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Small change, major effects

The push needed to scale up a project

Money isn’t everything. Intelligence is also required. Julia King, laureate of a LafargeHolcim Next Generation prize for Asia Pacific in 2011, advocated a sanitation strategy for New Delhi’s poorest neighbourhoods. Based on a survey painstakingly carried out in the most deprived streets of India’s capital, this young English architect prioritized the expectations of each individual, in addition to identifying the technical problems as well as the legal obstacles.

Assisted by local and international specialists of urban sanitation systems, Julia King imagined a ‘decentralised system’ for this situation with the implementation of septic tanks, solar pumps and reed beds. For Julia King, winning a prize in the LafargeHolcim Awards was the push her project needed to be scaled-up across India. She shares her experience in the special edition of international design magazine L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA) dedicated to architecture competitions. Read her full interview and jury member comments by Gunawan Tjahjono, Professor of Architecture, University of Indonesia and Wowo Ding, Dean of the School of Architecture, Nanjing University, China.

Small change, major effects (English/French flip book)

Petits changements, effets majeurs (English/French flip book)

Pequeño cambio, grandes resultados (English/Spanish flip book)

F13_attendee_TjahjonoGunawan_Indonesia.jpgF16_WowoDing.jpgJury comments

“This project provides a lifelong learning example for incremental improvement on the issue of sanitation and public health.” – Gunawan Tjahjono (pictured, left), Professor of Architecture, University of Indonesia; and Member of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for Asia Pacific in 2008 and 2011.

“We selected this project not only for its social influence, but also for its architectural quality. This winning project demonstrates the power of design in solving social problems by its educational function.” – Wowo Ding (pictured, above right), Dean of the School of Architecture, Nanjing University, China; and Head of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for Asia Pacific in 2011.

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Design competitions boost projects, careers, and networking opportunities. The LafargeHolcim Awards seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence.

The 6th cycle of the international competition is open for entries until February 25, 2020. The Awards offer a total of USD 2 million in prize money and foreground projects and concepts from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials and construction technology, and related fields. Enter your contribution to sustainable construction in the LafargeHolcim Awards – the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design.

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Last Updated: July 18, 2019
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