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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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May 12, 2021 | Proposition for Circular Construction | Zurich, Switzerland

Philippe Block on how to “Produce Leaner”

Philippe Block on how to “Produce Leaner”Philippe Block pushes boundaries. He calls into question the very postulates underlying design and what is currently considered feasible and desirable in construction. He urges all actors in the industry to “produce leaner” and move from a wasteful take-make-throw model to a circular take-make-repeat economy. This transition to circular construction can be achieved systematically by taking into consideration aspects including raw material consumption, environmental impact of a material over its lifecycle, as well as the structural geometry of building design.

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May 06, 2021 | Project Update | Augst, Switzerland

Phase 1 of Roman settlement excavation center completed

Phase 1 of Roman settlement excavation center completedPart workspace, part archive, part exhibition gallery, the Archaeological Center Augusta Raurica represents the first headquarters for a significant cultural institution safeguarding the largest Roman site in Switzerland. Phase one of construction of the excavation center in the village of Augst near Basel, Switzerland of 4,200 square meters is completed – and a further 5,200 square meters are currently being added as phase two of the LafargeHolcim Awards prize winning project by Karamuk Kuo Architects from Zurich.

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April 29, 2021 | Proposition for Circular Construction | Paris, France

Anne Lacaton on the philosophy of “Always Transform”

Anne Lacaton on the philosophy of “Always Transform”Celebrated for placing sustainability and humanity at the heart of their practice, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal are the prestigious Pritzker Prize for Architecture laureates of 2021.

At a time when construction is still generating almost 40% of all waste to landfill globally, and when governments are recognizing the challenges of resource efficiency in the push to achieve sustainability goals, their maxim of “never demolish, always transform” strikes a resounding note in favour of circular construction.

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April 20, 2021 | New European Bauhaus | Brussels, Belgium

LafargeHolcim Foundation joins the New European Bauhaus as an Official Partner

LafargeHolcim Foundation joins the New European Bauhaus as an Official PartnerThe New European Bauhaus is an environmental, economic and cultural project, aimed at combining design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability and investment. The project help to deliver the European Green Deal – a set of policies set out by the European Commission to make Europe climate neutral by 2050.

The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has been selected to become an Official Partner of the New European Bauhaus and will act as a promoter and key dialogue stakeholder throughout the initiative.

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April 07, 2021 | The Materials Book | Cambridge, United Kingdom

Bringing together small improvements to deliver transformations in performance

Bringing together small improvements to deliver transformations in performanceConstruction is a ten-trillion-dollar industry that underpins economies and worker productivity. Yet despite its importance, construction sector productivity has been flatlining – and practices that have transformed other sectors, including automation and lean principles, have not yet been adopted. Marginal Gains in Construction (MaGIC) brings together multiple programs of work that examine mainstream construction, rather than its glamorous extremes, to achieve maximum impact.

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March 18, 2021 | The Pritzker Architecture Prize | Chicago, IL, USA

Lacaton & Vassal win “Nobel Prize” for Architecture

Lacaton & Vassal win “Nobel Prize” for ArchitectureAnne Lacaton and Jean-Phillipe Vassal have been selected as 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureates and are acclaimed for their work on public housing and sustainable design. Under the mantra of “Never demolish, never remove or replace, always add, transform, and reuse!” – their approach pursues economic, social and environmental performance that addresses the challenges of building smarter, greener and for all.

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March 11, 2021 | Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2021 | Zurich, Switzerland

Hybrid meeting to select world’s best in sustainable design

Hybrid meeting to select world’s best in sustainable designThe jury of nine experts are currently selecting the global prize winners in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. The 33 finalist projects from 25 countries are displayed as a poster exhibition in Zurich and are also made available via an online platform for jury members who were unable to travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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March 03, 2021 | The Materials Book | San Rafael, CA, USA

The new carbon architecture

The new carbon architectureIn the effort to halt and reverse climate change, the embodied carbon of building materials matters more than anyone had thought. We are in technological reach, within a generation, of creating buildings and cities that generate more energy than they use, reverse the emissions engine, cool the climate and make nicer places to live and work.

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February 24, 2021 | The Materials Book | New Delhi, India

Greener and more circular approaches to building materials

Greener and more circular approaches to building materialsThe Society for Technology & Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), a three-decade- old social enterprise based in New Delhi, develops greener technologies and processes for the construction industry. Three of these – EcoKilns, Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3), and new methods for the reuse of construction waste – have been proven at commercial scale and are being adopted by companies small and large.

