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September 17, 2021 | Online Panel Discussion | New York City, NY, USA

Climate Week NYC 2021

Climate Week NYC 2021Join the Climate Week NYC online panel discussion on 23 September at 10am EDT / 4pm CET to deep-dive into building net-zero cities, what tools we need and what solutions are available today.

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September 17, 2021 | Building Conversations | Venice, Italy

September 10, 2021 | Building Conversations | Venice, Italy

Hashim Sarkis Interview at the Venice Biennale

Hashim Sarkis Interview at the Venice Biennale“We need new models for what shapes architecture – and how we live together” says Hashim Sarkis, Curator of the Venice Biennale, Head of the Global Holcim Awards jury and Dean of Architecture & Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

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September 03, 2021 | Building Conversations | Venice, Italy

Fabio Gramazio Interview at the Venice Biennale

Fabio Gramazio Interview at the Venice BiennaleFor research and experimentation to challenge convention, it must push boundaries and include an element of risk. The Empa NEST platform “House for a House” in Switzerland enables testing where the costs and risks of experimentation are dramatically reduced. This creates an incentive for academia, industry, and policymakers to test convention and enable innovation.

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September 01, 2021 | Proposition for Circular Construction | Karlsruhe, Germany

Dirk Hebel dedicates his research to reducing the footprint of buildings and infrastructure through alternative building materials and construction techniques for both developed and developing economies. He says the construction industry should do more to reuse materials through harvesting existing buildings – to “mine the city”.

Dirk Hebel dedicates his research to reducing the footprint of buildings and ...Dirk Hebel speaks plainly: we already have effective solutions to avert environmental disasters, but implementation might be “too little, too late”. He sees there’s no time to continue discussing symptoms – we must set our priorities straight and tackle the causes. Circularity must underpin every step of the construction process and “sprinkling a bit of sustainability sugar on top of a project is no longer good enough”, he warns.

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August 31, 2021 | Video series | Zurich, Switzerland

Ideas on how to build greener and smarter

Ideas on how to build greener and smarterBuildings and infrastructure account for almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions and the sector consumes finite resources at the rate of 40 billion tons of raw material every year. The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has produced six short videos that each focus on an important aspect of circular materials flows. The videos follow-on from expert discussions at the Holcim Forum on Re-materializing Construction and cover a selection of solutions to help reach net-zero targets for the building and infrastructure sector.

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August 15, 2021 | Proposition for Circular Construction | Niamey, Niger

Leading Nigerien architect Mariam Kamara shares her thoughts on how to “Think Local” and improve outcomes based on the principles of circular construction.

Leading Nigerien architect Mariam Kamara shares her thoughts on how to “Think Local” and ...For Mariam Kamara, it’s time to radically redefine what we call contemporary and to re-invent aesthetic codes. A rising star of architecture and protégée of Sir David Adjaye, she is firmly committed to designing culturally, historically, and climatically relevant solutions to spatial problems, especially in Africa. She championed “think local” and circular construction as Holcim Awards jury head for Middle East Africa. She advocates an approach to sustainability that is also about people where the architect has a responsibility to rediscover culture and resources.

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July 29, 2021 | Holcim Awards Next Generation | Santiago, Chile

Alejandro Aravena in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA)

Alejandro Aravena in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA)“Alejandro Aravena is leading a new generation of architects that has a holistic understanding of the built environment and has clearly demonstrated the ability to connect social responsibility, economic demands, design of human habitat and the city” stated the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury in 2016. In the special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA) covering the Holcim Awards competition, he explains the value of focusing on ‘why’ someone is celebrated instead of ‘who’ is a winner.

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July 28, 2021 | Interview | Carte Blanche | Zurich, Switzerland

Philippe Block in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA)

Philippe Block in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA)Philippe Block appropriates the past and incorporates parametrics in manner far beyond aesthetics. He utilizes modern technology, software and digital fabrication tools, to re-explore historic construction techniques and generate new types of forms. In his interview with L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA magazine), he explains how circular construction economy strategies should build for longevity and adaptability – while at the same time reducing the volume and embodied carbon coefficient of the materials used.

