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August 04, 2022 | Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction | Zurich, Switzerland

Announcement

AnnouncementIt is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of our friend, Edward “Edi” Schwarz, who suddenly passed away earlier this week. Edi touched the lives of many people across all five continents during his tenure as General Manager of the Holcim Foundation.

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July 24, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Cha das Caldeiras, Cape Verde

July 16, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Cali, Colombia

July 08, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Boston, MA, USA

Restoring a critical link in Boston’s regional park system

Restoring a critical link in Boston’s regional park systemThe extensive Emerald Necklace park system is one of Boston’s distinctive urban amenities. Highway expansion beginning in the 1960s severed the system at various points. Today, a broad-based project aims to repair one of the most important and heavily affected sections of parkland.

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July 02, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Skellefteå, Sweden

Using materials and techniques to reduce emissions and environmental performance

Using materials and techniques to reduce emissions and environmental performanceThe Sara Culture Centre in Skellefteå, currently one of the tallest wooden high-rises in the world, aims to be accessible and enhance the city’s attractiveness. The design by Oskar Norelius, Robert Schmitz, and their team from White Arkitekter won an international design competition in 2015 for a new cultural center in the heart of the city of Skellefteå in the north of Sweden.

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June 26, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Shenzhen, China

Architects are redefining urban development by revitalizing an ancient district in Shenzhen

Architects are redefining urban development by revitalizing an ancient district in ShenzhenShenzhen is one of the most rapidly growing megacities in the world, with a population that has soared from a few thousand in 1980 to 13 million today. The city’s booming economy continues to attract new inhabitants but available space for urban development is scarce. Planners usually opt to demolish the traditional villages that were swallowed up by the urban sprawl, but Jing Han and Yuxing Zhang see things differently: their project preserves Shajing Ancient Fair, the largest remaining historic district in Shenzhen. By restoring six sites along the small Longjin River, their intervention creates new spaces while giving traditional areas a new lease of life.

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June 25, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Al Mukalla, Yemen

June 23, 2022 | Next Generation Awards Lab | Lausanne, Switzerland

Next Generation Awards Lab celebrates new ideas in sustainable construction

Next Generation Awards Lab celebrates new ideas in sustainable construction The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction hosted a workshop with some of the brightest young minds in architecture, urbanism and design from Europe, Middle East Africa and Asia Pacific. The Next Generation Awards Lab held in Lausanne, Switzerland, brought together student and young professional prize winners of the Holcim Awards competition from three regions to receive their trophies, present their prize-winning concepts, and forge a network for future exchange.

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June 18, 2022 | Norman Foster Foundation Workshop | Madrid, Spain

June 16, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Laranjal do Jari, Brazil

An Amazon community participate in design and construction

An Amazon community participate in design and constructionThe engagement of the community during the design and construction process is a remarkable contribution to social inclusion and knowledge transfer in this Holcim Awards winning project. Villagers of the Iratapuro River community in north-eastern Brazil collect and process Brazil nuts. They share the profits of extracted nut oil supplied to Natura, a cosmetics company.

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June 08, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Yellowknife, NT, Canada

Bringing holistic healthcare to indigenous nations in northern Canada

Bringing holistic healthcare to indigenous nations in northern CanadaThis new health complex is tailored to the cultural needs of indigenous people and is sustainably embedded in the Arctic environment. Architects Lola Sheppard and Mason White collaborated with the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation (AIWF) to envision a centre that will cater to the needs of 22,000 people from seven indigenous groups living in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

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June 03, 2022 | Holcim Awards prize-winner interview | Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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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