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February 22, 2021 | The Materials Book | Lausanne, Switzerland

Monitoring material flows and their regenerative values

Monitoring material flows and their regenerative valuesIn a world where data is ubiquitous, it might seem easy to monitor material and energy flows through urban systems. Policymakers and society as a whole rarely acknowledge resource, energy, or water scarcity. More often than not, they are not properly measured, or only partially so, even though a misleading indicator can be as detrimental as no measure at all: both can steer us in the wrong direction.

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February 17, 2021 | Board Update | Sydney, Australia

Maria Atkinson AM to chair Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation

Maria Atkinson AM to chair Board of the LafargeHolcim FoundationThe LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction ensures that its activities are aligned with the leading-edge of sustainable development across architectural, scientific, cultural and policy concerns. The important role of setting strategic direction is the responsibility of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

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February 17, 2021 | The Materials Book | Paris, France

Reducing the embodied emissions of the built environment

Reducing the embodied emissions of the built environmentThe global urban population is projected to increase by 57% to 2.4 billion in the next 30 years – and material consumption is predicted to grow even faster. Without a new approach, the high demand for raw materials far exceeds what the planet can sustainably provide. A promising opportunity for reducing carbon emissions in the built environment and infrastructure is incorporating the principles of the circular economy into all phases of a building’s cycle, which can help meet the needs of the built space while contributing to the goal of carbon neutrality.

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February 10, 2021 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Focus on low-carbon construction and circular material flows in LafargeHolcim Awards competition

Focus on low-carbon construction and circular material flows in LafargeHolcim Awards competitionA jury of nine experts will meet to select the global prize winners of the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. 33 finalist projects from 25 countries will take part in the global phase of the competition. The LafargeHolcim Awards promotes innovation in how the built environment is engineered and designed – a crucial requirement to enable the transition to low-carbon construction and circular material flows.

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December 30, 2020 | Promoting Sustainable Design since 2003 | Zurich, Switzerland

Wishing you all the best for a safe, happy and prosperous New Year

Wishing you all the best for a safe, happy and prosperous New YearThe LafargeHolcim Foundation for SustainableConstruction looks forward to doing its part in 2021 to promote Carbon Neutral Construction that reduces CO2 in materials and processes; Circular Construction that recycles materials such as building and demolition waste; and Design Innovation & Digital Design to build more with less.

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December 09, 2020 | The Materials Book | Cairo, Egypt

An urban metabolism study in Cairo

An urban metabolism study in CairoAlthough cities are engines of economic development and concentrations of human activities, they are also hubs for consumption with the resulting environmental degradation. An urban metabolism study of two diverse districts of Cairo – a formal district and an informal one – aims to understand flows in these districts and propose locally-responsive interventions.

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December 04, 2020 | The Materials Book | Zurich, Switzerland

Reconnecting energy and climate to architectural design

Reconnecting energy and climate to architectural designBuildings consume energy in two main ways. Firstly, through their use of building materials and the energy required for the construction process, and secondly through the operation of the building. A large (and growing) contributor to this skyrocketing energy demand is the rapid growth and reliance on mechanical air-conditioning.

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November 13, 2020 | LafargeHolcim Roundtable | Zurich, Switzerland

Experts from academia and LafargeHolcim shape the next Forum of the LafargeHolcim Foundation

Experts from academia and LafargeHolcim shape the next Forum of the LafargeHolcim FoundationExperts including members of the Academic Committee (AC) of the LafargeHolcim Foundation and from top management of the LafargeHolcim Group took an active role in the first ever “internal” Roundtable for Sustainable Construction led by Marilyne Andersen, professor at EPFL Lausanne. The virtual meeting was the launchpad to define topics and speakers for the next symposium of the global LafargeHolcim Foundation – the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-manufacturing Construction” is scheduled for early 2022 in São Paulo, Brazil. The Forum will focus on sustainable construction in the scientific field to promote interdisciplinary dialog, bring forward new ideas, and examine potential solutions.

