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May 19, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Yuzhong, China

A new planning approach brings agriculture and water to the heart of the city

A new planning approach brings agriculture and water to the heart of the cityFrench architect Jean-Pierre Pranlas-Descours and his team lead this Holcim Awards winner, in association with the French Scientific & Technical Building Centre (CSTB). The proposal for sustainable urbanisation 50km south-east of Lanzhou in China will preserve both traditional villages and agrarian land. It also offers new water-management solutions in an increasingly arid area.

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May 13, 2022 | Next Generation Accelerator (NGX) Workshop 2022 | Zurich, Switzerland

Workshop builds ideas on engaging with industry’s next generation of leaders

Workshop builds ideas on engaging with industry’s next generation of leadersThe Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction held a workshop with a hand-selected group of next generation experts to plot future challenges and ideas on transforming the built environment. In a first-of-its kind event for the Holcim Foundation, the workshop brought together the 11 members of its Next Generation Accelerator (NGX) group representing ten countries and five continents – to develop suggestions for the Foundation’s future strategy and activities. 

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May 06, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | East Jerusalem, Palestine

Restoring cultural and environmental links in East Jerusalem

Restoring cultural and environmental links in East Jerusalem This Holcim Awards winner by Riwaq aims to bring back traditional know-how, reconnect communities over sustainable practices and equip women and workers with transferable skills. These social and environmental goals will be achieved by repurposing a ruined historical site in East Jerusalem to create a public forum and cultural centre. 

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May 04, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Cordobá, Colombia

April 18, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Chicago, IL, USA

An affordable housing node on a larger urban network

An affordable housing node on a larger urban networkThis Holcim Awards winner originates from a collaboration between Michael Sorkin Studio and non-profit Blacks In Green. Their shared vision to transform a problematic neighbourhood of Chicago into a “sustainable square mile” focusses on improving housing affordability and empowering collaboration between residents.

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April 11, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Winterthur, Switzerland

March 16, 2022 | The Pritzker Architecture Prize | Chicago, IL, USA

Diébédo Francis Kéré wins “Nobel Prize” for Architecture

Diébédo Francis Kéré wins “Nobel Prize” for ArchitectureDiébédo Francis Kéré, architect, educator and social activist, has been selected as the 2022 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. His pioneering approach to architecture creates projects that are sustainable to the earth and its inhabitants - and delivers innovative solutions in lands of extreme scarcity.

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December 22, 2021 | Media Release | Zurich, Switzerland

Laura Viscovich takes over from Edward Schwarz

Laura Viscovich takes over from Edward SchwarzLaura Viscovich is replacing Edward Schwarz as Head of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. Edward Schwarz wished to retire in 2022 after more than 30 years of service in the Holcim Group, including the establishment and development of the Foundation since 2003. 

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November 19, 2021 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

Live well by design

Live well by designIn fulfillment of its motto to ‘live well by design’, the mission of Urban Splash, which Tom Bloxham describes as ‘a market-leading urban regeneration developer’ to which he is both founder and chairman, is to build beautiful, modern homes in green neighbourhoods that are full of character. Going through the history of Urban Splash and its work, which includes the creation of over 4,000 new homes, Bloxham took the seminar’s attendees through an overlook of the design firm’s most notable regenerative projects, including the transformation of historic structures such as Concert Square in Liverpool and Lister Mills in Bradford.

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November 19, 2021 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

November 19, 2021 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

Time for a real paradigm shift

Time for a real paradigm shiftby Dirk Hebel, Workshop Mentor & Professor of Sustainable Construction, Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany & Member of the Academic Committee, Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction

According to the surveys released by the European Union (EU) in 2020, the construction industry is responsible for 40% of global CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, 50% of primary energy consumption, 50% of primary raw materials used and 36% of produced solid waste. Mainstream building practices are unsustainable.

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November 19, 2021 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

We must understand the biological and technical processes of cities

We must understand the biological and technical processes of citiesIn the material world we live in today, it is becoming widely known and accepted that what we use to build our cities have a far-reaching impact. With this in mind, how can designers, architects and engineers find scalable solutions that adequately respond to the material problems we face? Questions such as this were posed by Stuart Smith, director of Arup Berlin, to the audience of his seminar at the Norman Foster Foundation.

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November 19, 2021 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

November 19, 2021 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

Cities need a sense of belonging, of place and of history

Cities need a sense of belonging, of place and of history“Architecture must arouse, inspire and feed the human spirit. The need is for professional concern with the environment and an improved quality of human life for all people.” Alongside a series of other inspiring quotes, Brinda Somaya began her seminar under the premise that, beyond building, architects must act as guardians of both the built and the natural environment.

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November 19, 2021 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

Fostering communities in harmony with nature

Fostering communities in harmony with natureTo begin her seminar, Anna Heringer stated that, while architecture can be used as a tool to improve lives, unfortunately, the opposite is also true. Because the act of building consumes many resources and involves significant budgets that, in turn, impact society, she claimed that architects have an enormous responsibility to not only construct buildings, but to foster communities that occur in harmony with nature.

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November 19, 2021 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

When Visions Collide with Practice and What to Do About It

When Visions Collide with Practice and What to Do About ItPresenting his renowned work at Better Shelter, a nonprofit company that builds shelters for displacement settlements created in response to warzone conflict and natural crises, Johan Karlsson offered an intensely provocative reconsideration of the relationship between architecture and the humanitarian system. In opposition to the precedent set by traditional shelter architecture, where temporality and impersonality often prevail, Karlsson asked, “Can we build shelters that are able to not only stand against the next hurricane, but to feel like home?”

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November 19, 2021 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

Long-term housing for migrant workers

Long-term housing for migrant workersby Angela Bai, Dev Desai and Sebastian Hitchcock

Looking initially at the most cherished part of the home, the living room, the first group was inspired by the spatial efficiencies and urban intensity of Mumbai, and, specifically, the incremental building practices of the neighbouring families who often build their homes piece by piece. In particular, their invention aimed to provide long-term housing for the migrant worker trying to find employment in the city.

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November 19, 2021 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

November 19, 2021 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

November 19, 2021 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

Understanding context and respecting the surrounding neighbourhood are paramount

Understanding context and respecting the surrounding neighbourhood are paramountCarme Pinós opened her seminar by expressing her conception of the city, the ‘articulated city’, which envisions architecture as the space of relationships and the city itself as the space in which human beings create a sense of community. Presenting various projects of her past work, Pinós referenced her transformation of Plaza de la Gardunya (2006), whose inspirations draw on her familiarity with the city of Barcelona, and, in particular, the rigid geometry of the plaza, especially towards the centre of the space.

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