Awards History

Awards 2008–2009: Cycle Summary

Integrating environmental, economic and social priorities

  • Global Holcim Awards finalist entry 2009 – River remediation and urban development scheme, Fez, Morocco

    Global Holcim Awards Gold 2009

    A river remediation and urban development scheme in Fez, Morocco enables the river Fez to run free and clean again.

  • Global Holcim Awards Gold 2009 prize handover

    Global Holcim Awards Gold 2009

    Prize winners (l-r): Takako Tajima and Aziza Chaouni of Bureau EAST, Morocco/Canada congratulated by Markus Akermann, CEO of Holcim Ltd, Switzerland.

  • Global Holcim Awards Silver 2009

    Low-impact greenfield university campus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam merges seamlessly with the landscape and maximises passive cooling.

  • Global Holcim Awards Silver 2009

    Presentation with (l-r): Daisuke Sanuki, Paul Hugentobler (Holcim), Kazuhiro Kojima, Vo Trong Nghia and Aidan Lynam (Holcim).

  • Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2009

    Sustainable planning for a rural community near Beijing, China improves logistics, public utilities and services while meeting stringent ecological and energy-saving targets for new buildings.

  • Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2009

    Presentation (l-r) by Holcim representatives Li Yeqing, Tom Clough, and Rolf Soiron, to Zhang Yue, Deputy Chair of Urban Planning, Tsinghua University, China.

  • Global Holcim Awards Innovation prize 2009

    The self-contained structure provides a specific place for day labor gatherings and facilitates the employment process.

  • Global Holcim Awards Innovation prize 2009

    Innovation prize presentation (l-r): winner John Petersen, “Innovation” prize winner, Public Architecture, USA; jury member Saskia Sassen; prize winner Liz Ogbu and jury member Enrique Norten.

Sustainability is of critical importance to building and construction in every region of the world. The second cycle of the Holcim Awards competition heralded an inspiring increase by almost 50% on submissions received compared to the first Awards cycle. There was also a growing proportion of interdisciplinary project teams which clearly illustrates the collaborative nature of finding sustainable approaches for the built environment.


prize-winning projects


competition entries


countries represented

Integrated solutions document societal and environmental needs met and improve economic performance where technologies are combined to lower consumption, maintenance, costs, and ecological footprints.

The understanding of what sustainable development, and therefore sustainable construction, means has grown over the years.This growing awareness has principally been due to the dedicated efforts of engaged stakeholders across a vast range of specialties. 

Inspiring examples of this capacity for innovation have been captured in the second cycle of the Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and visions. Almost 5,000 entries were submitted – designs for sustainable buildings, exciting urban planning concepts, state-of-the-art engineering proposals– an abundance of visionary construction ideas.

Global Holcim Awards 2008 jury meeting

Impressions of the jury meeting where independent experts on sustainable development of society, building processes, construction materials, and building projects selected the global winners from 15 finalists.

The four Global Holcim Awards 2008 winning entries are a river remediation scheme in Morocco, a greenfield university campus in Vietnam, a rural planning strategy in China, and a shelter for day laborers in the USA. A series of prize-handovers were held at the site of each project to celebrate the winners and their highly-acclaimed examples of sustainable construction.

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