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November 02, 2020 | Foundations 24 | Eclepens, Switzerland

October 21, 2020 | Foundations 24 | Zurich, Switzerland

October 20, 2020 | Foundations 24 | Eclepens, Switzerland

October 18, 2020 | Publication Announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

September 30, 2020 | Project Update | Wellesley, MA, USA

The re-imagined greenhouse is growing on its residents

The re-imagined greenhouse is growing on its residentsConstruction of the LafargeHolcim Awards winning net-zero energy greenhouse at Wellesley College, USA was completed in 2019. Sustainable design is at the very core of the structure, form, and system – meeting sustainability metrics as a matter of course and then goes much further to achieve a virtuosity of integration. The Global Flora conservatory at the Margaret C Ferguson Greenhouses will open to the general public when renovation of the Science Center is completed, planned for early 2022. More than 1,000 varieties of plants are housed in the bio-friendly greenhouse – and are showing signs of handling the transition well.

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August 27, 2020 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

July 31, 2020 | The Materials Book | Cairo, Egypt

Harvesting Materials in a World of Finite Resources

Harvesting Materials in a World of Finite ResourcesA global discourse on materials must address the issue of the harvesting and repurposing of waste. Traditional waste management systems in the Global South are embedded in realities that are often too complex for systems based on the European model to understand. These informal, socially constructed systems are difficult for city planners to accommodate because they developed from the needs and realities of urban inhabitants and were not determined or implemented on a governmental level. They derive from the residents’ knowledge of informal markets and trading systems and provide the most destitute segments of society with incomes, livelihoods, trades, occupations, and economic growth opportunities that other sectors do not provide.

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July 21, 2020 | The Materials Book | Madrid, Spain

Sustainability is inseparable from nature

Sustainability is inseparable from natureTo speak about the materials of construction, as a designer, is to take into account the context of the materials. Starting with history: it’s been said that if you want to look far into the future, first look far into the past. History is inseparable from place. Sustainability, similarly, is inseparable from nature.

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July 15, 2020 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Eclepens, Switzerland

LafargeHolcim Awards juries nominate winners in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

LafargeHolcim Awards juries nominate winners in world’s most significant competition for ...For each region of the world, nine jurors spent two to three days reviewing submissions and selecting the best projects and visions in sustainable construction. The expertly managed process nominates the potential winners and runners-up in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition. A multi-step verification process must confirm the winners now which will be communicated in 2021. Physical jury meetings and prize hand-over events had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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July 09, 2020 | The Materials Book | Zurich, Switzerland

Flexibility is essential for economic and environmental efficiency

Flexibility is essential for economic and environmental efficiencyThe well-known triad of environment, economy, and society depicts the many dimensions of sustainability in an understandable yet complex way. Architects must plan buildings – and cities – where people feel comfortable, find their manifold needs satisfied, and treat others with respect. As its needs evolve, a community must be able to identify with, take care of, and reuse buildings and cities instead of tearing them down. How long does a structure need to last? How easily can it be repurposed?

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June 29, 2020 | The Materials Book | Paris, France

Considering the existing as a valuable resource

Considering the existing as a valuable resourceMaking do is about using what we already have. It is about considering the existing as a valuable resource, not as unsatisfactory or constraining. Each existing situation is an opportunity consisting of elements, qualities, and capacities that can be integrated, reactivated, and reused. Each existing structure offers materials that can drastically reduce the need for new materials. Each site permits invention and imagination.

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June 25, 2020 | The Materials Book | Chennai, India

Paradigm shift: The city of 1,000 tanks – Chennai

Paradigm shift: The city of 1,000 tanks – ChennaiWater is a vital resource for all life, yet it is also associated with many of the greatest threats to humanity, from melting ice caps to toxic rivers. A holistic approach to water management can be an emblem for a culture of sustainability. 

Chennai currently works with a perception of scarcity – water is transported across long distances from unsustainable sources to nourish the city. India’s fourth most populous urban agglomeration receives more than enough rain to supply its population of almost ten million people, but the rainwater is quickly expelled into the sea. Wastewater is not reused as an asset; but is allowed to pollute the aquifer. By closing the water loop locally through rainwater harvesting and wastewater recycling, Chennai can become resilient.

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June 24, 2020 | Project Update | Mexico City, Mexico

Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold winning project in Mexico City completed

Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold winning project in Mexico City completedHydropuncture: La Quebradora Waterpark in Mexico City is about to open. Supplying enough clean drinking water on the one hand and mitigating urban flooding on the other is a problem that is as commonplace as it is paradoxical in Mexico City. A project to tackle both infrastructural and social challenges of urban water management is already a success story – because for a long time it seemed it would be stopped, mainly by bureaucratic hurdles.

