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    Trophy presentation (l-r): winning team Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner with Joildo Santos (President, UMCP), Bernard Fontana (CEO of Holcim & Chairman of the Holcim Foundation Steering Committee), Andreas Leu (Member of the Executive Committee of Holcim), Aaron Betsky (Director, Cincinnati Art Museum, USA & Global Holcim Awards jury representative).

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    (l-r): Hubert Klumpner (project author), Aaron Betsky (Global Holcim Awards jury representative), Alfredo Brillembourg (project author), Elisabete França (SEHAB), Maria TerezaDiniz (SEHAB) and Joildo Santos (President of the Residents’ Union, Paraisópolis community).

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    Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 prize handover – São Paulo, Brazil

    Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 was presented to the winning project team from Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), São Paulo (l-r): Michel Contento, Lindsey Sherman, Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner.

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    Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 prize hand-over, São Paulo, Brazil

    On the site of the Grotão Escola de Música project in the community of Paraisópolis, São Paulo (l-r): Michel Contento (Urban-Think Tank, U-TT), Lindsey Sherman (U-TT), Aaron Betsky (Global Holcim Awards jury representative) and Hubert Klumpner (U-TT).

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    Visiting the Grotão Escola de Música project as part of the prize handover event (l-r): Bernard Fontana (CEO, Holcim), Otmar Hübscher (CEO, Holcim Brazil), and Hubert Klumpner (Urban-Think Tank, U-TT).

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    On the site of the Grotão Escola de Música project in the community of Paraisópolis, São Paulo (l-r): Aaron Betsky, Cincinnati Art Museum and Hubert Klumpner (Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 winner, Urban-Think Tank).

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    On the site of the Grotão Escola de Música project in the community of Paraisópolis, São Paulo with students of the CEU School, Centro Educacional Unificado (l-r): Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner (Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 winners, Urban-Think Tank).

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    Providing an overview of their project, “Urban remediation and civic infrastructure hub” in São Paulo, Brazil (l-r): Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, Urban-Think Tank (U-TT).

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    Presentation of the trophy.

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    Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 prize hand-over, São Paulo, Brazil

    Representative of the Global Holcim Awards 2012 jury, Aaron Betsky (Director, Cincinnati Art Museum, USA).

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    Bernard Fontana is Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Holcim Foundation, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Holcim Foundation, and CEO of Holcim.

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    Joildo Santos, Presidente da União de Moradores e do Comercio de Paraisópolis (UMCP).

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    Marcelo Takaoka, President of the Brazilian Council for Sustainable Construction (CBCS).

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    Paulo Simão, Presidente da Câmara Brasileira da Indústria da Construção (CBIC).

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    Elisabete França, Sub-Secretária de Habitação da Cidade de São Paulo (SEHAB).

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    Maria Tereza Diniz, Coordenadora de Projeto, Paraisópolis, SEHAB.

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    Gilberto Kassab, Mayor of the City of São Paulo.

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    Otmar Hübscher, CEO, Holcim Brazil.

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    Paraisópolis Youth Ballet – the group will benefit from the new civic infrastructure hub where they will be able to use spaces established and reserved for their activities on a permanent basis.

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    Paraisópolis Youth Orchestra – the group will benefit from the new civic infrastructure hub where they will be able to use spaces established and reserved for their activities on a permanent basis.

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    Holcim representatives (l-r): Bernard Fontana, CEO of Holcim and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Holcim Foundation and Andreas Leu, Member of the Executive Committee of Holcim for Latin America.

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    Attending the handover event (l-r): Vanderley M John, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Construction Engineering, Polytechnic School, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil – and member of the Global Holcim Innovation prize 2012 jury and Holcim Awards 2011 jury for Latin America; Bernard Fontana, CEO of Holcim and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Holcim Foundation; and Otmar Hübscher, CEO of Holcim Brazil.

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    Bernard Fontana (right), CEO of Holcim and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Holcim Foundation pictured during a media interview at the handover event.

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    Paraisópolis Youth Ballet – the group will benefit from the new civic infrastructure hub where they will be able to use spaces established and reserved for their activities on a permanent basis.

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    Master of ceremonies, Stephan Buser, Swiss-Brazilian chamber of commerce.

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    Maestro Paulo Rydlewski, conductor of the Paraisópolis Youth Orchestra, not only performed with some of his gifted students, he also gave thanks for the new building where the orchestra will be able to use spaces established and reserved for its activities on a permanent basis.

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    (l-r): Otmar Hübscher, CEO of Holcim Brazil, Hubert Klumpner and Alfredo Brillembourg (Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 winners), Urban-Think Tank.

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    Otmar Hübscher, CEO of Holcim Brazil.

“Grotão – Fábrica de Música” in the community of Paraisópolis in São Paulo was selected to receive the Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 out of more than 6,000 competition entries from all over the world. The speakers at the prize handover event at CEU included Gilberto Kassab, Mayor of São Paulo, Elisabete França, Deputy Secretary of Housing of the City of São Paulo, and Joildo Santos on behalf of the Paraisópolis community. The internationally-acclaimed project expands sustainability beyond the management of natural resources and into the realm of social sustainability.

Last updated: August 23, 2012 Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Global Holcim Awards Silver 2012 was presented to architects Alfredo Brillembourg (Venezuela/Switzerland), Hubert Klumpner (Austria/Switzerland) and their multinational design team at Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), Brazil for an Urban remediation and civic infrastructure hub: Grotão – Fábrica de Música (music factory). The project will include a terraced public space with areas for urban agriculture, a water management system, a public amphitheater, a music school, a small concert hall, sports facilities, public spaces and transport infrastructure. It will prevent further erosion and dangerous mudslides on the steep slopes and provide social and cultural infrastructure.

The project was praised for its unifying concept, premium cultural facilities, architectural quality, and integrated involvement of the local community in a socially-inclusive planning and management approach. Aaron Betsky (USA), Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, and representative of the Global Holcim Awards jury, explained how the infrastructure hub would address environmental challenges. “The project structure retains and stabilizes the area’s challenging topography, creating a green island in a terraced public space,” he said.

Holcim CEO, Bernard Fontana (Switzerland), congratulated the prize winners for applying architectural quality and contextual awareness to the project. “We see sustainability not as a technical challenge but as a professional attitude of all building professionals that leads to a higher quality of life – in developing countries, emerging economies, and industrialized nations alike,” he said.

Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner presented their winning project to around 200 attendees, and explained the inter-linkage between the various elements of the urban remediation concept. “We need the sports facilities so that the older kids have a reason to bring their younger siblings to music class,” they said. The project aims to contribute to the formation of a socially-viable environment by providing public space for productive community engagement, which will deliver enhanced opportunities to the many inhabitants of the favela. In the regional phase of the Holcim Awards 2011, this project won gold for Latin America and thereby qualified for the Global Holcim Awards competition.

The prize hand-over ceremony was hosted by Holcim Brazil and featured musical entertainment by the Paraisópolis Youth Orchestra and a performance by the Paraisópolis Youth Ballet – both of which will benefit from the new civic infrastructure hub where they will be able to use spaces established and reserved for their activities on a permanent basis. The merits of the project, however, go much further, as was highlighted in the speeches by Joildo Santos (Paraisópolis community), Marcelo Takaoka (CBCS), Paulo Simão (CIBIC), Elisabete França (SEHAB), Mayor Gilberto Kassab, and Otmar Hübscher (Holcim Brazil).