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July 27, 2021 | Interview | Testimony of a Former Laureate | London, United Kingdom

Julia King in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA)

Julia King in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA)L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA) magazine caught up with Julia King, Architectural Designer and Urban Researcher at LSE Cities, London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). The recognition of winning a Holcim Awards Next Generation prize in 2011 enabled the project to move from being a speculative project to something that eventually was built.

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July 26, 2021 | Interview | Carte Blanche | Berlin, Germany

Francis Kéré in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA)

Francis Kéré in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA)Francis Kéré has become one of the world’s most distinguished contemporary architects, celebrated for his pioneering communal approach to design and his commitment to incorporating sustainable materials and modes of construction. In his interview with L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA magazine), he explains his approach to sustainable design to ensure his projects deliver a positive and lasting contribution to the physical and social environment.

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July 23, 2021 | Media Release | Venice, Italy

A blueprint for the future

A blueprint for the futureStriatus is an arched, unreinforced masonry footbridge composed of 3D-printed concrete blocks assembled without mortar. The 16x12-metre footbridge is the first of its kind, combining traditional techniques of master builders with advanced computational design, engineering, and robotic manufacturing technologies.

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July 09, 2021 | Media Release | Zurich, Switzerland

July 07, 2021 | Proposition for Circular Construction | Berlin, Germany

Stuart Smith on how to “Reconfigure Parts”

Stuart Smith on how to “Reconfigure Parts”Stuart Smith is emphatic: we must extend the lifecycle of individual components rather than systematically discarding entire structures. He cites a recent anecdote about his coffee machine to illustrate his point: when the appliance suddenly stopped working, he could buy a new one – but this option would send the old machine with all its valuable materials to a scrap heap when a single faulty part was probably to blame. In the same way, we must move beyond the discard/demolish approach to buildings.

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June 21, 2021 | Media Release | Zurich, Switzerland

June 18, 2021 | Media Release | Zurich, Switzerland

Announcement of Next Generation prize winners Asia Pacific

Announcement of Next Generation prize winners Asia PacificThe Holcim Awards are the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. The Next Generation category recognizes the visionary concepts and bold ideas of young professionals and students. Due to the high quality of the entries in the competition region of Asia Pacific, the jury selected not four but five projects to receive Next Generation prizes. The winning projects from India, Thailand, and Indonesia all share a strong focus on social sustainability.

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June 17, 2021 | Media Release | Zurich, Switzerland

Announcement of Next Generation prize winners Middle East Africa

Announcement of Next Generation prize winners Middle East AfricaThe Holcim Awards are the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. The Next Generation category recognizes the visionary concepts and bold ideas of young professionals and students. In the competition region of Middle East Africa, the jury selected four entries to receive Next Generation prizes. The winning projects from Uganda, Jordan, Sierra Leone, and Iraq have one thing in common: an intrinsic optimism about the future.

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June 16, 2021 | Media Release | Zurich, Switzerland

June 15, 2021 | Media Release | Zurich, Switzerland

Announcement of Next Generation prize winners North America

Announcement of Next Generation prize winners North AmericaThe Holcim Awards are the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. The Next Generation category recognizes the visionary concepts and bold ideas of young professionals and students. In the competition region of North America, the jury selected four entries to receive Next Generation prizes. The winning projects all address fundamental issues and challenges.

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June 14, 2021 | Media Release | Zurich, Switzerland

Announcement of Next Generation prize winners Europe

Announcement of Next Generation prize winners EuropeThe Holcim Awards are the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. The Next Generation category recognizes the visionary concepts and bold ideas of young professionals and students. In the competition region of Europe, the jury selected four entries to receive Next Generation prizes. The winning projects from Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, and the United Kingdom each highlight a different aspect of sustainable construction.

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