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June 17, 2020 | The Materials Book | Karlsruhe, Germany

Reuse and recycling: Materializing a circular construction

Reuse and recycling: Materializing a circular constructionEver since the industrial revolution, the global economic system has been based on a single linear pattern: the “take – make – throw” model. Companies manufacture products using harvested or extracted materials and consequently sell them to consumers who – once the products are broken, old, or out of fashion – dispose of them, including all their embedded raw materials, water, energy, and knowledge.

To break this pattern, there must be a paradigm shift in the underlying approach, one that will radically change our economic and ecological understanding and decouple economic growth and resource consumption: a shift from a linear to a circular economy.

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June 15, 2020 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Eclépens, Switzerland

Region by region: First-ever virtual meetings of LafargeHolcim Awards juries

Region by region: First-ever virtual meetings of LafargeHolcim Awards juriesEvaluating projects in a virtual meeting across up to five time zones and continents is a new experience for many members of the regional LafargeHolcim Awards juries. The panels that are usually physical meetings hosted by associated universities of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction are being replaced by multi-day online sessions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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May 25, 2020 | The Materials Book | Stuttgart, Germany

Changing paradigms: Creating the future without destroying the world

Changing paradigms: Creating the future without destroying the worldIs the idea of building more with less a Utopia? Maybe. But to me, it’s the key to our future and a challenge we must urgently address. We must all tackle the social, economic, and environmental problems created by population growth, migration, climate change, and dwindling supplies of resources. How do we do this? By building differently and by reforming a construction industry that is famously resistant to change while creating a built environment that requires significantly less material.

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May 18, 2020 | Covid-19: A push for sustainable construction | Zurich, Switzerland

Long-term programs instead of a reactive flurry of separate action

Long-term programs instead of a reactive flurry of separate action How will the Covid-19 pandemic affect the built environment? Will we have to rethink concepts such as urban densification – or will we simply return to “business as usual” once the crisis abates? Experts from the network of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction from around the globe share their views.

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May 12, 2020 | LafargeHolcim | Zug, Switzerland

Philippe Block joins the Board of Directors of the LafargeHolcim Group

Philippe Block joins the Board of Directors of the LafargeHolcim GroupIn his capacity as member of the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction since 2014, Philippe Block has been instrumental in realising exemplary projects and in leading debates to promote and enhance sustainability in how and with which materials we build. Philippe Block is Professor of Architecture and Structure at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland and was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim Ltd at its Annual General Meeting 2020.

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April 23, 2020 | The Materials Book | San Francisco, CA, USA

Mushroom materials named under the sun

Mushroom materials named under the sunThe ability to grow synthetic wood, open cell foams, and leather analogs is only a small demonstration of what mushroom materials are capable of. Our knowledge of mushrooms is fractured between different industries, areas of expertise, and histories of study. In this new field of applied materials, there is an urgent need for basic measurements and standardized physical parameters at the microscopic level. If we are to fully understand this emerging area of husbandry, it’s going to require significant investment – as well as smart people focused on thinking about rotten things.

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April 18, 2020 | LafargeHolcim | Zug, Switzerland

LafargeHolcim's global response to Covid-19

LafargeHolcim's global response to Covid-19To promote the health and well-being of communities, LafargeHolcim – sponsor of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction – is implementing an extraordinary range of measures at country level. Everyone has their part to play in the fight against the Coronavirus (Covid-19), from big to small.

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April 13, 2020 | The Materials Book | Karlsruhe, Germany

Changing paradigms: Materials for a world not yet built

Changing paradigms: Materials for a world not yet builtThe 21st century needs to face a radical paradigm shift in how we produce materials for the construction of our habitat. While the first industrial revolution resulted in a conversion from regenerative (agrarian) to non-regenerative material sources (mines), our era may experience the reverse – a shift toward cultivating, breeding, raising, farming, or growing future resources that goes hand-in-hand with a reorientation of biological production methods and goals.

