Architectural Acupuncture: Small Projects, Big Impact

Holcim Awards Webinars look at small and powerful transformations with winners from Ghana and Lebanon

Architectural Acupuncture: Small Projects, Big Impact

The fifth webinar focuses on small and powerful projects – where the building acts as a pinprick of acupuncture – transforming its neighbourhood: socially, economically, and ecologically. In Africa and the Middle East, sustainability is often framed as a question of “use, tradition, and relationship to the environment,” says Lesley Lokko OBE, Chair of the Holcim Awards 2023 jury for the region. This is different from how it might be discussed in resource-rich countries of the developed North.

Last updated: May 13, 2024 Zurich, Switzerland

Exemplifying the acupuncture approach in Ghana and Lebanon

Surf Ghana Collective (Awards 2023 Gold for Middle East & Africa) focuses on the community, particularly youth, in the surfing hotspot of Busua in western Ghana. It reuses an existing building with strategic yet economical interventions to craft a new kind of gathering space – one that fosters collaboration, independence, and entrepreneurship.

Holcim Awards 2023 Gold for Middle East & Africa - Surf Ghana Collective

Holcim Foundation Awards 2023 Gold for Middle East & Africa – Surf Ghana Collective: Youth empowerment and responsible tourism co-operative.

Kfar Houneh Ecolodge (Awards 2023 Bronze for Middle East & Africa) is situated on the outskirts of its eponymous village in Lebanon, where it will promote tourism. Built with low-impact materials and efficient systems, the project preserves and integrates old ruins in the area, making them part of a tourist trail. Here, the wider condition is the biodiversity and ecosystem of the region, which the Ecolodge seeks to protect and showcase.

Holcim Awards 2023 Bronze for Middle East & Africa - Kfar Houneh Ecolodge

Holcim Foundation Awards 2023 Bronze for Middle East & Africa – Kfar Houneh Ecolodge in Lebanon: User centric solution for environmental remediation.

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Live Webinar | May 28, 2024 at 13:00 UTC

16:00 in Beirut, Lebanon

13:00 in Accra, Ghana

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Here’s what you can expect to learn in this webinar

  • How can a small project have an outsized, positive impact on its neighbourhood?
  • How is the design process unique? How is the community or the ecology given a voice?
  • What are the architectural strategies and features that reduce cost and environmental impact?
  • How is success in such projects defined and assessed?

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The conversation will be followed by a Q&A round, where you will get the opportunity to ask your most pressing questions about realising sustainable architecture to the Holcim Awards winners.

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