by Leão Lopes, M_EIA/Atelier Mar, Cape Verde on Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde – Post-disaster community reactivation facility.

Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde – Project Overview
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde – Project Overview

An educational facility for the reactivation of community life in Chã das Caldeiras, following destruction by lava flows.

Upgrading Labor in Cambodia – Author Comment
Upgrading Labor in Cambodia – Author Comment

Author comment by Avneesh Tiwari, Founder of atArchitecture on Upgrading Labor in Cambodia – Social housing to improve worker conditions.

Urban Movement in Uganda – Author Comment
Urban Movement in Uganda – Author Comment

Author comment by Joseph Kigozi, Prome Consultants, Uganda Chicago on Urban Movement in Uganda – Multi-modal urban transport scheme.

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Circular materials open-up new design and construction paradigms

Designed granular materials that require no binding agents are fully recyclable building materials. HolcimAwards winners Karola Dierichs, Weißensee Academy of Art, Berlin and Achim Menges, Institute for Computational Design & Construction,…

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Workshop Mentor, Dirk Hebel, during his introduction at the Norman Foster Foundation’s library.

Workshop Mentor, Dirk Hebel, during his introduction at the Norman Foster Foundation’s library.

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