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March 11, 2020 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

February 17, 2020 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

LafargeHolcim Awards Evaluation Criteria

LafargeHolcim Awards Evaluation CriteriaThe LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction is committed to the underlying principles of sustainability, which assert that long-term development of the built environment requires a balanced interplay of responsible economic, ecological, and social agendas.

The five “target issues” aim to clarify principles for sustaining the human habitat for future generations and serve as criteria for projects submitted for the LafargeHolcim Awards.

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February 14, 2020 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Members of jury announced – Competition open for entries until February 25

Members of jury announced – Competition open for entries until February 25A jury of nine experts headed by Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the MIT School of Architecture & Planning, will evaluate entries in the Global phase of the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards in 2021. The competition is currently open for submissions at the regional level. The USD 2 million Awards seek projects by professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that foreground design excellence and sustainability in the built environment.

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February 07, 2020 | Roundtable & Workshop | Madrid, Spain

Towards a low-carbon urban environment

Towards a low-carbon urban environment The “Towards a low-carbon urban environment” panel discussions and workshops in Madrid and Barcelona brought together key actors in the construction sector to examine the challenges and responsibility to reduce carbon emissions. Hosted by LafargeHolcim Spain, the workshop commenced with welcome addresses by Isidoro Miranda, CEO of LafargeHolcim Spain who explained the steps being taken to reduce carbon emissions, and Mariano Garcia, Industrial Director of LafargeHolcim who outlined low carbon products and solutions.

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February 04, 2020 | Organization of the LafargeHolcim Foundation | Zurich, Switzerland

Rejuvenation of the Board and Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation

Rejuvenation of the Board and Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim FoundationThe Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has welcomed three new members to further support defining the strategies to encourage innovative approaches to sustainable construction. In addition, the Academic Committee (AC) of the Foundation has been augmented with a new member and a coordinator. The AC is based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich/EPFL Lausanne) and provides support by developing, implementing, and monitoring initiatives of the Foundation.

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February 02, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

LafargeHolcim Awards Tip #14

LafargeHolcim Awards Tip #14The LafargeHolcim Awards competition closes at 14:00hrs Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) no matter where you’re located in the world. Registration is open until Tuesday February 25, 2020 (14:00hrs UTC) at that time, it is no longer possible to start a new entry.

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February 01, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

Tip #13 – LafargeHolcim Awards

Tip #13 – LafargeHolcim Awards There is no charge to enter the LafargeHolcim Awards competition. It’s free – and you can enter as many projects or concepts as you wish, from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials science, construction technology, and related fields.

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January 31, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

LafargeHolcim Awards Tip #12

LafargeHolcim Awards Tip #12We’re incredibly pleased with the level of interest in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition and anticipate a large volume of submissions by the close of entries on February 25, 2020. To enable your entry to stand out during the jury evaluation, make the most effective use of the spaces allocated in the online entry form – it’s important to make each element count. Keep your eye on the details and make sure you include specifics, avoid assumptions, and back up your claims.

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January 30, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

Tip #11 – LafargeHolcim Awards

Tip #11 – LafargeHolcim AwardsThere’s a new feature in the LafargeHolcim Awards Main Category entry form. For the first time, we’re asking all Main Category entrants to provide a qualitative narrative on CO2 Lifecycle Assessment. Global greenhouse emissions must be significantly reduced in the future, and the LafargeHolcim Awards seeks projects that make a contribution toward this objective.

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January 29, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

Tip #10 – LafargeHolcim Awards

Tip #10 – LafargeHolcim Awards We’ve tried to keep things simple for you to enter the LafargeHolcim Awards. There are tips (“info” icon in the online entry form) and a detailed Step-by-step guide – but sometimes you might have an additional question. That’s when you need to contact our Helpdesk.

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January 28, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

Tip #9 – LafargeHolcim Awards

Tip #9 – LafargeHolcim AwardsWe’d love to hear more about every project entered in the LafargeHolcim Awards, but our jury meetings last only two days. That’s why the text fields in the entry form are short: you need to stay on track and be concise.

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January 27, 2020 | Book Announcement | Berlin, Germany

The Materials Book presents ideas on environmentally mindful and socially responsible use of construction materials and resources

The Materials Book presents ideas on environmentally mindful and socially responsible use ...With the population growing by 2.6 people per second, by 2050 the world will need twice as many homes, highways, streets, and schools – all kinds of built infrastructure. That will require vast quantities of construction materials and untold emissions of carbon dioxide, both for building new structures as well as heating, cooling, and maintaining them over their lifespan.

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January 27, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

Tip #8 – LafargeHolcim Awards

Tip #8 – LafargeHolcim Awards The LafargeHolcim Awards competition is truly global. In the 2016/17 entry period, we received entries from more than 120 countries. But to ensure the independent regional juries evaluate all submissions equally – and also enable the LafargeHolcim Foundation to share information about the amazing winning projects – submissions must be completed in English.

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January 26, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

Tip #7 – LafargeHolcim Awards

Tip #7 – LafargeHolcim AwardsPlease don’t send us any physical printouts of your entry via post or courier. Only print a copy of your entry in the LafargeHolcimAwards if you wish to keep a physical copy for your own records.

We use the data submitted in the online entry form to generate display books of all entries for the independent regional juries. This allows us to present each submission in a standard layout. Creating the same standard layout for each submission gives each entry an equal opportunity to attract the attention of the jury.

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January 25, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

Tip #6 – LafargeHolcim Awards

Tip #6 – LafargeHolcim Awards Execution of projects entered in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition may not have started before January 1, 2019. It’s important to understand exactly how the start date is defined. The condition means that physical construction/manufacturing of the project must not have started before January 1, 2019 – but it’s perfectly acceptable for design/research work to have already started before they key date. 

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January 24, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

Tip #5 – LafargeHolcim Awards

Tip #5 – LafargeHolcim AwardsThe online entry form includes three texts to explain how your project contributes to sustainable construction. These relatively short texts need to be strongly focused to explain the benefits of your project to the independent regional jury. The statements should refer to the “target issues” for sustainable construction – stay fully-focused so your project stands out from the crowd.

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January 24, 2020 | L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui | Paris, France

Benefits of global design competitions featured in special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui

Benefits of global design competitions featured in special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’huiIf architecture is a culture of ideas then the way to leverage innovation is to enable cultural exchange, states architecture critic Edwin Heathcote in a special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA).

Because architecture has a tendency to look inwards into its own culture, the kind of networking architects often indulge in so often appears to be curiously within its own boundaries. I was always a little puzzled by this craving for peer recognition, but it does make a kind of sense.

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January 23, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

Tip #4 – LafargeHolcim Awards

Tip #4 – LafargeHolcim AwardsA picture is worth 1,000 words – so it’s worth making the most of the image section of your LafargeHolcim Awards competition entry. Images are an important opportunity to explain your project in a compelling way to the independent regional Awards jury, especially since space for text is limited. The images should focus on the key points of your project and how it responds to the “target issues” for sustainable construction.

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January 22, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

Tip #3 – LafargeHolcim Awards

Tip #3 – LafargeHolcim AwardsStaying focused on the “target issues” for sustainable construction will help your project to stand out in the LafargeHolcim Awards. Make sure you understand how your project most contributes according to the target issues when responding to the “statements on sustainability” in the online entry form.

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January 21, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

Tip #2 – LafargeHolcim Awards

Tip #2 – LafargeHolcim AwardsOur Step-by-step guide is a detailed handbook on how to enter the LafargeHolcim Awards. As the name suggests, the guide explains each of the five steps to complete the online entry form – and further information to help you present your project in the most convincing way.

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January 20, 2020 | 14 Tips in 14 Days | Zurich, Switzerland

Tip #1– LafargeHolcim Awards

Tip #1– LafargeHolcim AwardsThere are only 36 days left to enter the LafargeHolcim Awards competition – so now’s the time to get started. The best way to understand what information is needed to enter the competition is to open an online entry form, and start filling it in.

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January 17, 2020 | Association of Polish Architects Event | Warsaw, Poland

Reducing the carbon footprint panel discussion hosted by Association of Polish Architects

Reducing the carbon footprint panel discussion hosted by Association of Polish ArchitectsMoving towards net zero emissions a is critical element of addressing climate change. Together, building and construction are responsible for almost 40% of global carbon emissions. Figures from the World Green Building Council attribute around 11% of global carbon emissions to the “upfront” carbon associated with the materials and construction processes through the whole building lifecycle* – with the remainder attributed to operational emissions (energy used to heat, cool and light buildings). A series of presentations and panel discussion hosted by the Association of Polish Architects examined the urgent need for sustainable construction and what is preventing us from changing now.

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